Confident Kentucky 

IDs that Fly

Beginning October 1, 2020, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license 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 Voluntary Travel 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 Voluntary Travel 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 Voluntary Travel IDs. For a list of other acceptable forms of identification, contact the base or building directly before visiting.

Differences Between a Standard Credential and Voluntary Travel ID

Standard Driver's License 
Standard Driver's License 
The standard credential is state-maintained but not federally compliant. Standard licenses and IDs will always be acceptable for:
  • Voting
  • Age-restricted purchases
  • Accessing federal and social benefit services like VA hospitals, Social Security offices, federal courthouses and more
Until October 1, 2020, standard licenses and IDs can be used for:
  • Flying in the U.S.
To apply for a new standard credential, applicants should bring in:
  • One (1) proof of identity
  • One (1) proof of Social Security number
  • One (1) proof of residency
A full list of acceptable documents is available for download.
Voluntary Travel ID Driver's License 
The Voluntary Travel ID is a state-maintained, federally compliant license that will always be acceptable for:
  • Voting
  • Age-restricted purchases
  • Accessing federal and social benefit services like VA hospitals, Social Security offices, federal courthouses and more
  • Flying in the U.S.
  • Visiting military bases and restricted federal facilities, like nuclear power plants or the White House
To apply for a new Voluntary Travel ID, applicants should bring in:
  • One (1) proof of identity
  • One (1) proof of Social Security number
  • Two (2) proofs of residency
A full list of acceptable documents is available for download.
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