- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 22, 2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Regional offices will open in Somerset and Paducah to help Kentuckians obtain new Real ID licenses that comply with federal requirements, Gov. Andy Beshear said Wednesday.

The governor also announced that Sarah Jackson will serve as the new Real ID project manager as the state faces a deadline to upgrade the security of driver’s licenses. Jackson previously served as assistant attorney general and general counsel for Kentucky’s Cabinet for Workforce Development.

Starting Oct. 1, Kentuckians without a Real ID-compliant license or passport will not be able to board domestic flights, visit a military base or enter some federal buildings.

“My administration is working tirelessly to catch our state up and bring us into compliance with the federal requirements,” Beshear said Wednesday.

The Somerset and Paducah offices will initially have one station each but will expand capacity in coming months to serve people throughout the regions.



The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet already provides the licenses at regional offices in Frankfort and Bowling Green. The current plan, which Beshear called “the best option” in the short term, is to open 12 regional offices across the state to provide the licenses, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

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