Update on Kentucky’s real ID change
Update on REAL ID compliant driver's licenses:
Real ID update
TO: Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks
FROM: Matt Cole, Director
Division of Driver Licensing, Department of Vehicle Regulation
RE: REAL ID Compliance Extension
DATE: October 11, 2017
On September 11, 2017, Kentucky submitted a request for an additional annual extension to the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for coming into full compliance with the REAL ID Act and its related regulations. On September 25, 2017, DHS requested additional information from Kentucky, a request to which we fully responded on that same day. We were notified late yesterday afternoon that DHS is working to expedite their review of our request, and stated that most extension requests have required a series of follow up conversations with the states. DHS has committed to notifying us without delay when their review of our extension request has been completed.
In the meantime, DHS has informed the media, state and federal agencies that DHS will be processing extension requests beyond October 10, 2017 and has instituted a grace period from enforcement for all states with pending extension requests. The grace period begins on October 11, 2017 and ends on January 22, 2018. During this time, Federal agencies, including TSA, may continue to accept driver’s licenses and identification cards issued by states with pending extensions. If you encounter actions by local TSA officials that differ from the guidance received directly from DHS, then you should contact me directly with those details and we will convey this information to DHS.
As of today, DHS has updated its Real ID Website to reflect the status of those states whose extension requests are under review or have been granted. DHS plans to update the website on a weekly basis to reflect the decisions being made by DHS Acting Secretary Elaine Duke. Since the previous update, North Carolina has been provided with a compliance determination and Virginia has been granted an extension. All other jurisdictions have been either deemed compliant or are considered "under review."