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Real ID program experiencing real slow rollout as circuit court clerks juggle increased workload

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The on-again, off-again rollout of Kentucky’s new driver’s licenses to meet federal standards of the federal government’s Real ID program is on hold again. An oft-delayed pilot program for the new licenses, known as Voluntary Travel IDs, finally began this summer in Franklin and Woodford counties, following months of delays. But the circuit court clerks responsible...

Pew Trusts: Real ID causing real problems as states cope with changing rules and late rollouts

By Elaine S. Povich Pew Charitable Trusts In half a dozen states, including the most populous state of California, the Real ID rollout is a real mess. Technical glitches, delays and miscommunication are roiling the Real ID implementation in those states, calling into question whether residents will have the secure driver’s license needed to travel by air or enter government restricted areas after...

Transportation Cabinet in final stages of testing new driver’s license system; to pilot in Woodford, Franklin

The Kentucky Transportation (KYTC) is in the end stages of testing the state’s new driver’s license system to introduce new, more secure card versions that meet federal standards in the coming months. A pilot of the new system will begin this spring in Circuit Court Clerk Office locations in Woodford and Franklin counties. New licenses will be made available gradually in counties and become available...

Commissioner says changes need to be made for license plates and driver’s licenses in Kentucky

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today New license plates and driver’s licenses could be coming to Kentucky soon.   John-Mark Hack, commissioner of the Department of Vehicle Regulation, made a presentation to the General Assembly’s Interim Joint Transportation Committee on Tuesday in Frankfort. He told lawmakers the current system of license plate issuance is woefully inefficient and, since the design hasn’t...

Commentary: New voluntary federal ID cards now compliant with mandates, pose no threat to privacy

By Rep. Jim DuPlessis Special to KyForward In 2005, legislation was enacted by the United States Congress to beef up national security by adding new requirements for state driver’s licenses and other official ID cards. Ever since then, as states have gone through the process of complying with the new mandates, much opposition has formed to what is often called REAL ID. However, despite those concerns,...

Legislative Briefs: REAL ID compliance bill advances to Senate; ‘Tim Tebow’ measure gets House approval

The Kentucky House voted 77-19 Tuesday to create “voluntary travel ID” cards that would meet federal REAL ID requirements, while also voting to change procedures for issuance of standard Kentucky driver’s licenses and permits. House Bill 410, sponsored by Rep. Jim DuPlessis, R-Elizabethtown, would create the voluntary travel ID—an enhanced driver’s license that could be used to board airplanes...

Homeland Security denies state’s request for new one-year driver’s license compliance extension

Kentucky’s request for a one-year extension to come into compliance with federal regulations known as REAL ID was denied Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The denial of the extension comes in spite of recent documented progress the state has made to further enhance the security of its driver’s license and ID card issuance system. Despite the denial, Kentucky will continue...

Kentucky may have to change its driver’s licensing – again – to comply under REAL ID

When Kentucky driver’s licenses showed up in the hands of non-U.S. pilots several years ago, federal officials came to Frankfort asking questions.   “The FBI … had found Kentucky driver’s licenses in several other countries. As a matter of fact, we were told that one of the people who applied for one of the aviation schools in the United States had a Kentucky driver’s license,” State...