KENTUCKY (KFVS) - Changes are coming to Kentucky driver’s licenses in 2019.
The pilot roll-out is scheduled to begin in early April in Franklin and Woodford Counties. It’ll be extended to the other 118 counties will start two to three weeks later.
Driver’s licenses, permits and personal IDs will have new security features, arrive in the mail after residents apply at their local Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, will be moving to an eight-year lifespan and will have new pricing.
They will be available in two versions: a new standard credential or a new voluntary travel ID credential.
On October 1, 2020, Kentucky’s standard licenses will no longer be accepted to board U.S. flights or enter restricted federal facilities, like military bases, nuclear power plants or the White House.
According to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, a phases, statewide roll out of the new credentials and changes will start in early 2019 and be complete by spring. Kentuckians do not need to replace their current credential unless they are within six months of their card’s expiration date, they need to update their card due to name, address or gender change, or their current card expires after Oct. 1, 2020 and they would like a voluntary travel ID.
All first-time applicants wanting any identity credential or anyone requesting a voluntary travel ID will need to have the following:
- Proof of identity document - birth certificate, passport, permanent residence card, etc.
- Proof of social security number - such as a social security card or a W-2 form
- Proof of residency - utility bill, lease, pay slip, voter registration card, etc.
There is a difference in pricing between the standard credential and the voluntary travel ID.
- 3-year driver’s permit - $15 for the standard credential and $18 for the voluntary travel ID
- 1-year motorcycle permit - $15 for the standard credential and $18 for the voluntary travel ID
- 8-year/4-year personal ID - $23/$11.50 for the standard credential and $28/$14 for the voluntary travel ID
- 8-year/4-year driver’s license - $43/$21.50 for the standard credential and $48/$24 for the voluntary travel ID
- 8-year/4-year motorcycle license - $43/$21.50 for the standard credential and $48/$24 for the voluntary travel ID
- 8-year/4-year driver/motorcycle license combo - $53/$26.50 for the standard credential and $58/$29 for the voluntary travel ID
The roll-out schedule will not impact benefits Kentuckians can get using their current driver’s license because of a federal extension from the Department of Homeland Security that allows airport security checkpoints and military bases to accept existing card versions for U.S. air travel and entry.
Kentuckians are encouraged to prepare for the changes by gathering, updating and requesting required documentation if they plan to apply for a Voluntary Travel ID card version.