COLUMBIA — South Carolina will begin issuing a more secure driver's license this fall.

The State newspaper reported that Department of Motor Vehicles director Marcia Adams said Tuesday the new licenses and identification cards should be offered in late September or early October.

Adams says the new cards are designed to protect against fraud, counterfeiting and duplication. The new cards also will guard against efforts to change photographs or birth dates.

Adams says some of the security features will be invisible to the naked eye.

There is no change in cost, $25 for a new driver's license and $5 for a state identification card.

The agency plans a publicity campaign about the new cards soon.