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Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Granted REAL ID Extension

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
Credit Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has been granted another extension on compliance with the REAL ID Act. This will allow current state driver’s licenses to be used for air travel until October 2020.


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has determined that the Commonwealth is fully compliant with the new ID regulations. This follows a pilot launch of new driver’s licenses, permits, and IDs in Franklin and Woodford counties.


When the pilot period ends a county-by-county rollout will begin. The REAL ID Act of 2005 set new nationwide requirements for identification.

Kentuckians seeking a new ID or renewing an existing one can choose between a standard credential or a voluntary travel ID. Standard driver’s licenses and permits can still be used to drive, vote, access federal and social benefit services, but not for boarding domestic flights. 


The voluntary travel ID will be required for U.S. flights and access to restricted federal facilities. Applicants will have to bring four documents verifying identity, social security number and residency.

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Becca Schimmel is a multimedia journalist with the Ohio Valley ReSource, a collaborative of public radio stations in Kentucky, West Virginia and Ohio. She's based out of the WKU Public Radio newsroom in Bowling Green.