JACKSON, Ky. (WYMT) - If you have a Kentucky driver's license, you may notice some changes the next time you renew it.
Those changes are aimed at stopping license counterfeiters.
"They'll have multiple layers of security features all linked together," said Lisa Tolliver with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. "So counterfeiters will have to compromise multiple technologies, not just one, to be able to duplicate a license, which is what we're trying to prevent."
The new licenses will have a digital watermark, an ultraviolet hologram, some extremely fine printing and improved dual-side lamination for greater tamper resistance.
"If you look similar to the person on the license, we've had so many people come in and say 'I didn't get that ticket'," Breathitt County Circuit Clerk Patsy Williams said. "And then it will be like like a relative or even a friend that just showed that person's license and got by with it."
The new licenses will require updated equipment for printing - something that every county in the state is now in the process of acquiring.
"Not to mention that the old equipment is just old and sometimes people have to wait in line," Williams said. "Sometimes if that equipment stalls or something, because it's getting old and doesn't function as well as it should."
The Breathitt County Circuit Clerk's office will be shutting down its licensing operations on Monday, August 27th, so new equipment can be installed.
Drivers will not be required to obtain new licenses before current ones expire. The $20 fee will stay the same.
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