Many Kentuckians have rightly been confused about whether or not their KY drivers license are valid for domestic air travel. With multiple deadline extensions being given to the Commonwealth of Kentucky by the federal Department of Homeland Security, no wonder we are all confused. The information below is from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet website.
REAL ID Act
Kentucky driver license and ID card holders will not see any changes in the state’s driver license and identification card issuance system until January 1, 2019.
New Voluntary Travel ID’s will not be available until 2019.
Kentucky driver licenses will be approved for use for domestic air travel and all other federal purposes until new licenses become available.
KYTC will be partnering with numerous other organizations (private and public) on a comprehensive public education campaign to fully explain the new driver license system in 2018.
Kentuckians can continue to use their current driver license or ID card to visit federal offices such as Social Security, VA facilities, and federal court houses. Current driver license or ID cards are still valid for entering Federal facilities that do not require a person to present identification, voting or registering to vote, applying for or receiving Federal benefits, being licensed by a state and being able to drive in all 50 states and accessing health or life preserving services (including hospitals and health clinics), law enforcement, or constitutionally protected activities (including a defendant’s access to court proceedings).
Since an additional extension has been granted:
The federal Department of Homeland Security has determined that Kentucky driver licenses are acceptable forms of identification for all federal facilities, including military installations and other restricted access facilities. Kentuckians can freely access Social Security offices, VA facilities, federal courthouses and to apply for federal benefits. Kentuckians may also continue to use their Kentucky Driver License to board commercial domestic flights.