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Real ID Law Gets 4-Month Break in Kentucky

1st Infantry Division Soldiers Return Home To Fort Knox From Afghanistan
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A four-month extension has been granted to Kentucky by the Department of Homeland Security on a new federal law that would have kept visitors from entering Fort Knox, Fort Campbell, and other government sites with just a driver’s license. 

The federal Real ID law is an anti-terrorism measure meant to keep people from obtaining false driver’s license. Starting Monday additional ID, such as a passport, would have been required for Kentuckians to enter a military facility. Kentucky is one of nine states that have yet to meet the requirements of the Real ID law. The federal law also applies to places such as nuclear plants. Next January, people without a federal Real ID driver’s license won’t be able to fly domestic without an additional ID.

The Kentucky General Assembly passed a law last year that would have brought the state in compliance with the federal law but Governor Bevin vetoed it.

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