The 2005 REAL ID Act requires changes to state standards, procedures, and requirements for the issuance of driver's licenses and identification cards accepted by select federal agencies. Non-U.S. citizens (not including permanent residents) may obtain a standard driver’s license or personal ID by visiting any Division of Driver Licensing Field Office to present legal presence documentation and pay a $30 application fee for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to confirm the applicant's legal status through document examination and Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) system. If cleared, the applicant will receive an approval letter to request the credential at their local Circuit Court Clerk office and take the necessary tests.
The expiration date on the applicant’s permanent credential will coincide with their documentation, and will not exceed three (3) years. Applicants will pay the new standard driver’s license fee of $43. Non-U.S. citizens are not eligible to receive a REAL ID. A list of required documentation based on the applicant's status, as well as residency requirements, is available.