The State of Kansas is making changes to your driver's license. Starting this week, Kansans will start receiving a redesigned license, which the state says is more secure.
“It is important to protect the integrity of our identification cards for all Kansans,” said Governor Sam Brownback during the unveiling ceremony Tuesday. “This new card will make illegal duplication very difficult, and in turn will protect Kansas citizens better.”
The new license includes several security features that make it extremely difficult for counterfeiters to forge including:
- Ultra-violet image of the cardholder’s portrait and date of birth on the back of the card (viewable with UV light)
- Multi-colored, highly detailed holograms
- Highly detailed ultra-violet (UV) image of the state flower (viewable with UV light)
- Two ghost images of the cardholder’s portrait in addition to the conventional photograph
- Tactile printing that you can feel
Kansas’ driver’s license and ID card design was last changed in 2004; states typically change their designs every four to six years.
Driver’s license and ID cards using the old design will still be valid and people will not need to come in to get a new card until their current card expires.
The new design will also not cost extra.