Deadline to get Real ID is this fall

The deadline for Kentuckians to get a Real ID is coming this fall, and officials are encouraging those who want to get one to avoid waiting until the last minute.

Those who plan to fly on commercial, domestic flights, enter restricted federal buildings or go onto a military base on Oct. 1 and after will need a Real ID as opposed to a traditional driver’s license.

“Kentucky is a voluntary state, so no one is required to get Real ID, but we do want to encourage them to understand the reasons why they may want a Real ID, that way it is available to them when they need it,” Matt Cole, the commissioner of Kentucky’s Department of Vehicle Registration, said.

There are several differences between the traditional Kentucky license and the Real ID, but one of the most noticeable might be the star in the upper right hand corner of the Real ID.

Those who plan to get a Real ID will need to bring a few items when having one made: proof of identity, proof of social security, and two ways to prove residency. Read more about the documentation requirements here.

Those looking to get a Real ID are encouraged to make an appointment on this website.
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