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Swarts Awaiting Information on Drivers License Change

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – New York State is planning changes to its drivers licenses. Governor Pataki says it is part of an effort to reduce underage drinking.

The new licenses will include technology that will make them nearly impossible to duplicate.

But in Erie County, the head of the County Auto Bureaus says he has not yet been briefed on the new high-tech licenses. County Clerk David Swarts was not sure if fee increases will be included.

"We have no clue what it involves, such as if there are going to be fee increases," Swarts said. "I don't believe there will be fee increases. It certainly would not happen until the State Legislature adopts (the change)."

The state says drivers under the age of 25 are on an accelerated schedule and will be issued the new licenses first.