House OK’s bill to comply with the Real ID Act

Kentucky lawmakers have completed work on a bill that would change the state’s driver’s licenses so residents can meet federal requirements for boarding domestic flights.
    
The measure updates driver’s license procedures to comply with the federal Real ID Act. It won final passage in the House on Friday, the final day of this year’s legislative session.
    
The bill now heads to Gov. Matt Bevin’s desk.
    
The new driver’s licenses would be optional. But anyone who does not have a new license by Oct. 1, 2020, would have to use a U.S. passport, a passport card or some other acceptable form of identification to board a domestic flight. It costs $135 to get a passport and takes about six weeks to get one. A passport card costs $55 and cannot be used for international travel.

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