Attendees to the joint meeting of the Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs of Hopkinsville were able to learn more about the Real ID Act and what changes are coming to Kentucky in accordance with it.
Commissioner of Vehicle Regulation for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Matt Henderson says there’s a lot of information regarding the Real ID Act, but he would like to clarify that Kentucky is not the last state to come into compliance, as there are 21 other states with federal extensions as well.
He says Kentuckians will have two options, rolling out in January 2019, for their future driver’s license needs—a standard credential and a Voluntary Travel ID, which allows for boarding of domestic flights and entrance onto military bases.
Henderson says the Real ID Act came at the results of trying to increase security in relation to identification after the 9/11 terror acts on the U.S. Licenses will no longer be printed at individual clerks’ offices but at a central, secure location that will mail out the IDs and people would get them with five to 10 business days.
He says individuals can also choose for their license to have a four or eight year life span, but to apply for a Voluntary Travel ID, you will need to bring proof of identity, proof of social security number and proof of residency.
A standard license with an eight year life span will cost $43 while a Voluntary Travel ID will cost $48. The four year version will cost approximately half of that price for each. Information on pricing, deadlines, requirements and more can be found online here.