Real ID Kentucky licenses hit another setback


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) — A new setback will impact almost every Kentuckian.

Wednesday, the state put a hold on delivering new IDs you’ll need if you want to drive, travel, or go on a military base.

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The federally required cards started rolling out in a pilot program over the summer in Franklin and Woodford counties and the state said they’d be available for everyone by the end of the year. But that might not be the case.

“I would just like to see them get it done,” says Rob Stevenson who travels often for work.

Stevenson knows for all his work travel he’ll need an updated ID by October 2020.

He thought he’d be able to get one soon because the state started offering them this summer.

But that’s been put on hold. The state says it overestimated the workload for staff in circuit clerk offices.

“If they don’t get it done and get it out then how am I going to be able to travel in and out and if they don’t get it done then I think my only other choice is to get a passport which would be kind of costly,” Stevenson says.

This isn’t the first time Kentucky has had a problem getting the IDs up to new federal standards.

The state didn’t want to comply at first when congress decided in 2005 everyone would need a more secure ID, after 9/11 terrorist attacks.

After several extensions, we’re getting close to the new October 2020 deadline. After that, those without the new ID won’t be able to fly from state to state or visit military bases.

Now, some are concerned the state won’t even be able to meet that deadline.

We were there this summer when the Franklin County Circuit Clerk office started giving out the IDs.

People told us they were waiting in line for over two hours. But the clerk’s office said then it was just because it was new.

Now, the state says it was too much work so the transportation cabinet is hoping to set up regional offices just dedicated to issuing the licenses.

“Not everybody has time and can take time off to go do something like this,” says Stevenson.

The cabinet believes this is the fastest and most efficient path going forward but it hasn’t given details yet.

Stevenson says he’s just waiting to find out what he needs to do next.

For more information on the new IDs, click here.