New changes for credentials
Beginning in 2019, the Commonwealth of Kentucky is making significant changes to all credentials (driver’s licenses, permits and personal IDs). The credentials will have new security features, will arrive in the mail five to 10 business days after residents apply at their local Circuit Court Clerk’s office, will be moving to an eight-year lifespan and will have new pricing. Social Security’s role will be to assist you if you need a Social Security card for your credential application.
All credentials will be available in one of two versions: a new standard credential or a new Voluntary Travel ID credential. Voluntary Travel
ID versions have all the benefits of a standard credential plus they are federally accepted to board U.S. domestic flights and access restricted federal facilities once REAL ID enforcement begins nationwide on Oct. 1, 2020.
To apply for the new credential, you must present:
1. One proof of identity (such as a birth certificate, passport or permanent resident card),
2. Proof of Social Security number (such as a Social Security card or W-2 with full SSN shown) and
3. One proof of residency for a standard credential (such as a utility bill, lease, or pay slip) or two proofs of residency for a Voluntary Travel ID.
A birth certificate is the required proof of identity for applicants under 18.