Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has granted Kentucky a REAL ID extension allowing current state driver’s licenses for air travel and for visiting military bases.


 Kentucky will start offering new driver's licenses in January, becoming one of the last states to comply with a federal travel law passed in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Congress passed the Real ID Act in 2005, requiring states to upgrade the security of their driver's licenses.

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Kentuckians wanting to fly on a plane, enter federal buildings, or visit military posts will need a new driver’s license or identification card in the near future. 

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With the legislature on a break heading towards the end of this year’s session, Gov. Matt Bevin has signed many bills into law this week, including legislation opening Kentucky up to charter schools, defunding Planned Parenthood and requiring state colleges and universities to compete for funding.

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Gov. Matt Bevin has signed a law allowing Kentuckians to purchase voluntary travel IDs to replace their standard drivers' licenses.

As the dust settles on the main part of the legislative session, the Republican-led General Assembly has passed most of its priorities.

A handful of bills approved in early January have already been signed into law by Gov. Matt Bevin. Those include a “right-to-work” law, a repeal of the prevailing wage on public works projects, and anti-abortion legislation.


The state legislature has again passed a REAL ID bill to bring the state into compliance with stricter driver’s license policies required by the federal government.

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Kentuckians could replace their drivers' license with a "voluntary travel ID" in order to board a domestic flight or enter a military base under a bill that has cleared the House of Representatives. 


Kentucky lawmakers are scheduled to debate a bill to update the state's drivers' licenses to comply with new federal guidelines.


Kentucky House Republicans are demanding more than a public promise from Governor Matt Bevin before they agree to overhaul the state's driver's licenses.