Kentucky Colonel Identification (ID Cards)

Under the laws of the United States a person commissioned a Kentucky Colonel must possess evidence of their legal status in order to assert claims to particular rights, privileges or benefits of their honorable title. This is not a membership card, membership cards do not denote autority in title.

Identity Credential (ID Card)

We searched and reviewed a wide variety of resources to help guide Kentucky colonels to increase their posterity with a professional credential, separately we have developed a guideline for colonels to create business and presentation cards.

Credentials, ID Cards and Passports

A credential is any document that details a qualification, competence, or authority issued to an individual by a third party with a relevant or de facto authority or assumed competence to do so. Titles are credentials that identify a person as belonging to a specific designated class of individuals in largely symbolic ways.

An identity document (also called ID) is any document that may be used to prove a person's identity. If issued in a small, standard credit card size form, it is usually called an identity card. When the identity document incorporates a person's photograph, it may be called photo ID; when it involves a person's occupation or a professional title it may be called or used as an ID badge or credential.

A title of honor or honorary title is a title bestowed upon individuals as an award in recognition of their merits. Often the title bears the same or nearly the same name as a title of authority, but the person bestowed does not have to carry out any duties, except for ceremonial or voluntary ones. Evidence of beholding an honorary title is usually demonstrated with a badge, business card, certificate, credential, medal, an insignia, by word of mouth or any combination thereof. Those who receive titles of honor frequently use them on their resumé or curriculum vitae. Impressive official identity credentials are essential for anyone who uses the title of "Colonel" or abbreviation "Col." as a prefix to your honorable name, especially those living outside of Kentucky.

Download our Identity Credential specification sheet.