New License Plate Makes Debut in Ky.

The state will save money on storage space, bulk manufacturing and unused inventory.

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Commonwealth of Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A new kind of Kentucky license plate has started appearing on vehicles across the state.

The biggest difference is in the way the new plates are manufactured. They're digitally printed on flat aluminum instead of traditional, embossed metal with raised letters and numbers, state transportation officials said.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will save money on storage space, bulk manufacturing and unused inventory, the officials said. With digital technology, standard and specialty license plates can be produced as needed rather than having to be mass-produced.

“This digital technology will make license production and issuance more efficient for KYTC, county clerks and, ultimately, vehicle owners,” Transportation Secretary Jim Gray said.

Kentucky Correctional Industries will continue making the plates at the Kentucky State Reformatory.

But with digital technology, KCI will be able to print the requested number and ship them directly to county clerk offices, the cabinet said.

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