Gov. Andy Beshear announced Wednesday that Paducah and Somerset would be the next cities to offer Real ID licenses, a secure form of identification that would allow holders onto domestic flights and military installations.

The Paducah office is in Suite C of the Hipp Building at 2855 Jackson St. and is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The McCracken County office will initially offer one station to process Real ID licenses, but will expand capacity in coming months. McCracken County residents who have a current driver's license, permit or identification card may apply for a Kentucky's Real ID compliant version if they want to use a state-issued credential to meet upcoming Real ID requirements that go into effect Oct. 1.

Beshear and Transportation Secretary Jim Gray said they are focused on helping Kentuckians who need a Real ID obtain one by the Oct. 1 deadline.

"For years, there have been a lot of changes and uncertainty surrounding Real ID -- the federal ID requirements to board flights, enter a military base or visit some federal buildings -- but that uncertainty has to end on Oct. 1," Beshear said. "My administration is working tirelessly to catch our state up and bring us into compliance with the federal requirements. We must continue to act swiftly so all our families are served."

Residents applying for a Real ID license must present documentation from a list of specific, acceptable documents that meet federal guidelines, including:

• One valid proof of identity (like a certified birth certificate or valid passport).

• One valid proof of Social Security number (like a non-laminated Social Security card).

• Two valid proofs of residency (like a Kentucky driver's license with current home address or a utility bill dated less than 61 days prior).

Additional documentation may be required if an applicant's name or gender doesn't match on the four proof documents (like a marriage certificate or divorce decree if the names don't match due to marriage or divorce).

After applying for a Real ID license, applicants will receive a temporary 30-day document that serves as a driving credential until the permanent card arrives in the mail at the applicant's residence. Only debit and credit cards will be accepted (no cash or check). Regional offices are not equipped to serve applicants who require testing or retesting. The cost of a four-year Real ID license is $24 and $48 for an eight-year Real ID license.

The McCracken circuit court clerk's office will continue to serve as the application site for standard, non-Real ID compliant driver's licenses, permits and identification cards. A standard driver's license is $20.

Kentuckians who have never had a Kentucky driving credential or those who require any form of testing or retesting must first visit the circuit court clerk's office before visiting a regional licensing office if they would like a Real ID license, permit or identification card.

With the addition of the two offices, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) now provides Real ID to more than 800,000 Kentuckians at regional offices, including in Frankfort and Bowling Green.

Residents who already have a valid form of Real ID, like a passport or military ID, can use that instead of the new Real ID license if they want to visit military bases and fly within the U.S. starting this October. Current driver's licenses will continue to remain valid for driving, voting and general identification purposes.

To prepare and learn more about Real ID compliant licenses and take the IDocument Guide, Kentuckians should visitdrive.ky.gov/confidentky.

What is Real ID?

Starting Oct. 1, Kentucky driver's licenses, permits and identification cards displaying the Kentucky Unbridled Spirit logo or the phrasing "Not for Real ID purposes" will no longer be accepted to board U.S. commercial flights or access restricted federal buildings to comply with federal Real ID law.

Kentucky is in the process of offering Real ID compliant licenses, permits and identification cards accepted at airport security checkpoints, military bases and federal buildings that require ID once federal enforcement begins.

Real ID licenses serve as one of several forms of Real ID. Other forms include a valid U.S. or foreign passport, a valid U.S. passport card, a voluntary travel ID license, permit or identification card, military ID (issued by the U.S. Department of Defense) and a permanent resident card.

The 2005 Real ID Act required changes to state standards, procedures and requirements for the issuance of driver's licenses and identification cards accepted by select federal agencies, including the Transportation Security Administration. It was issued as a security measure following the 9/11 attacks.

What is Real ID?

Starting Oct. 1, Kentucky driver's licenses, permits and identification cards displaying the Kentucky Unbridled Spirit logo or the phrasing "Not for Real ID purposes" will no longer be accepted to board U.S. commercial flights or access restricted federal buildings to comply with federal Real ID law.

Kentucky is in the process of offering Real ID compliant licenses, permits and identification cards accepted at airport security checkpoints, military bases and federal buildings that require ID once federal enforcement begins.

Real ID licenses serve as one of several forms of Real ID. Other forms include a valid U.S. or foreign passport, a valid U.S. passport card, a voluntary travel ID license, permit or identification card, military ID (issued by the U.S. Department of Defense) and a permanent resident card.

The 2005 Real ID Act required changes to state standards, procedures and requirements for the issuance of driver's licenses and identification cards accepted by select federal agencies, including the Transportation Security Administration. It was issued as a security measure following the 9/11 attacks.

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