State Adds More REAL ID Centers

Jan 23, 2020

Left to Right-State Transportation Secretary Jim Gray-Governor Andy Beshear
Credit Stu Johnson

The state continues to expand locations for obtaining the federally mandate REAL ID’s.  Starting in October, the new ID will be required to board flights, enter a military base, or visit a federal building.

Governor Beshear announced Wednesday two more cities, Somerset and Paducah, are now offering REAL ID licenses.  Services are already available in Bowling Green and Frankfort where the governor said any Kentuckian can apply. “Especially here in Frankfort, we are not going to restrict this office that has opened to any particular list of counties or regions.  If you are in Frankfort, you can come to this facility and get your REAL ID,” explained Beshear.

Sarah Jackson, with longtime experience in state government, has been tabbed to serve as REAL ID project manager. “We’re working very hard to hire and get people trained to send them out to these new offices as they open with dedicated experienced people by their side,” said Jackson.

State Transportation Secretary Jim Gray says the goal is to have all regional centers up and running by early summer.  He said the state cost to implement REAL ID services for 2020 is about four million dollars.

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