Governor Beshear opens more REAL ID offices, appoints new project manager

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Governor Andy Beshear made an announcement Wednesday afternoon giving an update on the REAL ID program.

The progress update began at 1:15 p.m. in Frankfort. Beshear was joined by Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Jim Gray.

“For years, there have been a lot of changes and uncertainty surrounding REAL ID – the federal ID requirements to board flights, enter a military base or visit some federal buildings, but that uncertainty has to end on Oct. 1,” Gov. Beshear said. “My administration is working tirelessly to catch our state up and bring us into compliance with the federal requirements. We must continue to act swiftly so all our families are served.”

Kentuckians will need a driver’s license that is REAL ID-compliant or a passport in order to board domestic flights or enter secure federal facilities. The deadline for Kentucky to comply with the federal requirements is October of this year.

Beshear announced Sarah Jackson of Frankfort will serve as the new REAL ID project manager. Jackson will serve in the Office of Secretary, reporting directly to Gray.

"Kentuckians are urged to start looking at the documents they need. We don't want any unnecessary visits to offices. It is crushing when someone has driven 10 miles or one mile or arranged for a babysitter at home and they don't have the correct documents," said Jackson.

Click here to see what documents you need to bring to get the REAL ID.

Last year, state officials said they will open 12 regional offices where drivers can get their REAL IDs. Until now, only the offices in Frankfort and Bowling Green were open.

Beshear also announced Wednesday that Somerset and Paducah are the next cities to offer REAL IDs. Some of the other offices will be eventually be located in Lexington, Manchester, Jackson, Prestonsburg and Morehead.

Read more about the new licenses here.

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