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New Kentucky driver's license designed to be more secure

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Kentucky has developed a new driver's license that the state says will provide more security and privacy and be more resistant to tampering.

The new license has a digital watermark that the human eye cannot perceive, as well as printing done with the detail of a bank note.  It also is supposed to be more durable and tamper-resistant because it's laminated on both sides, and features a hologram with an ultraviolet "ghost" image.

The new licenses will also show whether someone is a veteran or an organ donor.

You don't have to get a new license until your old one expires.  The process for getting a new license remains the same, as does the price of $20.

Kentucky last updated driver's licenses in 2001, with the introduction of digital licenses for 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.
 
Starting in the fall, new licenses will also feature veteran and organ donor designations.
 
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.

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