FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Your Kentucky driver’s license will be good a little longer for air travel and visits to military bases.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said Monday that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has granted an extension for the state to get into compliance with REAL ID, an updated security protocol.
State officials said the current IDs as well as the forthcoming standard version now will be accepted through Aug. 1 of next year.
“Our reoccurring check-ins with DHS gave every indication our extension request would be granted due to the significant progress the state is making to introduce new credentials in 2019,” Department of Vehicle Regulation Commissioner Matt Henderson said in a statement. “This extension will allow travelers to book flights for the upcoming holiday season and into 2019. Now is a great time to check your expiration date to ensure your license is valid before traveling and to know when it is time for renewal.”
Last month, the state Transportation Cabinet unveiled the design of the 2019 driver’s licenses, permits and personal IDs. The updated credentials, known as Confident Kentucky, aim to offer increased counterfeit protection.
Nationwide enforcement of the REAL ID provisions begins Oct. 1, 2020.