Caldwell County residents now have one more option to maintain U.S. air travel and military base entry thanks to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's (KyTC) expansion of Real ID-compliant card access at a new Madisonville issuance location.

The Hopkins County Real ID Regional Driver's Licensing office in Madisonville launched Monday, serving all Kentuckians regardless of where they live. Any U.S. citizen or permanent resident who has a driver's license, permit or identification card may apply for a Kentucky's Real ID-compliant version at the new regional office in Madisonville if they want to use a state-issued credential to meet upcoming REAL ID requirements that go into effect Oct. 1, 2020.

Residents who already have a valid form of REAL ID, like a passport or military ID, can use that instead of the new REAL ID license if they want to visit military bases and fly within the U.S. starting this October. Current driver's licenses will continue to remain valid for driving, voting and general identification purposes.

The Madisonville office located at 56 Federal Place. Like Madisonville, the Real ID office in Paducah at 2855 Jackson St., Suite C serves as a regional application site welcoming applicants from any county to apply.