RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - After many years, South Dakota driver's license and ID cards will be receiving a slight makeover starting January.
The changes are being made as new driver's license issuance equipment is being installed in exam stations statewide.
The header on the current license that says "Operator License," will be changed to "Driver License." The gold star will be changed to an inverse white star with a golden circle. This was changed to reflect new Federal ID guidelines in using the license for activities such as commercial air travel.
The last change involves the organ donor indicator at the bottom right of the license. A heart symbol will be added next to the word "donor."
"The changes will increase the readability of the license and the card," said Jayne Schrank, director the state driver licensing program.
Sentiments echoed by Jaycie Matthews, western supervisor of the Rapid City driver license program.
"I think it's got a very nice look to it and should be accepted pretty well with the minor changes," said Matthews.
The new driver license changes will be available as soon as the new equipment is installed. Pierre will receive the first overhaul in January, with the rest being implemented statewide through early February.