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Another Kentucky Real ID Reboot? It's In The Works.

Associated Press

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is seeking a redo on its rollout of the state’s new Real ID driver’s licenses – that’s according to new reporting from WDRB-TV. 

Documents first obtained by the station show state transportation officials want to scrap plans to phase in the new licenses by county and create new regional locations where drivers can obtain the IDs.

The move comes after pilot programs in just two counties – Franklin and Woodford – encountered long wait times and staffing problems. The local circuit court clerk’s offices say the larger number of documents needed for the IDs led to additional workloads and backups.

But the switch could have officials scrambling even more to meet an October 2020 federal deadline to comply with the Real ID Act, passed by Congress in the wake of 9/11. The legislation was meant to make the licenses more difficult to fake.

Under Kentucky’s long-delayed plan, drivers can opt for standard licenses or “voluntary travel IDs,” which will can be used to board domestic flights. A full list of other forms of ID accepted for domestic flights is available here: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/identification

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.
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