The federal government has denied Kentucky’s request for more time to update its drivers’ licenses, potentially forcing residents to use passports to board domestic flights by 2018.
Starting in January, Kentuckians cannot use their drivers’ licenses or ID cards to enter military bases or nuclear power plants.
The denial does not affect offices of the Social Security Administration, Veterans Affairs and court houses. If Kentucky is still out of compliance by January 2018, Kentucky drivers’ licenses will not be accepted to board domestic flights.
Congress imposed the new ID requirements, called Real ID, after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
The Kentucky legislature passed a law earlier this year at the request of Republican Gov. Matt Bevin to bring the state into compliance. But Bevin then changed his mind and vetoed the law, saying it was “rushed.”