Kentucky is revamping its issuance model to make Voluntary Travel IDs (REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses) available statewide at regional locations as quickly and efficiently as possible. When REAL ID enforcement goes into effect October 1, 2020, Kentucky driver’s licenses without a black star cannot be used at airport security checkpoints for U.S. commercial air travel or to visit military bases and federal facilities that require ID (like the White House). Although travel and access restrictions begin October 1, 2020, Voluntary Travel ID cards are optional and citizens do not have to obtain one before the deadline. Other federally approved documents, like a valid passport or passport card, are accepted for U.S. air travel and military base entry.
Visit our page again for more information about when the new cards will be available in Kentucky. While we do our part, the most important thing you can do to save time and avoid repeat trips when applying for a Voluntary Travel ID is to get prepared. To learn what required documents you need to update and gather now, take the IDocument Guide quiz or review a list of acceptable documents.
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