Kentucky’s Transportation Cabinet is preparing to submit its application for another deadline extension on meeting the federal Real ID act. Without an extension or change to state law, beginning Jan. 22, 2018, Kentuckians won’t be able to use just their driver’s licenses as identification when flying domestically.
Keith Buckhout with the Cabinet’s public affairs office says, “we intend to apply for an extension through October of 2017.”
He says the Department of Homeland Security can take as much time as it likes responding, so it’s possible the agency wouldn’t get an answer until the day before the current extension expires, Oct. 10, 2016.
Buckhout says Kentucky meets the federal requirements when it comes to the actual cards. It’s the commonwealth’s roughly 140 licensing locations that are problematic. “Real ID requires that those locations where they print your ID have further security measures,” he says. “For instance, badge access on doors, or key-pad access on doors. They would require that the people working to get constituents their IDs have fingerprint background checks.”
In April, Governor Matt Bevin vetoed legislation aimed at bringing licensing sites into compliance, saying the state should wait to see what the next presidential administration has to say on the issue.