4 central Ky. counties can apply for Real ID licenses in Frankfort

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - Residents of four central Kentucky counties can now apply for Real ID compliant drivers licenses at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet headquarters in Frankfort as state officials continue to revamp the system for issuing the Voluntary Travel IDs.

People who live in Anderson, Franklin, Owen and Scott counties can go to the KYTC driver licensing office at 200 Mero Street in Frankfort. They can also upgrade their existing drivers license to the Voluntary Travel ID there.

Woodford County residents can still apply at the Woodford County Circuit Clerk’s office, 130 Court St., in Versailles.

Voluntary Travel IDs are Kentucky’s brand of REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses, permits and identification cards, which will be accepted for U.S. commercial air travel and restricted federal facility access once federal enforcement begins Oct. 1, 2020.

The cards serve as one of several forms of federal identification accepted at airport security checkpoints, military bases and federal buildings that require ID. Other common forms of acceptable identification include valid passports, passport cards, and military IDs.

“We’re proud to expand access to even more Kentuckians as we build upon our trial regional office location in Frankfort,” said Department of Vehicle Regulation Commissioner Matt Henderson. “Coming prepared will save applicants valuable time since new federal standards require additional documentation that must meet strict requirements.”

Those applying for a Voluntary Travel ID card version must present documentation that meets specific guidelines, including one valid proof of identity, one valid proof of social security number and two valid proofs of residency, dated less than 61 days for most documents.

Additional documentation may be required if an applicant’s name or gender doesn’t match on the four proof documents, like a marriage certificate or divorce decree if your names don’t match due to marriage or divorce. Applicants may need to reorder documents if they do not display legal names, such as a nickname printed on a social security card.

A detailed list of acceptable documents is available on the Confident Kentucky website. The online IDocument Guide quiz provides a customized list of documents an applicant will need to present. Some acceptable documents have strict requirements, including no photocopies of birth certificates, unexpired documents, non-laminated social security cards.

Applicants will receive a temporary 30-day document to serve until the permanent card arrives in the mail. The KYTC driver’s license office is located on 200 Mero St., in Frankfort, Ky. and is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Only debit and credit cards will be accepted, no cash or checks. The Frankfort office is not equipped to serve applicants who require testing or re-testing.

Henderson told a legislative committee last week that instead of the original plan of issuing the new IDs at every circuit clerk’s office in the state, which became overly burdensome to the local office staff, they will be going to regional offices, such as the KYTC headquarters in Frankfort.

While there will initially be 12 regional centers across the state, Henderson told lawmakers they hope to eventually have 28-30 sites to reduce the travel time needed to obtain the Voluntary Travel IDs.

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