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Access to obtain REAL ID expanding

Posted at 4:55 PM, Jan 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-22 18:26:28-05

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — The deadline for Kentuckians to comply with federal REAL ID requirements is quickly approaching.

On Wednesday, Governor Andy Beshear announced the opening of two new regional offices where people can get their REAL ID.

Those are in Paducah and Somerset, bringing the total number of open offices to four.

The others are in Bowling Green and Frankfort.

The deadline to comply is October 1, 2020.

"Starting October the 1st, current licenses with the current Kentucky Unbridled Spirit logo or the words 'not for REAL ID purposes' will no longer be accepted to board commercial planes that fly within the US, to visit military bases, or federal buildings that require ID," said Transportation Secretary Jim Gray.

Beshear announced that the project to increase access to REAL ID will fall under Transportation Gray's office, and Sarah Jackson is appointed to lead the project.

"We're confident that all Kentuckians who want a REAL ID license will have the opportunity to apply for one at a regional office within a reasonable driving distance from their home or place of work before the October 1 enforcement date," said Jackson.

Beshear says they are working quickly to try and increase awareness and access to REAL ID.

"And I'll admit, this administration has inherited a mess. Plans have been started and stopped. And admittedly, the current plan is not optimal. And it's behind," said Beshear. "But we must do everything we can to give Kentuckians the best opportunity to secure an ID that will let them fly to see their grandkids and loved ones."

Click here for more information on what you need when you go to get your REAL ID.

Beshear also stressed that a current passport, passport card, or military ID all comply with REAL ID.