KYTC announces rollout schedule for Kentucky's new licenses

Published: Jan. 7, 2019 at 10:42 AM EST
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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced the anticipated rollout dates of the state's new identity credentials.

Kentucky's new driver licenses will gradually become available in counties beginning in March 2019 through spring.

The new system will be in place statewide by May in compliance with the Real ID Act.

The Real ID Act requires identity checks and security features that Kentucky licenses do not have.

The Circuit Court Clerk office in your county will begin offering new standard and Voluntary Travel ID credentials during a specific week.

“As the rollout approaches in each county, we’ll announce the specific date the changes will take effect. It’s important we maintain some flexibility right now as we continue to prepare for a massive statewide redesign of the license program. Our focus is to make the transition as smooth as possible," said KYTC Secretary Greg Thomas.

To view the rollout dates for your county click


“Current Kentucky licenses, permits and IDs will remain valid until their expiration date, so cardholders should wait to request one of the new card versions until they are within their renewal period,” said Department of Vehicle Regulation Commissioner Matt Henderson.

The Real ID enforcement begins October 1, 2020. At that point, a new Voluntary Travel ID card or any federally accepted form of identification, like a passport, will be needed for airport security checkpoints and entry into military bases or restricted federal buildings.

“Those seeking a Voluntary Travel ID but whose renewal window doesn’t allow them to renew before the October 2020 deadline can visit a Circuit Court Clerk office and pay $15 to upgrade their current credential to a Voluntary Travel ID that maintains their current card’s expiration date," said Henderson.