Real ID license will not be available in Kentucky until 2019

Published: Mar. 23, 2017 at 4:30 PM EDT
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On Wednesday, Gov. Matt Bevin signed a law that would put Kentucky in compliance comply with the federal Real ID Act of 2005, passed in response to the 2001 terrorist attacks.

The law will allow Kentuckians to purchase voluntary travel IDs to replace their standard drivers' licenses.

While the law is on the books, it will be about another two years before Kentuckians can make the switch.

"We anticipate this around mid-2019, so we anticipate the federal government is going to give us another extension through the middle of 2019," said Fayette County Circuit Court Clerk Vincent Riggs.

People won't be able to get updated drivers' licenses until 2019 because local circuit clerk offices don't currently have the necessary equipment to produce the new licenses, and won't have the equipment until then.

"One of the requirements is you must have secure facility. Our offices are not set up for that," Riggs Said. "There are 140 locations in Kentucky, and that would be astronomical... fiscally impossible."

To get an enhanced ID, you must have your birth certificate and social security card. Both will be scanned into a secure central record system operated by the Kentucky Department of Transportation, which must meet REAL ID security standards to protect private biographic information. Drivers who choose to keep the standard license will not have their information stored.

"So, if you want an enhanced travel card, then we would scan everything in. If you do not, then we would not scan that in. It's your choice to make," Riggs explained.

If you have to get your driver's license renewed before the enhanced ID is available in 2019, the cost of your enhanced license will be prorated.

The Kentucky Department of Transportation will stagger the days and times when people can get new IDs in 2019. That information will be made available closer to when the time comes.

In 2019, whether you get an enhanced or standard license, drivers will receive a temporary license that will be valid for 30 days. A permanent one will be sent in the mail.

Enhanced ID – 8 years, $48 (Voluntary Travel ID Driver's License, Personal ID card, Child ID card – personal info is scanned, stored and shared)

Standard ID – 8 years, $43 (Standard DL, ID and Child ID card)

Current ID – 4 years, $20