De La Rue Delivers Enhanced Driver License for New York State

    LONDON, Sept. 17 /CNW/ - De La Rue Identity Systems today announced that
it is supplying the New York State DMV(1) with the solution to issue its new
WHTI(2) compliant Enhanced Driver License (EDL). A combination of advanced
anti-counterfeit and security technologies ensures the new driver license is
at the forefront of today's identity management solutions. The EDL includes a
range of pre-printed security features on both the front and back of the card
and incorporates a radio frequency identification tag (RFID) and antenna. The
EDL will be issued alongside the existing New York State driver license which
is also supplied by De La Rue Identity Systems. The existing license is one of
the top three contracts in terms of issuing volumes in the United States and
is acknowledged to be among the most secure license documents currently

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    The EDL will be issued from 16 September 2008 to US citizens with New
York State residency. It is expected to be the largest EDL scheme, in terms of
volumes, in the country. It can be used in place of passports for travel by
land or sea to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda. New York State is
expected to benefit economically as the EDL will allow faster and easier
movement of people and trade at the New York State - Canadian border, while
border security will also be increased.
    The EDL will be valid for a period of eight years from the date of issue,
subject to the type of license, with combined volumes of around five million
per year expected for the EDL and existing license. The application process
will follow that of the existing driver license, which uses De La Rue's
MIDIS(TM)(3) technology for enrolment, data capture and audit control at 120
New York State DMV offices around the state. MIDIS document issuing software
is already operational in more than 750 locations for more than 50 government
customers worldwide, providing a total solution for the secure issuing of
national identity documents. The EDL is made from the same material as the
existing license to ensure that it has the same look and feel. This material
has been extensively developed by De La Rue to satisfy all the security and
durability requirements of critical government ID card programmes.
    De La Rue is proud to work with New York State DMV to successfully
deliver one of the first EDL programmes in the United States which will offer
New York citizens a more secure license and facilitate easier cross border
travel. Jim Richards, Director of Sales at De La Rue Identity Systems
confirmed this view, "We are delighted to receive this Enhanced Driver License
contract. Our focus has been and continues to be on security, quality
performance and continual product innovation, factors which have proved
important in our long-term partnership with New York State Department of Motor

    Notes to Editors

    About De La Rue Identity Systems

    (1) De La Rue Identity Systems has successfully implemented over 50
    secure identity document schemes covering every continent.

    (2) We have delivered a driver license solution to NYSDMV for over 12

    (3) We are involved in a wide range of projects including ePassports for
    the Bahamas and the State of Qatar, the New York State driving license
    and national ID cards for Chile, Senegal, Rwanda and Sierra Leone.

    (4) De La Rue produced its first passport (for the UK Government) in

    (5) Backed by many years experience in designing and producing passports
    De La Rue Identity Systems experts act as advisers to ICAO and ISO,
    helping to define passport standards and electronic infrastructure.

    (6) We have also contributed to the activities of other
    international organisations including: Interpol, the United Nations, the
    International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Organization for
    Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the Comite Interamericano
    Contra el Terrorismo (CICTE).

    About De La Rue

    De La Rue is the world's largest commercial security printer and
papermaker, involved in the production of over 150 national currencies and a
wide range of security documents such as passports, authentication labels and
fiscal stamps. The Company is a leading provider of cash sorting equipment and
software solutions to central banks, helping them to reduce the cost of
handling cash. De La Rue also pioneers new technologies in government identity
solutions for national identification, driver's licence and passport issuing
schemes. De La Rue employs over 4,000 people worldwide and is a member of the
FTSE 250. Its ordinary shares are listed with the UK Listing Authority and
trade on the market for listed securities on the London Stock Exchange under
the symbol DLAR.

    MIDIS(TM) is a trademark of De La Rue International Limited.

    (1) Department of Motor Vehicles

    (2) Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative

    (3) Multiple Identity Document Issuing System


For further information:

For further information: and imagery of De La Rue's Enhanced Driver
License solution please contact: Claire Burrows, Marketing Manager, De La Rue
Identity Systems,, tel: +44(0)1256-605443; For
further information on NYSDMV contact Greg Kline, Deputy Commissioner for
Administration, New York State DMV, tel: +1-518-474-6876 or e-mail:

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