Real ID

Kentucky is once again delaying its REAL ID drivers licensing program, a little more than a year before the high-security licenses, a passport, or other form of federal ID will be needed to board domestic airline flights.

The state Transportation Cabinet has abandoned its plan to issue the licenses through local circuit court clerks and now plans to set up regional centers around the state where drivers can apply for them.

The announcement comes after a series of delays implementing the enhanced licensing system that is mandated by a 2005 federal law that requires states to make identification systems more secure.


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.

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State of Kentucky / AP

New Kentucky driver's licenses pull into Northern Kentucky in late March. Campbell, Kenton and Pendleton counties will be the first locally to offer the new IDs.

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State of Kentucky / AP

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says now is a good time to start thinking about what documents you'll need once the state starts rolling out new REAL ID-compliant drivers licenses early next year.

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State of Kentucky / AP

Kentuckians will have a new option the next time they go to get their driver's licenses renewed. The state announced Monday how it plans to follow the federal Real ID act of 2005, which Congress passed in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks. 

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Kentucky's Transportation Cabinet is preparing to submit its application for another deadline extension on meeting the federal Real ID act. Without an extension or change to state law, beginning Jan. 22, 2018, Kentuckians won't be able to use just their driver's licenses as identification when flying domestically.