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Kentucky Gets Digital Driver Licenses

August 06, 2012

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Kentucky has begun a transition to a new driver's license that contains security features for greater protection of privacy and resistance to tampering.

While similar in appearance to current licenses, the new license has multiple layers of security features, all linked to each other, so counterfeiters would need to compromise multiple technologies -- not just one.

The licenses' new features include:
- Digital watermark imperceptible to the human eye
- Bank note-level fine line printing
- Improved dual-side lamination for greater tamper resistance and durability
- Hologram with single-color, ultraviolet "ghost" image

"The new licenses are the manifestation of Kentucky's efforts to improve the level of service provided to our customers, in addition to securing a credential Kentuckians use each day," Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Department of Vehicle Regulation Commissioner Tom Zawacki said.

Customers, including CDL drivers, will not be required to obtain new licenses until their current licenses expire. The process for obtaining or renewing a driver license will not change. The cost of $20 will also remain the same.

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