2 More Regional Offices Opening To Obtain REAL ID

Governor Andy Beshear and Transportation Secretary Jim Gray say they are focused on helping Kentuckians obtain a REAL ID by the October 1st deadline.

At a news conference at the Kentucky Transportation headquarters Wednesday, Beshear said despite Kentucky not currently meeting the federal REAL ID standards, his administration is committed to implementing the initiative. He said Kentuckians with passport, passport cards and military ID’s will not need a REAL ID. However, for those that don’t have a passport or passport card, Beshear noted you will need a REAL ID.

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Currently, REAL IDs are available in Frankfort and Bowling Green and Beshear announced the opening of two new offices Wednesday in Paducah and Somerset and added they are working to open new offices around the state.

The Paducah office is located at 2855 Jackson Street, Hipp Building, Suite C and is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. CT.

In addition, Beshear announced a new project manager, Sarah Jackson of Frankfort, who will help move the REAL project forward.

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Jackson said the public also needs to be prepared to apply for the REAL ID. She noted there is a website that has a tool to help Kentuckians learn about the proof document needed and strict requirements.

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To prepare and learn more about REAL ID-compliant licenses and the IDocument guide, Kentuckians should visit drive.ky.gov/confident.ky.