The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced that it will issue REAL ID driver’s licenses beginning in Franklin and Woodford counties sometime this spring.
A reader asked The State Journal when Franklin County would begin issuing REAL ID licenses, or licenses that comply with a federal law that passed in 2013 that sets higher standards for identification documents. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s website says that the REAL ID program is “a coordinated effort by the states and the Federal Government to improve the reliability and accuracy of state-issued identification documents.”
Franklin County Circuit Clerk Amy Feldman said that the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is in the final stages of its testing program for the licenses, but she has not been given a date for the county’s pilot program. A Monday press release from the cabinet estimated that Franklin and Woodford counties would begin pilot programs for the licenses in the spring.
“They still plan to gradually offer new card versions in each county in the months following the pilot, and residents will be informed of their county-specific date as the rollout approaches,” Feldman said.
In the meantime, Feldman noted that current Kentucky driver’s licenses can be accepted at airport security checkpoints and military bases due to a federal extension the state has received in order to comply with REAL ID standards. The extension will run out on Aug. 1, according to Homeland Security’s website.
Feldman also recommended that residents check which documents they need to switch to REAL ID and collect them in preparation. Residents can check which documents they need on drive.ky.gov, as the documents depend on the kind of REAL ID residents need or their U.S. citizenship status.
“As soon as I receive information from DOT regarding a date, I will let The State Journal know,” Feldman said.