Kentucky gets extension to comply with Real I.D. Act

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The Commonwealth of Kentucky has a little more time to become Real I.D. compliant, but local officials say it's still not enough.

A sign at Lexington's Blue Grass Airport warns passengers about changes in ID requirements.

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, federal agencies will accept Kentucky Driver's Licenses and I.D.s at federal facilities, nuclear power plants and airports until October 10, 2018. Kentucky lawmakers passed a bill this year to make the required changes, but Kentuckians won't be able to get updated driver's licenses until 2019. That's when local circuit clerk's offices will be able to get the necessary equipment. Officials expect that Kentucky will continue to get extensions until 2019.

"The long story short of it is, they've given us another extension until next October because they understand that we've got to get scanners, and computers, and software, and people trained on how to do this new I.D.," said State Representative Jim DuPlessis.

The Real I.D. Act was passed in 2005 to improve security in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks.

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