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REAL ID VS. Standard ID

Beginning October 1, 2021, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license/permit/identification card or another acceptable federal form of ID to fly within the United States, visit military bases or enter federal building that require ID. REAL ID compliant cards in Kentucky are known as REAL IDs and have a star cutout in a black circle in the upper-right portion of the card.

Here’s a list of acceptable forms of ID for U.S. commercial air travel:

  • Kentucky’s REAL ID card versions or other REAL ID compliant cards offered by other states
  • U.S. passport
  • U.S. passport card
  • DHS trusted traveler card (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
  • U.S. Department of Defense ID, including IDs issued to dependents
  • Permanent resident card
  • Border crossing card
  • DHS-designated enhanced driver’s license
  • Federally recognized, tribal-issued photo ID
  • HSPD-12 PIV card
  • Foreign government-issued passport
  • Canadian provincial driver’s license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada card
  • Transportation worker identification credential (TWIC®)
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Employment Authorization Card (I-766)
  • U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential

Military bases and federal buildings like the White House will accept REAL IDs. For a list of other acceptable forms of identification, contact the base or building directly before visiting.

Where to get a U.S. passport/passport card How to get a U.S. passport/passport card

 Don't Forget!: If your current legal name, date of birth, or gender is different than what is displayed on your identity or lawful status document, you must show legal proof of the changes (i.e. marriage licenses, court orders, divorce papers).

Differences Between a Standard Credential and REAL ID

Standard Driver's License 
Standard Driver's License 
The standard credential is a state-maintained but not REAL-ID compliant card. Standard licenses and ID will remain acceptable for:
  • Driving
  • Voting
  • Age-restricted purchases
  • Accessing federal and social benefit services like VA hospitals, Social Security offices, federal courthouses and more
Current Kentucky license holders who haven’t had a name or address change simply need to present their current license if applying for a standard credential. Those applying for a standard credential for the first time, like new card holders, should bring in:
  • One (1) valid proof of identity
  • One (1) valid proof of Social Security number
  • One (1) valid proof of residency
Additional documentation may be required for minors.

Until October 1, 2021, standard credentials can be used for:
  • Air travel within the U.S.
  • Visiting military bases and restricted federal facilities, such as the White House and nuclear power plants
A full list of acceptable documents is available for download.​
REAL ID Driver's License 
The REAL ID is a state-maintained, license or ID that is acceptable for:
  • Air travel within the U.S.
  • Visiting military bases and restricted federal facilities, like nuclear power plants or the White House
  • Driving
  • Voting
  • Age-restricted purchases
  • Accessing federal and social benefit services like VA hospitals, Social Security offices, federal courthouses and more
To apply for a new REAL ID, applicants should bring in:
  • One (1) valid proof of identity
  • One (1) valid proof of Social Security number
  • Two (2) valid proofs of residency
Additional documentation may be required if names do not match.

A full list of acceptable documents is available for download.
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