New, More Secure Ky. Driver's License Designs Unveiled

Sep 24, 2018

The new Voluntary Travel ID
Credit Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
The new standard driver's license.
Credit Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Kentucky transportation officials have unveiled a new design for driver's licenses that they say will enhance security and make it harder for counterfeiters to duplicate.

With the change, Kentucky will become one of the final states to comply with a federal travel law passed in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The state will begin issuing the new ID cards in January.

The most striking difference in the new design is a grayscale photo of the subject, replacing the color photo from years past. The card will include an image of the state capitol dome and background ink color that is harder to duplicate.

Kentucky will offer a standard driver's license or a voluntary travel ID, which will be valid for boarding a plane or entering a military base.