Update on REAL ID Progress

The Transportation Cabinet, in partnership with Circuit Court Clerks, recently began a phased pilot program to rollout REAL ID-compliant credentials in specific counties, prior to making the credential available in all 120 counties. The pilot approach was necessary to understand any issues with the new credentialing system and has allowed KYTC to significantly improve system performance and to monitor operations. The pilot program identified staffing and workload increases in Circuit Court Clerk offices that are not sustainable both in the short and long term.

In partnership with the Circuit Court Clerks and the Administrative Office of the Courts, the proposed approach is for Circuit Court Clerks to continue to issue standard, non-REAL ID driver’s licenses while the Transportation Cabinet works with the legislature to consider implementing a network of regional offices to issue the optional REAL ID-compliant cards. The Cabinet believes this is the fastest and most efficient path forward to make REAL ID-compliant cards available statewide before the federal deadline of October 2020.

We will provide an update as plans are finalized. We remain committed to a successful rollout.

Confident Kentucky 
Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, Kentuckians will need a Voluntary Travel ID card version or another federally acceptable form of identification to board a commercial flight within the U.S., visit military bases or select federal buildings that require ID (i.e., nuclear power plants, White House). Current Kentucky driver’s licenses, permits and personal IDs will remain valid until the card’s printed expiration date. Applicants may request a Voluntary Travel ID when it’s time to renew their current card, or once the new cards are available in their county of residence if they plan to travel by air domestically or visit restricted federal buildings using a Kentucky license once REAL ID enforcement begins Oct. 1, 2020. Known as REAL ID in many states, Voluntary Travel IDs are REAL ID compliant and are also valid for driving, voting, age-restricted purchases and general identification (like writing a check). The new cards are available to Franklin County and Woodford County residents and will become available statewide this year through a county-by-county rollout once the pilot phase ends. Check the rollout schedule for updates.

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