FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has announced a number of changes coming to driver licenses.
Photo: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
Beginning in 2019, all Kentucky identification cards will have new security features, and people living in the state can apply for a new one at their Circuit Court Clerk's office.
“All Circuit Court Clerk offices will be outfitted with new equipment to process applications faster, and customers will have a chance to verify the accuracy of their personal information, such as name spellings and home addresses before the application is submitted,” Kenton County Circuit Court Clerk John Middleton said. “All applicants will leave our offices with a 30-day temporary document that can be used as a driving credential. The applicant’s current credential will be altered and returned to be used in conjunction with a temporary document to board U.S. flights until the requested card arrives in the mail.”
The IDs will have an eight-year lifespan, and there will be different options. One option is called a Voluntary Travel ID, and it will allow you to board domestic flights and access restricted federal facilities once REAL ID becomes enforced Oct. 1, 2020.
The standard credential will allow you to vote, make age-restricted purchases and access federal benefits. The standard credential will only allow you to fly and visit restricted federal facilities until the REAL ID enforcement begins. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has been requiring all states to use new technology to store identification information.
The eight-year cost for a driver license is $43 for standard and $48 for voluntary.
Kentucky said it expects to release the new identification card design in September. The Commonwealth is one of the last states to comply with the federal law.