Kentucky gets extension for identification law deadline

Kentucky has another year to meet federal requirements for your drivers license.

That mean’s your ID is still valid at federal buildings and airports for now.

In 2005, Congress passed the REAL ID Act, which set a new standard for drivers licenses.

Because licenses in Kentucky are issued by circuit court clerks instead of a department of motor vehicles, it is taking longer to meet that goal.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the states driver’s license itself is not the issue. Since 2012, Kentucky has issued a redesigned license and ID card that includes state-of-the-art security features that KYTC says are designed to protect against counterfeiting, illegal alteration and other tampering. Safeguards include fine-line printing, digital watermarking, a hologram and dual-side lamination.

“We are pleased to have been granted this extension,” said Rodney Kuhl, commissioner of the Department of Vehicle Regulation within the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, in an announcement Monday. “The Department of Homeland Security recognizes the progress we have made and our commitment to completing the process.”

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