Your Virginia driver’s license will be changing in the years to come. Virginia is adopting tougher standards to comply with the national Real ID act. The new licenses will be considerably more tamper proof, with laser engraving, micro filaments, and other measures to make them much more difficult to duplicate.
One of the significant hassles to come with this changeover will be that everyone will be required to renew their driver’s license in person. You will have to provide documentation to prove your legal residency, and those documents will be scanned and saved. Documents will be checked for authenticity with various agencies, and as a result, you won’t get a new driver’s license on the spot anymore – it will be sent to you through the mail.
Anyone under 50 years of age in 2014 will have to have completed the switchover by then. Older drivers will have until 2017.
For issues regarding suspended driver’s licenses in Virginia, see our main site.