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Kentuckians May Soon Need A Passport To Fly

Posted On October 17, 2017

By Travis Thayer

(Frankfort, Ky.) – Kentucky residents who fly often may want to apply or renew a passport.

Kentucky is under review by the Department of Homeland Security after the state missed an October 10 deadline to come into compliance with federal minimum security rules enacted by the REAL ID Act of 2005, FOX 19 NOW reports.

The REAL ID Act came in response to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, which is a coordinated effort by the states and the federal government to improve the reliability and accuracy of state-issued ID documents.

If Kentucky is not granted an extension by January 22, 2018, Kentuckians will likely have to show a U.S. passport, passport card or military ID to board a domestic or international flight.

Gov. Mat Bevin signed a bill into law in March, which will eventually bring Kentucky into compliance with federal security regulations for driver’s licenses – but the new measure doesn’t go into effect until 2019.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet anticipates Kentucky driver’s licenses will be approved for domestic air travel and other federal purposes until the new licenses become available. However, there is no guarantee until the federal government issues another extension.

It should be noted a U.S. passport costs $135 and takes about four to six weeks to be received.