Kentuckians may request a REAL ID even after federal enforcement takes effect on
May 7, 2025. REAL ID driving and identity credentials are one of many federal documents accepted to maintain travel and access benefits starting May 7, 2025. Kentuckians who want a REAL ID may apply for one at any Driver Licensing Regional Office location.
Here's what to expect when requesting a REAL ID:
- If your current legal name, date of birth, or gender differs from what is displayed on your identity or lawful status document, you must show legal proof of the changes.
Temporary Document: Applicants will leave the regional office with a 30-day temporary printed document and their current card to use until the requested credential arrives in the mail. The temporary document may be used to board U.S. commercial flights if shown with the current card. While many businesses accept temporary documents for general identification purposes, it is advised to check beforehand if you plan to use the document as a form of ID.
Arrive In The Mail: The requested credential will arrive in the mail at the address provided by the applicant 10-15 business days later.
Extended Shelf-Life: REAL ID credentials are available in four or eight-year lifespans.
New Pricing: The cost of REAL ID credentials accounts for the extended renewal cycle and additional security improvements.
WHAT IS STAYING THE SAME?
Residents may continue to use standard licenses for domestic air travel and federal facility entry until federal enforcement begins on May 7, 2025.
All driver's license permits will remain valid for three years.
Applicants may only renew their current credentials within six months of expiration. If they are not within their renewal period, they can request a new credential, maintaining the same expiration date as their current card.
Applicants can still donate to
Trust for Life or register to be an organ and tissue donors when applying for a new credential.