The tiny driver's license security feature you've probably never noticed

We've all seen the holo-loon and amazed out-of-state friends by bending our license in half.
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One of the security features on Minnesota driver's licenses is so tiny, you probably have never noticed it.

Luckily, the internet spotted it for us.

Flip your driver's license over, and look at the little pinkish-red outline of Minnesota in the bottom right corner. The state's shape is actually made up of the word "MINNESOTA" repeated over and over again.

Except for one.

Along the northern border, just east of the Northwest Angle (that little nub), it's spelled "MENNESOTA."

This was spotted by an eagle-eyed (or should it be loon-eyed?) Redditor, who posted a photo to /r/mildlyinteresting.

https://www.reddit.com/r/mildlyinteresting/comments/5k98qj/minnesota_is_spelled_wrong_once_on_the_back_of_my/

Commenters suggested it could be intentional as an anti-counterfeit measure.

And that's apparently the case. Bruce Gordon, a spokesperson for the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, told GoMN it's one of a number of security features on the card.

We checked a few driver's licenses here at the office too. Same "typo," same location (see the photo at the top of the story.)

There are more tiny words hidden on the back of the card too. The shoreline in the graphic above is made of up "LANDOF10,000LAKES" on repeat.

 Credit: Shaymus McLaughlin

Credit: Shaymus McLaughlin

The current iteration of the Minnesota driver's license has been around since 2004. When they were rolled out, they were billed as almost impossible to counterfeit.

You've probably noticed or been told about a lot of the security features: the weird bendy material, the hologram loon, a state seal you can only see under UV light, and stored electronic information, The Associated Press wrote. The new IDs came along after 9/11 because of terrorism concerns.

But it also dissuaded fake ID suppliers from using Minnesota licenses. Even this guy, who said he used to make forgeries for people, said Minnesota and New York were the hardest because of the bendable material.

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