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Real ID licenses now available at Morehead regional licensing office; new ID requirements effective Oct. 1

Eastern Kentucky residents now have one more option to maintain U.S. air travel and military base entry thanks to the expansion of REAL ID-compliant card access at a new Morehead issuance location operated by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC).

Beginning Monday, the Rowan County REAL ID Regional Driver’s Licensing office opened to all Kentuckians regardless of where they live. Any U.S. citizen or permanent resident who has a driver’s license, permit or identification card may apply for a Kentucky’s REAL ID-compliant version at the new regional office in Morehead if they want to use a state-issued credential to meet upcoming REAL ID requirements that go into effect Oct. 1.

“We’re excited to expand REAL ID access at the first of many regional offices to serve northeastern Kentucky residents who want the new card version to maintain air travel and restricted federal acess locations once REAL ID enforcement takes effect October 1,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “The Transportation Cabinet is working tirelessly to open regional offices statewide as quickly as possible.”

Residents who already have a valid form of REAL ID, like a passport or military ID, can use that instead of the new REAL ID license if they want to visit military bases and fly within the U.S. starting this October. Current driver’s licenses will continue to remain valid for driving, voting and general identification purposes.

“Kentuckians who plan to use another form of REAL ID, like a passport, are encouraged to check the expiration date to make sure it will be valid after Oct. 1,” said KYTC Secretary Jim Gray. “For those who plan to apply for a REAL ID license, avoid unnecessary repeat trips and take the time to now to learn what specific documents are accepted by visiting realidky.com.”

Like Morehead, the REAL ID offices in Frankfort and Madisonville serve as a regional application site welcoming applicants from any county to apply. Offices in Paducah, Bowling Green, and Somerset are best scaled to serve residents in the county they are located in and will serve the region once workstation capacity expands. The Morehead office is located at 126 Bradley Avenue and is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Starting Oct. 1, Kentucky driver’s licenses, permits and identification cards displaying the Kentucky Unbridled Spirit logo or the language “NOT FOR REAL ID PURPOSES” will no longer be accepted to board U.S. commercial flights or access restricted federal buildings to comply with federal REAL ID law.

Kentucky is in the process of offering REAL ID-compliant licenses, permits and identification cards accepted at airport security checkpoints, military bases and federal buildings that require ID once federal enforcement begins.

REAL ID licenses serve as one of several forms of REAL ID. Below is a list of common forms of REAL ID Kentuckians may use to maintain air travel and select federal building access:

• Valid U.S. or foreign passport
• Valid U.S. Passport Card
• Voluntary Travel ID license, permit or identification card
• Military ID (issued by U.S. Department of Defense)
• Permanent resident card
• DHS- Trusted Traveler Card
• Global Entry Card

A full list of documents accepted by the Transportation Security Administration is available at www.tsa.gov. Kentuckians are encouraged to contact military bases and federal buildings, like the White House, to learn what other forms of identification are accepted.

Beginning nationwide on Oct. 1, a form of REAL ID will be needed to:

• Pass through airport security checkpoints to board a U.S. commercial flight
• Visit a military base
• Visit a federal building or facility that requires ID (White House, nuclear power plant)

From Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

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