Kentucky gets REAL ID extension through Oct. 10

07/06/2017 03:58 PM

FRANKFORT – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has received an extension from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as it works towards compliance with the federal REAL ID law.

The extension runs through Oct. 10, and John-Mark Hack, commissioner of the cabinet’s Department of Vehicle Regulation, told reporters Thursday that he expects an additional extension with the state’s new law on voluntary travel drivers’ licenses set to take effect in January 2019.

The General Assembly passed House Bill 410, which establishes an optional ID card that’s compliant with the federal REAL ID law while maintaining current licenses, in this year’s legislative session.

Those without REAL ID-compliant cards will need other secure forms of identification, like a birth certificate, to board domestic flights and enter U.S. military bases.

“All states that have not come into compliance were granted an extension until Oct. 10 to get everybody on an annual cycle, at which time we will resubmit documentation of our progress toward implementation and coming into compliance and apply for an additional extension,” Hack said after an Interim Joint Committee on Transportation meeting.

“I’m confident because of the progress we’re making that we’ll be granted that extension.”

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers Kentucky politics and all the goings-on at the State Capitol. Kevin was born and raised in Frankfort so he grew up around politics and has always had the drive to follow the political process and hold lawmakers accountable. Before joining Spectrum News Kevin covered government and politics for The State Journal in Frankfort. You can watch Kevin’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. You can reach him at or 502-792-1135.


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