The provincial government unveiled new driver's licences Tuesday with enhanced security features. 

The cards have a polycarbonate body, which is more durable and tamper-resistant than the current licences, with the photo and personal data laser engraved to protect against forgery.

Drivers will not be required to apply for the new cards until their licence expires.

New Brunswickers in Dalhousie, Bathurst, Perth-Andover, Burton, Dieppe, Hampton and Grand Manan will be able to apply for the new cards in late November. The rest of the province will have access to them in December.  

The province also announced a new process for renewing and obtaining drivers licences and photo ID cards. 

Under the new method, customers will receive a 30-day temporary document upon applying for or renewing their driver's licence or photo ID. The new card will be mailed out within two weeks. 

Elaine Bell, a spokeswoman for the department of justice and public safety, said the province spent $865,000 on IT and training to develop the new card. However, with the savings the card is expected to generate factored in, the new card is considered "cost-neutral," she said. 

"We are getting a more secure card for the same cost," she said via email.