New DL

Latest indications from Kentucky Department of Transportation Driver’s License Division are that by the end of the summer all circuit clerk’s offices in all counties will be issuing new security driver’s licenses. Currently, Pulaski countians are using traditional driver’s licenses and Pulaski Circuit Clerk J.S. Flynn and his staff are waiting.

Flynn said his office does not have equipment to issue the new licenses. Also, “ ...we don’t have a projected date when the licenses will be issued in Pulaski County. I’ve been trained ... my staff has been trained (to issue the new security licenses),” he said.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the pilot program for the new licenses will take place in Woodford and Franklin counties. Counties will be added gradually, with new-type licenses expected to be available statewide by the end of summer.

The new license will arrive in the mail 5-10 business days after residents apply at their local circuit court clerk’s office. Once available in your county of residence, the next time you renew your current credential or if you are a first-time cardholder, you’ll choose a credential in one of two new versions: Standard or Voluntary Travel ID. Voluntary Travel ID versions have all the benefits of a standard credential plus they are federally accepted to board U.S. domestic flights and access restricted federal facilities once REAL ID enforcement begins nationwide October 1, 2020.

Documentation is required when applying for a Voluntary Travel ID. If your current legal name, date of birth, or gender is different than what is displayed on your identity or lawful status document, you must show legal proof of the changes (i.e. marriage license). For example, a woman may need to obtain her marriage license to validate the change from the maiden name listed on her birth certificate. If a name change is necessary, citizens should visit the Social Security office. If you wish to obtain a certified copy of your birth certificate those born in Kentucky may contact the Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics.

A license is one of the most common ways to prove who you are. All first-time applicants requesting any identity credential or any applicant requesting a Voluntary Travel ID credential will need to present the following:

• Proof of identity document (such as a birth certificate, passport, Permanent Resident Card, etc.) One is required for both standard credential and Voluntary Travel ID. If you wish to obtain a certified copy of your birth certificate, contact the vital statistics agency in the state of your birth. Those born in Kentucky may contact the Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics.

• Proof of Social Security number (such as Social Security card, W-2 form). One is required for both standard credential and Voluntary Travel ID. To request a replacement Social Security card, visit the Social Security Administration’s website.

• Proof of residency (such as utility bill, lease, pay slip, voter registration card, etc.). One is required for standard credential; two are required for Voluntary Travel ID

To renew any standard credential, applicants will only need to surrender their current license or ID to the circuit court clerk’s office. Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for a Voluntary Travel ID credential.

Beginning in October 2020, only people with a Voluntary Travel ID will be allowed to board domestic flights. Anyone who does not have a Voluntary Travel ID will have to show other forms of identification such as a passport to board domestic flights.

The standard driver’s license and the Voluntary Travel ID will be available initially in four- or eight-year intervals with prices ranging from $21.50 to $48. More price information is available at

Vehicle Regulation Commissioner Matt Henderson said current licenses under a federal extension are still accepted at airport security checkpoints and for military base entry. Federally compliant credentials will be available well in advance of October 2020.

New security standards for identity credentials were recommended by the 9/11 Commission to prevent fraudulent use and reproduction of licenses and IDs. Kentucky has been trying to comply with the federal requirements, but it is one of the last states to comply.

License information was taken from Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Driver’s License Division website.


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