The design for Korean passports will change for the first time in 32 years, while vehicle license plates also get a makeover as the number of cars in the country is increasing.
The government on Friday unveiled the final designs of the new passports and vehicle license plates.
Passports will shed their green cover for a navy one featuring the taegeuk or yin-yang emblem of Korea.
The new license plates will use seven digits instead of the current six. The current six-digit combination can be used for 22 million cars and reached its limit, while adding one more number increases the permutations to 200 million.
They will maintain their white background but will now include holographic images on the left side to make them easier to see, a hologram in the center and the abbreviation KOR for Korea at the bottom. They will be covered with reflective film to make them easier to see at night.
The government tested public preferences for different designs through online surveys. The new passports will be issued from Jan. 1, 2020 and the new license plates from September 2019.