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When Can I Apply for a Voluntary Travel ID?

Notes for all applicants

  • If you do not currently have a Kentucky license or personal ID, you may apply for a Voluntary Travel ID credential once it is available in your county of residence.
  • Once you apply for a new standard or Voluntary Travel credential, you will be issued a temporary document that can be used to drive. A temporary document, in conjunction with your expired or invalidated license or ID, will allow you to board U.S. flights.
  • You can renew your license or ID anytime in the 6 months prior to your expiration date. If you choose to get a new standard or Voluntary Travel credential outside your renewal window, your expiration date will not change.
  • Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for a Voluntary Travel credential.
  • Reminder: there are other acceptable credentials for boarding U.S. flights and entering military bases. Visit www.tsa.gov or call the facility you plan to visit for more information.




I’m 21 or older, I want a Voluntary Travel ID, and my license expires before the rollout reaches my county.


What should I do next?

  • You need to renew your license, ID or permit before it expires, and can do so anytime in the 6 months prior to your expiration date.

How much will that cost?

  • Your credential renewal cost will be issued according to the current pricing model.

I renewed before the rollout. How long is this license valid?

  • A license or ID obtained before the rollout reaches your county is valid for 4 years from the issuance date. It will remain an acceptable form of identification for U.S. flights and military base entry until Oct. 1, 2020 as long as Kentucky maintains an extension from the Department of Homeland Security.

My credential is valid now, but I still want a Voluntary Travel ID

  • Once the rollout reaches your county, if you want to obtain a Voluntary Travel credential before your standard credential expires, you may do so by turning in your unexpired credential, bringing in the appropriate documentation and sitting for a new photo. You will pay $15 to upgrade to a Voluntary Travel ID that maintains your current credential’s expiration date. Once you’re within 6 months of your expiration date, you can renew your Voluntary Travel credential.

I’m 21 or older, I want a Voluntary Travel ID, and my license expires after the rollout reaches my county but before federal enforcement starts on Oct. 1, 2020.


What should I do next?

  • Once the rollout reaches your county, you can apply for a Voluntary Travel credential by turning in your current, unexpired standard credential, bringing in the appropriate documentation and sitting for a new photo. You are free to apply anytime in the 6 months prior to your current card’s expiration date.

How much will that cost?

  • The cost of your new Voluntary Travel credential will be issued according to the new pricing model and your lifespan selection.

Once I apply for my new Voluntary Travel ID, how long will it be valid?

  • Non-CDL applicants over 21 have the opportunity to choose between a 4- or 8-year lifespan when applying for new credentials (Voluntary Travel ID or standard).

I’m 21 or older, I want a Voluntary Travel ID, and my license expires after Sept. 30, 2020 but before April 1, 2021.


What should I do next?

  • Your 6-month renewal window will precede the Oct. 1, 2020 federal enforcement date by at least one day. By noting the earliest date in your renewal window and applying by Sept. 30, 2020, you ensure your license, permit or ID will be accepted to board U.S. flights and enter military bases when federal enforcement begins. Once you apply for a new Voluntary Travel credential, you will be issued a temporary document that can be used to drive. A temporary document, in conjunction with your expired or invalidated license or ID, will allow you to board U.S. flights.

What if I’m in my 6-month renewal window but I wasn’t able to apply for a Voluntary Travel credential before Oct. 1, 2020?

  • You can still get a Voluntary Travel credential by turning in your unexpired standard credential, bringing in the appropriate documentation and sitting for a new photo. Once you apply for a new Voluntary Travel credential, you will be issued a temporary document that can be used to drive. A temporary document, in conjunction with your expired or invalidated license or ID, will allow you to board U.S. flights.

How much will that cost?

  • The cost of your new Voluntary Travel credential will be issued according to the new pricing model and your lifespan selection.

Once I apply for my new Voluntary Travel ID, how long will it be valid?

  • Non-CDL applicants over 21 have the opportunity to choose between a 4- or 8-year lifespan when applying for new credentials (Voluntary Travel ID or standard).

I’m 21 or older, I want a Voluntary Travel ID, and my license expires on or after April 1, 2021.


What should I do next?

  • If you want to obtain a Voluntary Travel credential before your standard credential expires, you may do so by turning in your unexpired credential, bringing in the appropriate documentation and sitting for a new photo. You will pay $15 to upgrade to a Voluntary Travel ID that maintains your current credential’s expiration date. Once you’re within 6 months of your expiration date, you can renew your Voluntary Travel credential.

How much will that cost?

  • The cost of your new Voluntary Travel credential will be issued according to the new pricing model and your lifespan selection.

Once I apply for my new Voluntary Travel ID, how long will it be valid?

  • A license or ID is valid through the existing expiration date. An expiration date only changes when a credential is renewed in the 6 months prior to that date. Once you are within the 6 months prior to your expiration date, non-CDL drivers 21 and older have the opportunity to choose between a 4- or 8-year lifespan for their credential (Voluntary Travel ID or standard).

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