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Director of Driver Licenses releases new details on KY's REAL ID compliant license

08/30/2018 11:29 PM

FRANKFORT, KY (Spectrum News) — Come October of 2020, current Kentucky licenses won’t get people through TSA checkpoints. Instead, people will need a Real ID compliant form of identification. In Kentucky, that will be a Voluntary Travel ID.
In a subcommittee meeting about Real ID, Boone County Representative Sal Santoro voiced concerns about the new IDs.“What I’m worried about- when this ID comes out, the new one, is it going to say on there ‘Not for travel’? I mean, I just see Grandma getting to the greater Cincinnati airport to travel and she has the wrong license,” Santoro stated. Matt Cole, the Director of the Division of Driver licensing says he doesn’t believe that will be an issue. He said, “When the system gets rolled out, there will be a touch pad in front of the person and it will walk them through all the steps of either confirming their information or making the decision for what type of credential they want.”


After the meeting Santoro said he wasn’t quite satisfied with that answer, remarking “I would like it to say not for travel, not for federal buildings, not for Fort Campbell. Fort Campbell, nobody will be able to get on there.” After September 11, 2001, the Federal Government decided they wanted to make driver licenses more secure, ensuring people who are they say they are. They decided on the Real ID act, a secure form of license where the standards are the same nationwide. In Kentucky, lawmakers decided to make it a voluntary program which means there are two options, standard and voluntary. The voluntary one is the one that will let you fly and enter federal buildings like military bases. Santoro says that’s where some of the confusion stems. He worried, “The way they’re putting the message out there, they have to get it out there. You got to look at our society. Older generations, they’re not used to this thing. It’s a shame. They are all traveling more. You look at our flights, they’re busy, they’re busy. The old person, they’re traveling now. They’re not- voluntary ID, what do I want. They’re going to look at the cost. They’re going to look at that cost. I guarantee it. They’re going to get in line- I’m never going to travel and then all of a sudden someone is going somewhere and then they’re going to have trouble. They’re not going to get on that airplane.” The division of driver licenses announced an 8-year Voluntary ID will be $48 dollars. The standard version, which will not let you fly, is $43 dollars for 8 years. Most states already have their Real IDs available, however for several reasons Kentucky waited and is just now becoming compliant. One of the main concerns with Real ID has been privacy, as the voluntary ID will require more documentation to get one. “Find your documentation. Go ahead and pull your birth certificates, social security cards. If they’re not correct, go ahead and get them updated,” Cole advised. Real ID requires agencies to use facial recognition for pictures and keep copies of those source documents for 10 years.
Santoro says he’s still worried about that. He elaborated, “Years ago, we passed a statute that all this is going to be private and secured. I’m just hoping it is, but you know, this day and age these hackers are getting our information. When you go to a gas pump, no matter where you go, they’re getting your information. You can go to a restaurant, you swipe that card at your table anymore, there are hackers out there and I’m very very concerned. This is all private stuff. We’ve got to make sure that security measures are taken and I’m hoping that it is. I mean, that’s all we can do.” Cole says they have taken those concerns into account, ensuring “It’s a state maintained credential. All the information is contained within the cabinet and no other federal entities have access to it, so it’s kept by us at all times.”
Kentuckians can start getting their Voluntary Travel ID in Janary 2019. To get one, people will need to come prepared.
The Circuit Clerks office will require:
  1. Proof of identity document (such as a birth certificate, passport, Permanent Resident Card, etc.)
    • One (1) required for both standard credential and Voluntary Travel ID
      Proof of Social Security number (such as Social Security card, W-2 form)
    • One (1) required for both standard credential and Voluntary Travel ID
      Proof of residency (such as utility bill, lease, pay slip, voter registration card, etc.)
    • One (1) required for standard credential; two (2) required for Voluntary Travel ID
      For a list of approved documents, click here to visit the official website.

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