Beginning in summer of 2011, the Office of Foreign Missions (OFM) will begin issuing newly-designed Department of State driver’s licenses, non-driver identification cards, and diplomatic tax-exemption cards to replace the credentials currently in use. The newly-designed cards will provide the foreign mission community with credentials that incorporate numerous state-of-the-art security features which enhance their security and vastly reduce the risk of counterfeiting or fraud and will foster improved recognition and acceptance with vendors and law enforcement.
All foreign mission personnel and their family members who currently possess a valid diplomatic driver’s license, non-driver identification card, or diplomatic tax-exemption card as well as all mission personnel who are applying for new, renewal, or replacement cards, will receive the Department’s newly-designed documents. The newly-designed credentials will no longer be printed on-site at either the Office of Foreign Missions in Washington, D.C. or its Regional Offices throughout the country. The Department has partnered with the United States Government Printing Office (“GPO”) which will produce and mail out the Department’s newly-designed credentials. The credentials will be printed by GPO at its facility in Washington and mailed via the United States Postal Service directly to the card holder’s residential address.
FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS: Law Enforcement officials are requested to contact the Office of Foreign Mission’s Diplomatic Motor Vehicle Office at OfmDmvEnforcement@state.gov or the Department’s Diplomatic Security Protective Liaison Office at (202) 895-3600 to obtain a copy of “Law Enforcement Training Materials (LAW ENFORCEMENT SENSITIVE).” These materials contain a detailed explanation and description of the various security features of the new cards.