FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet released Monday the new look for licenses that will be available to state residents next year.
The licenses are designed to be tougher to forge and they comply with federal Real ID standards, which require states to obtain more paperwork from drivers to prove residency.
Matt Henderson, commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Vehicle Regulation, said enhanced security was the reason for the new licenses, permits and IDs
“We’re taking a holistic approach to enhance the security of the state’s most trusted identity credentials,” he said. “By moving production to a secure facility, improving the identity verification process and upgrading card features, our entire system is more secure against fraudulent use and the reproduction of credentials.”
Kentucky residents can select standard or travel licenses. The travel license offers the same benefits of a standard driver’s credential with the bonus of being accepted at airport security checkpoints and military bases.
Air travelers under the age of 18 do not need a travel ID if they are accompanied by an adult with acceptable documentation. Starting in October 2020, Kentucky residents will no longer be able to get on domestic flights with standard drivers licenses.
All Kentucky credentials will include a mark to indicate they are federally compliant, according to the Transportation Cabinet.
The licenses have double the security features and Kentucky symbols such as the state seal, state flower and the Capitol building that has a 3D look to it.
The credentials will also shift from color to grayscale portraits. Photo images are laser engraved on the card and clearly display precise facial features that allow law enforcement officials and retailers to view the photos without the distortion and distraction of color. Laser engraving images on the new, higher quality card material is virtually tamper-proof compared to photo printing on traditional cards.
Licenses initially will be good for four or eight years. The new eight-year standard drivers license (non-travel) will be $43 and the new eight-year voluntary travel ID will be $48. The travel personal ID for those without driver’s licenses will be $28 for eight years. The four-year licenses will be half that cost. As of 2023, only eight-year licenses will be available.