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In August, Kentucky began a transition to a new driver’s license that, while similar in appearance to current licenses, contains security features for greater protection of privacy and resistance to tampering.
The new license has multiple layers of security features, all linked to each other, so counterfeiters must compromise multiple technologies – not just one.
The licenses’ new features include:
•Digital watermark imperceptible to the human eye
•Bank note-level fine line printing
•Enhanced or Improved Dual-side lamination for greater tamper resistance and durability
•Hologram with single-color, ultraviolet “ghost” image
Kentucky last updated driver’s licenses in 2001, with the introduction of digital licenses. The new format offered improved security. Kentucky was the first state to put the driver’s image in the bar code on the back of the license. With the next stage of Kentucky’s driver’s license, those security measures will be tightened to provide even greater resistance to fraud. New licenses will also feature veteran and organ donor designations.
Installation of new cameras and computer equipment will require a one-day suspension of driver’s license processing at each circuit court clerk’s office.
Installation for the Spencer County Circuit Clerk’s office is scheduled for Nov. 1. Therefore, the office will be unable to offer driver’s license processing of any kind that day.
Also, there will be no written permit testing and no road skills testing on Nov. 1.
License issuance will resume on Nov. 2 and written permit testing and road skills testing will be given again on Nov. 8.
Customers are not 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.