Real ID licensing office now open in Bowling Green

BOWLING GREEN Ky.-Stadium Park Plaza in downtown Bowling Green houses the new Real ID regional licensing office. It’s been around for a month, but Jan. 13 was the first day it was open to the public. Commissioner of the Department of Vehicle Regulation Matt Henderson said this is a prime location to set up.

“We’re very excited about this location. It’s centrally located in Bowling Green, it’s a beautiful facility. This area of Warren County is a growing area, and we’re excited to be able to offer these credentials. This will be the first regional office in the state, here in Bowling Green,” Henderson said.

Beginning Oct. 1, real IDs will be needed to pass through airport security checks for commercial flights, to enter military bases, and to visit federal facilities that would require a identification. As of now, the office space is being used to test equipment and work out any potential errors. In the coming months, the service will expand to a bigger space.

“Initially, this location will just be serving the citizens of Warren County. We’re going to expand the square footage in this location and this facility. We’ll have more issuing stations to be able to serve the entire region, which will include somewhere between 10 to 15 counties,” Henderson said.

Warren County Circuit Court Clerk Brandi Duvall emphasized that her office will still keep up the original duty of issuing drivers licenses that are not Real ID compliant.

“There’s a lot of people that I’ve spoken with who don’t fly, don’t intend to fly, or they intend to use their passport to fly. Those are people who don’t necessarily have to have this card right now. A lot of them are still coming to my office to obtain the old card,” Duvall said.

For those who are thinking of applying now or in the near future, Henderson offers this advice.

“An easy way to find out what documents you need is to go to drive.ky.gov. We have a full list of all of the documents you can use to fill those requirements,” Henderson said.

Officials say when applying for a real ID, be sure to bring documents that include reasons for name changes, such as marriage.