A Behind the Scenes Look at Testing with Tokenworks’ Robotic Arm

We’re excited to share a little behind the scenes look at some of what goes into ensuring that our equipment never fails. In this brief video, you can have a look at our robotic arm swiping an ID card through our AgeVisor Touch scanners, racking up the swipe counts and ensuring all is storing and running properly. The robotic arm runs continuously and helps ensure that our ID scanners run reliably over the long term. Have a peek below!

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Washington DC Changes License Wording to Reduce Confusion

Washington D.C. drivers are about to see a new name on their licenses, and it’s not their own. According to the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles, licenses in D.C. will be changing from saying “District of Columbia” to “Washington D.C.” across the top starting in June. The “District of Columbia” wording has been proving confusing in some jurisdictions, escalating to the point of being detained in airport security lines or questioned when trying to buy alcohol out of state.

The old D.C. license:

Washington DC Driver's License Name Change

Officials have decided specifying “Washington D.C.” should remove any margin for error and allow DC license-holders to return to life sans questioning.

License-holders with the current “District of Columbia” driver’s licenses won’t need to rush to their local DMV any time soon. The licenses will remain valid until they expire, with new licenses using “Washington D.C.” being rolled out starting in June. This unfortunately leaves current DC license holders vulnerable to continued questioning and detainment by those who don’t actually know what or where the District of Columbia is. Perhaps with the roll-out of the new licenses, there should also come a U.S. geography brochure!


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Software Update: v.3.3 HID Available for IDWedgeBT ID Scanner

We’re excited to announce a software update to our IDWedgeBT ID Scanner. The software update to version 3.3 HID includes the following features:

  • Change Magnetic Card detection to work with USAA Visa Debit by changing the test on track2 length to >=28
  • Update Parsing to fix Y2K issue for IDs with a date of birth after 2000.

Updates span across three versions of our IDWedgeBT software. More information including download/installation links and instructions can be found below:

IDWedgeBT Application Updater

IDWedgeBT SPP Application Updater

IDWedgeBT Keyboard Application Updater

For product specifics and more information about our IDWedgeBT Portable Form Filler ID Scanners, click here.

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New Hampshire Gets New, Redesigned Driver’s Licenses and ID Cards

As of January 2, 2017, New Hampshire residents are enjoying newly redesigned driver’s licenses and ID cards, sporting both a new aesthetic and more secure features. Among some of the new attributes of the New Hampshire ID cards– a more colorful background, and depictions of iconic New Hampshire symbols including the purple lilac, a profile of The Old Man of the Mountain, and a silhouette of the state of New Hampshire (seen below).

New NH Driver's License and ID card design - front view New NH Driver's License and ID card design - back view

The features of the new cards add a Real ID compliant level of security that ranks New Hampshire among the most advanced in the nation, according to the New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles. Real ID compliant cards will enable citizens to board domestic flights and enter federal buildings, among other federal ID purposes, whereas non-compliant forms of ID will only work until October 1, 2020.

New Hampshire residents will receive the new design when applying, and current New Hampshire license and ID cardholders will receive the new design when they renew, though they are not required to renew until the expiration date listed on their current ID/license. Existing New Hampshire driver’s licenses and ID cards will remain valid until their expiration.

For more information about the new New Hampshire license and ID card design or to learn more about Real ID compliance, visit NH.gov/dmv.

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IDWedge Version 3.5 Released – Tokenworks Software Update

New IDWedge version 3.5 software update:  includes support for M420 barcode scanner. This is the latest update to the industry’s first ID Scanner Auto Form filler, the precursor to IDWedge Pro – which added multiple forms and WCF which makes it ideal for web browsers. You can get the update by following the instructions here.

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Introducing: AgeVisor Touch – Our First Point-of-Sale POS Retail ID Scanner with PC-Grade Performance

This is a press release from TokenWorks, originally published on PRWeb here

TokenWorks’ new AgeVisor™ Touch ID Scanner shatters the price-performance barrier with a 7” touch screen display, large storage capacity, and power necessary for businesses serving age sensitive products/services like alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and gaming. Features that set a new benchmark for the age verification industry include talking warnings, intuitive icons, advanced data storage, support/upgrades via WiFi, mounting and stand options.

AgeVisor™ Touch incorporates the power of a personal computer (PC) in a sleek, mountable aircraft-grade aluminum enclosure for an uncomplicated and intuitive ID scanning experience. It scans the machine-readable data on the magnetic stripe or 2D barcode of all North American driver’s licenses and military IDs. It warns operators for underage, expired, reused, or VIP/Banned patrons using human voice warnings and industry specific color-coded icons. AgeVisor™ Touch saves the last 250,000 scans with automatic database management functions while providing a simplified customer relationship management for the end user. Simply unpack, turn it on and start scanning.

“AgeVisor AgeVisor™ is a major milestone in the age verification industry which traditionally has been ID checkers with small monochrome displays, limited data capacity and non-hands free operation. When one compares the AgeVisor™ Touch to those first generation ID Scanners, it is like comparing a Tesla to a Model T.” says Charles Cagliostro, President of TokenWorks. “Human voice warnings make it almost impossible for an employee to mistakenly serve a minor.”

Data captured by AgeVisor™ Touch can be exported to a spreadsheet, from which users can learn about groups of customers (time of visit, frequency of visits, gender breakdown) and create accurate mailing lists. AgeVisor™ software will capture all the standard information found on government issued identification, as well as keep a visit count for each ID. Additionally, customers can be given custom tags (i.e. “VIP” or “banned”), and email addresses and phone numbers can be entered. The aircraft-grade aluminum case requires little to no countertop space. The device can be wall mounted in multiple orientations using pre-drilled holes, or attached to various stand options to accommodate any ID scanning configuration.

For existing customers with IDVisor® Z22 Mobile and Countertop ID Scanners, Tokenworks is offering an upgrade to the AgeVisor™ Touch for $595. This offer is good until 1/30/2017. New AgeVisor™ Touch ID Checkers will retail for $895.00.

About TokenWorks®
Founded in 1998, TokenWorks is a leading and one of the largest providers of portable and desktop ID Scanner products with age verification, lead capture and access control applications. Products offered by TokenWorks can be viewed at http://www.idscanner.com. For more information, call 1-800-574-5034 or visit: http://www.TokenWorks.com; you can also e-mail: sales(at)tokenworks(dot)com

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Arkansas Drivers Get More Secure License Design

Arkansas is the latest state in the queue to upgrade their driver’s license to a new, more secure design that metaphorically puts Arkansas drivers back in the driver’s seat regarding their identity protection. This design upgrade is in response to the federal REAL ID Act, a government-issued initiative focused on specific, strict guidelines for ID cards and licenses in several states. In the images below, you can see the gold star embedded on the new REAL ID-compliant cards (on the left).

New Enhanced Arkansas Driver's License Design

Federal rule also dictates that by October 2020, those boarding commercial passenger flights or entering federal buildings and installations will need to present an enhanced ID. Arkansas residents can begin acquiring their replacement enhanced license on October 3 at several state revenue offices. Standard licenses and IDs will still be available after this date, but the roll-out will continue as drivers’ licenses expire.

The new Arkansas driver’s license and ID card design will give drivers peace of mind in knowing that their identities are being protected. The new design makes the ID cards more difficult to tamper with and will further discourage individuals from making fake IDs for underage drinking or other fraudulent activities.

“The intent here is to increase the security of the license and the person carrying it,” Walter Anger, assistant revenue commissioner for the Arkansas Dept. of Finance and Administration said. “This is a major step in protecting the identity of the individual and ensuring that licenses and ID cards are issued properly and to the right person.”

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Mississippi Drivers Get New License Design and Secure Renewal Process 5 Years in the Making

Mississippi residents will experience the biggest overhaul in MS driver’s license history as the Mississippi Department of Public Safety has begun rolling out a new driver’s license design, culminating an overhaul 5 years in the making.

Motorists who renew or are ordering a duplicate license (online and in-person at renewal kiosks) will enjoy the benefits of a much more secure license and better protection of their personal information. DPS officials say the new licenses and system for distributing them via kiosks and the Internet should be complete within a year, drastically reducing wait times and overall improving efficiency of the licensure process.

Showcased below, there are two versions of the new Mississippi driver’s license – horizontal for over 21, and vertical for minors under 21 years old.

new Mississippi Driver's License design

New Mississippi driver's license design for minors

“This state-of-the-art system will expedite services provided from both our administrative and field operational locations,” said Major Kenneth Brown, Bureau Director of Driver Service Bureau, MS Department of Public Safety. “The beneficial impact to the public will be that it creates convenience and faster services with a better and safer credential. All features of our new license will provide enhanced security aimed at the protection of our citizens. As this modernization process continues, we will eventually move to full implementation within all of our front counter driver license locations.”

More information about Mississippi license renewal can be found at the MS Dept of Public Works Website.

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Rhode Island Rolls Out New, More Secure Driver’s License and ID Cards

The Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles has announced that it has begun issuing driver’s licenses and ID cards that feature a new background and other security features at its Cranston and Woonsocket DMV locations, as of Tuesday, July 19, 2016. This is the first Rhode Island license design update since 2003.

New Rhode Island Driver's License and State ID Card design

By mid-August, all Rhode Island DMV branches, including AAA and online license renewals will feature the new license and ID card style on all Rhode Island driver’s licenses (both commercial and regular operator) and state identification cards.

Like the recently updated Massachusetts ID cards and licenses, all existing active Rhode Island licenses will remain valid until they expire, at which time they will be replaced with the new design. No further action needs to be taken by Rhode Island residents in order to transition to the new design, and license fees will not change.

New Rhode Island Driver’s License features

Visually, the new licenses and ID cards will feature the Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge in the background.

Federally compliant security features include:

  • Optically variable patterns: includes state name, state seal, an anchor and stars. When viewed from different angles these elements appear to shift.
  • Large primary license-holder photo, paired with a smaller “ghost” portrait.
  • Multiple data locations: cardholder’s date of birth can be found in three locations.
  • UV (UltraViolet) ink: special ink only glows when exposed to UV light
  • “Document discriminator”: includes inventory control number and barcode.
  • Tamper-resistant material

In addition to the roll-out of the new licenses, the Rhode Island DMV will also implement “the installation of cameras at work stations at DMV and AAA offices around the state,” by the end of summer, a recent press release stated. “The cameras are part of a streamlined process that will be introduced with the new cards. Instead of having to go to two work stations to complete their transactions, all work can be done at one station.”

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Massachusetts revises Driver’s License design with New Security Features at the Forefront

On July 26, the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) revealed the first new Massachusetts driver’s license and Mass ID design since 2010. Set to phase in over the course of the next 5 years, the new Massachusetts driver’s license design is so secure that it places Massachusetts among the top states in the country for ID card security.

New Massachusetts Driver's License Design

Current license and ID-holding Massachusetts residents will automatically receive the new design when their licenses expire, and new drivers will receive the new design effective immediately. All current licenses and MA IDs will remain valid until they expire, requiring no action from Massachusetts residents.

Security Features

Security features in the Massachusetts ID and driver’s license design, including federally-required REAL ID features (which all MA IDs will contain by 2020, the future deadline for individuals to board a plane or enter a federal building) include:

  • Second bar code on the reverse side that contains demographic information from the front
  • Raised lettering of cardholder’s initials and birth year
  • Laser perforation and engraving
  • Ultraviolet (UV) ink only visible under ultraviolet light
  • A Kinegram® (foil-based optical security image)
  • Laser Write – cardholder’s initials and year of birth appear within the Kinegram®. This feature can also be viewed when backlit, using a flashlight.
  • Multiple data placements -The individual applicant’s data is placed at various locations on the front and back of each document.

Massachusetts driver's license new design security features

The Massachusetts RMV is remaining tight-lipped about other security features in order to prevent fraud.

Visual Design

Visually, the new card design features nods to Massachusetts’ Colonial history, including depictions of the State House Golden Dome, the Civil War Memorial to the Massachusetts 54th Regiment, the state bird (chickadee) and flower (the Mayflower).

Old Massachusetts License vs. New Massachusetts License

The following video features further coverage of the Massachusetts license redesign:

Renewing your Massachusetts Driver’s License or Mass ID

Residents who are ready to renew their Massachusetts driver’s license or ID can do so online, at participating AAA offices, or a local RMV branch. Find out more information at www.massrmv.com

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