Kentucky license update required for air travel by 2020

PADUCAH — The ID you in your wallet or purse is  going to change. New licenses have been unveiled for Kentucky drivers and anyone who wants to fly on domestic flights, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced Monday.

By October 2020, you will no longer be able to use Kentucky driver’s license for domestic flights.

There is a multi-step process to update your license. But, you still only have to go to the clerk’s office in person one time. After that, Graves County Clerk Emily Buzanis tells Local 6, you’ll have to wait for your new licenses in the mail.

“I know that we won’t be able to actually print your license here anymore. You will be given a temporary license,” Buzanis said. “All the licenses will be printed and mailed to you within 5-10 days from a centralized, secure location. It’s supposed to help with, you know, fraud.”

Beginning in 2019, there will be new options: A standard license for $43 or a voluntary travel ID that will allow you to board planes for $48 — both will be good for 8 years.

Arielle Banks takes domestic flights frequently to visit family. She said she thinks the updated version is more secure.

“They might have a reason behind it. It might be a more secure way, because you know, there is a lot of thefts and identity thefts that go on,” Banks said.

You can also choose the option to get a four-year license or travel ID instead of the eight-year options. The four-year options will be half the price.

Every county will have different roll-out dates in 2019. Check with your local clerk’s office before you go renew your license.

The bottom line Monday? Everyone must update their license by October of 2020 if they plan to take a domestic flight.

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