REAL ID in Kentucky
REAL ID-compliant licenses or non-driver IDs are NOT required for Kentucky residents. However, in the near future, you’ll need a federally accepted ID document (like a REAL ID, passport, or military ID) to:
- Board a plane (even for domestic flights).
- Visit certain federal facilities.
- Enter nuclear power plants.
Kentucky REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or non-drver IDs have a star in the upper-right corner.
Obtaining a REAL ID for the first time requires making a trip to a Driver Licensing Regional Office and presenting certain documents.
Requirements to Obtain a KY REAL ID
To obtain a REAL ID, visit your local Driver Licensing Regional Office and provide your*:
- Proof of identity. This may include your:
- S. birth certificate.
- Valid passport.
- Certificate of Citizenship or Naturalization.
- Proof of social security. This may include a:
- Social security card.
- Paycheck or pay stub.
- W-2 or 1099 tax form.
- Proof of Kentucky residency. This may include your:
- Utility bill in your name (less than 1 year old).
- Property tax bill (a maximum of 60 days old).
- Valid KY driver’s license or ID.
- Payment for the applicable REAL ID fee.
If your name or gender has changed since your identity document was issued, you must provide a court-issued document proving the change.
*The Kentucky government website provides a complete list of accepted documents.
Kentucky REAL ID Fees
- REAL ID-compliant driver’s or motorcycle license: $48 (valid 8 years).
- REAL ID-compliant driver’s or motorcycle license: $24 (valid 4 years).
- REAL ID-compliant non-driver ID: $28 (valid 8 years).
- REAL ID-compliant non-driver ID: $14 (4 years).