When REAL ID enforcement goes into effect May 7, 2025, Kentucky driver’s licenses without a black star cannot be used at airport security checkpoints for U.S. commercial air travel. Other federally approved documents, like a valid passport or passport card, are accepted for U.S. air travel.
This means if you or a loved one has applied or would like to go on an upcoming Honor Flight and you are placed on a manifest for a flight after the effective date, you must have either a REAL ID, or a valid U.S. passport or other federally approved ID. Your KY REAL ID will look like the sample below
To save time (it takes on average a couple weeks to receive your REAL ID in the mail after your application is approved) and to avoid repeat trips when applying, potential Honor Flight passengers are URGED TO PREPARE NOW.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is opening Driver Licensing Regional Offices to make the new card versions available. To save time and avoid repeat trips when applying for a REAL ID, citizens are urged to prepare now. To find an office close to you click on this link. https://drive.ky.gov/driver-licensing/Pages/Regional-Offices-Map.aspx
Take the IDocument quiz (make sure to select the Voluntary Travel ID Credential option) or review the valid proof document checklist at www.drive.ky.gov to learn what required documents you need to gather or update before applying.
Please go to https://drive.ky.gov/confidentKY/Pages/Schedule.aspx for additional information