Oregon company makes Latvian licenses

Digimarc Corp. of Tualatin, Ore., has been awarded a USD 9 million contract to create Latvia’s new digital driver licenses, the company announced Feb. 13.

The five-year contract with Latvia’s Road Traffic Safety Directorate calls for Digimarc to serve as the prime contractor for the design, installation, maintenance and servicing the new digital driver license system. The new licenses will conform to European Union standards.

More than 744,000 driver licenses in all categories have been issued in Latvia as of Jan. 1, according to Road Traffic Safety Directorate statistics.

Digimarc is based in Oregon and describes itself as “a leading supplier of secure media solutions used in a wide range of security, identification and digital media content applications.” The company provides secure driver license solutions in 32 U.S. states and in about 20 other countries.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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