A new Kansas driver’s license design will comply with upcoming airport security requirements under the REAL ID Act. As with several states already rolling out new REAL ID compliant IDs, Kansas is following suit in order to have all cards successfully distributed by the deadline on September 30, 2020. Current cardholders are not required to change to the new design until their cards expire, so there is enough time built in for the new cards to reach current cardholders when the time comes to renew.

The new Kansas driver’s licenses will either contain a gold circle with white star cutout to signify an acceptable federal ID, or the words “not for federal ID” printed on the card (see below – top image is standard license and bottom image is for minors).

New Kansas Driver's License Design for Minors

New Kansas Driver's License Meets REAL ID Compliance Requirements

If Kansas residents would like to receive their new IDs now, they can bring proof of their social security number as well as a birth certificate or valid U.S. Passport to obtain the new design. Failure to bring this documentation will result in the “not for federal ID” version of the license, which will still be valid as a state ID or driver’s license, but will not be usable for entrance to certain federal facilities or to board flights after September 30, 2020.

For more information, please visit ksrevenue.org.

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