Kentucky Real ID

Kentucky to Offer Real ID Licenses to Comply With Law

In August 22, 2018
In 2005, Congress passed the Real ID Act which required states to update the security of their driver’s licenses. Kentucky will be one of the last states to comply with this federal law, and will begin offering two types of IDs to the public in January. More information on Kentucky Real ID updates can be found at the link at the bottom of this post.
The state will offer either a standard driver’s license or a voluntary travel ID, both of which will enable a Kentucky resident to drive, vote, and apply for federal benefits. Please note that after October 1, 2020, only those with the voluntary travel ID will be able to board domestic flights or enter U.S. military bases. Anyone with a standard driver’s licenses will be required to show additional identification, like a passport.
Kentucky licenses currently cost $20 and expire after four years. The new standard driver’s license will cost $43, and the new travel ID will cost $48. Both of the new licenses will expire after eight years, rather than the old four. In order to get the new travel ID, Kentucky residents will need to show proofs of identity, social security, and residency. The only difference between getting the new travel ID and a standard license is the need to show two proofs of residency, such as a utility bill or an apartment lease agreement.
Full details on Kentucky’s new driver’s licenses can be found here.

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