FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky driver's licenses are getting some security upgrades, and circuit court clerks' offices will be installing new equipment to implement the improvements.
The Transportation Cabinet says the new license has multiple layers of security features to make it harder for counterfeiters to produce fake IDs. Among the new features are a digital watermark that can't be seen by the human eye, improved lamination, a hologram with an ultraviolet "ghost" image and bank note-quality printing.
Motorists aren't required to obtain the new license until their current one expires. The process won't change and neither will the cost -- it will remain $20.
Each circuit court clerk's office will suspend driver's license processing for one day sometime between August and October while the new equipment is installed.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky is transitioning to a new tamper-resistant driver's license that provides greater security and protection of privacy.
The Transportation Cabinet announced that the first counties to offer the new licenses include Anderson, Bourbon, Jefferson, McCracken, McLean, Pulaski and Warren counties. McLean County begins Tuesday. The other five counties will start before the end of August.
Other counties will begin issuing the new licenses by October.
The license has multiple layers of security features, including a digital watermark imperceptible to the human eye, bank note-level fine line printing, dual-side lamination for greater tamper resistance and durability and a hologram with single-color, ultraviolet "ghost" image.
Massachusetts-based MorphoTrust USA, which handles licensing in 41 states, is implementing new workstations and camera systems for the licenses in Kentucky courthouses.