Will your driver’s license fly?

BG driver licensing office issues REAL ID-compliant licenses, IDs as well as standard...
BG driver licensing office issues REAL ID-compliant licenses, IDs as well as standard credentials.(WBKO)
Published: Apr. 1, 2021 at 9:45 AM CDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - On Oct. 1, 2021, federal enforcement of the REAL ID Act is scheduled to begin.

One of the most important changes will occur at airports, where an ordinary driver’s license or identification card for persons 18 and older will no longer be accepted for boarding a U.S. commercial flight. It also will not be accepted for entry to restricted federal installations, such as military bases, nuclear plants and the White House.

“After such a difficult year fighting COVID-19 and being separated from our loved ones, I know many Kentuckians will be excited to travel or visit service members when it is safe,” said Gov. Beshear. “I want all Kentuckians to know about REAL ID requirements so a long-awaited trip doesn’t get delayed or canceled just because someone had the wrong form of ID.”

“It’s an important change, and we want to help our fellow Kentuckians avoid an unsettling surprise in October,” KYTC Secretary Jim Gray said. “Upgrading to a REAL ID license or ID card is a secure, convenient way to ensure continued full access.”

Once REAL ID enforcement begins, a standard-issue license will still be good for driving, and as proof of identity, age and residence for purposes of voting and making age-restricted purchases, such as buying alcohol. It also will still be good for accessing such federal facilities as Social Security offices and Veterans Administration hospitals.

REAL ID credentials are not the only forms of federally approved ID that authorities will accept beginning Oct. 1. Others include a valid, unexpired passport or passport card, military ID or Department of Defense ID. Get the full list here.

In Kentucky, REAL ID licenses and IDs are issued at KYTC Driver Licensing Regional Offices in select counties. Click here for a listing of offices and an appointment scheduler. In addition, documentation requirements are strict. Guard against having to make a return trip by ensuring you arrive with the proper documents. Use the IDocument Guide here or access the website at

Copyright 2021 WBKO. All rights reserved.