Monday, July 24, 2017

Kentucky Drivers' Licenses Will Become Obsolete

Steve Franzen. Provided. 
By Steven J. Franzen, Campbell County Attorney

Recently, Governor Matt Bevin signed House Bill 410 into law to bring Kentucky into compliance with federal security regulations for driver’s license (Real ID Act).  House Bill 410 is legislation that will allow Kentuckians with a driver’s license to either keep a standard license that everyone currently uses now or request an enhanced license that complies with the federal regulations.  As part of enacting House Bill 410, Kentucky was also granted an extension until 2019 to come into compliance with federal regulations for driver’s licenses.

The enhanced license authorized as part of House Bill 410 will not be available until 2019.  As part of this federal regulation and extension, if you do not have an enhanced license beginning in 2019, a person will not be able to enter or visit federal facilities such as VA facilities, Social Security offices, federal courthouses, and TSA facilities such as airports.  For example, in 2019 you would not be able to board a plane at CVG unless you had either an enhanced license or federally issued identification such as a passport or military identification card.

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To obtain an enhanced license for eight years that complies with federal regulation, the cost would be an additional five dollars and would require providing additional proof of identity through personal documents that are scanned into a database.  These requirements meet the minimum requirements set by the federal regulations.


For more information on the federal regulations, visit: https://www.dhs.gov/real-id-frequently-asked-questions.  The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will be providing more information and a public education campaign to fully explain the new driver license system in 2018.

Lastly, as a servant of the community I would remind everyone to check their driver’s license to determine when it expires as the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet no longer issues a reminder to renew your license.  It is your responsibility to make sure your license is not expired and it is a crime to drive with an expired license.

If you have any topics you would like to have covered in this column, please contact my office by e-mail at countyattorney@campbellcountyky.org, by phone at (859) 491-7700 or by regular mail addressed to 319 York Street, Newport, Kentucky 41071.

31 comments:

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    1. Just another attempt to take more money from the people. Why don't they swap them out for free. Or have the federal government pick up the tab.

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    2. Why don't they work on other issues like herion epidemic!! My husband got robbed because of drugs there won't be a next time conseal and carry

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  2. Brilliant idea by the state! This is going to cause a ton of problems for people. Why can't we get a drivers license that satisfies the act? Do we really need 120 counties issuing licenses? 120 sheriffs? 120 county attorneys?

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  3. Why do we have to wait until 2019 to have the enhanced license? Can we please just get them now?

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  4. Finally!
    Glad to see Kentucky is getting its act together!

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  5. Our licenses are old. Time for Kentucky to catch up. Perhaps we should also have a one stop DMV as well. Why go to one place for a driver's license, and another for a license plate?

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    1. It is already in the same place... not sure what part of Kentucky you are in but in Northern Kentucky both places are in the same spot!

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    2. Wha? Campbell County. You get your driver's license in the Courthouse and your license plate in the city building.

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    3. Dont think so bright one. check again

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    4. We are in Northern ky. And yes we have to go to two different places. Have to go to county bldg on Monmouth Street for plates and the old court house on York Street to renew drivers license.

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    5. Drivers license are at the courthouse at 4th and York.
      License Plates are at the county clerks office at E 11th and Monmouth.
      Someone above has NO CLUE!

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    6. The Alexandria office has both in one building.

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  6. Totally understandable that we need to upgrade to an enhanced ID. But what doesn't make sense is that they won't be offering them until 2019, when people are required to have them to fly. Why not offer them in 2018? Give everyone a year to upgrade. Only offering them until we need them seems like total chaos to me. Way to think ahead KY politicians! Who thought that one up?

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    1. Wonder if they will prorate the cost for the people who renewed their license in 2017 and 2018

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    2. There is an extension for Kentucky to comply on the new drivers license . We can still use our current license until 2019. It's in the article.

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    3. Why doesn't Steve Franzen fix this? Not much help just telling us about this.

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  7. I've never understood why annually I must take paper proof that my car was licensed the previous year to renew the plates. Getting the post card should confirm that.

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    1. What does that have to do with an enhanced driver's license?

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    2. And if b chance you misplace it you have to pay for a new one before being able to register

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    3. I think this person is on the wrong topic, mzybe.

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    4. That's your clerk, I haven't taken mine in years in Boone county. Same with insurance cards because they have it in the system electronically.

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  8. So if I want to fly in early 2019 and my license renewal time is not until late 2019, I need to proactively do it early? What a mess this is going to create.

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    1. Just do it early. The real problem is that KY issues licenses in 120 different places and can't satisfy the federal ID law

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    2. Maybe ask the county clerk this question, you are putting the cart before the horse.

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  9. and what if you don't drive .what do you do to get your enhanced id to board a plane or to go to ss office


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  10. So, if your license expires in 2018 - you have to pay to renew it AND pay again in 2019 to get this new federal license. That is messed up!

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