Kentucky driver's licenses don't comply with federal law

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT)- Kentucky is working with the Department of Homeland Security to comply with the REAL ID Act of 2005, but if it doesn't make changes by 2016, a Kentucky driver's license will not be enough to board an airplane.

People will have to show a passport, which costs $110, or some other form of federal identification.

The law requires a driver's license to be issued by a single state agency. In Kentucky, local court clerk offices issue them.

Kentucky's Transportation Cabinet commissioner says that makes it more difficult to standardize the process.

"There are some obstacles to overcome because we are a large state, and we do issue from a lot of different areas," Kentucky Transportation Cabinet commissioner Rodney Kuhl said.

"We have to work through some security features of our issuing offices in order to be able to have the compliance we need to be," Kuhl said.

Deadlines for changes:

July 21: Restricted areas for all federal facilities and nuclear power plants

Jan. 19, 2015: Semi-restricted areas, such as those available to the general public but subject to ID-based access control, at most federal federal facilities.

2016 or later: Boarding commercial airplanes. A driver’s license or identification card from a noncompliant state may only be used in conjunction with a second form of ID for boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft.


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