6 more KY counties transition to new driver-licensing model

CALLOWAY COUNTY, Ky. (KBSI) – Six more Kentucky counties including two in western Kentucky will make the transition to a new, secure driver-licensing model in March.

This model will be administered by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and gives Kentuckians more choices and modern services.

The Office of Circuit Court Clerk will cease licensing services in Calloway, Clark, Marshall, Mercer, Oldham and Union counties at close of business on Friday, March 25. Customers will be referred to KYTC Driver Licensing Regional Offices as of Monday, March 28.

The traditional issuance system of licenses and permits initiated at the Office of Circuit Court Clerk in each county is being phased out. It is being replaced by a network of KYTC Driver Licensing Regional Offices located across the state. Twenty-one regional offices have been opened statewide so far with more to come. The plan is to complete the transition statewide by June 30.

Technology is being used to offer more service options than every before such as online appointment scheduling, online license renewal and mail-in renewal. The new regional offices only business will be focused on licensing.

Graves County had been scheduled to make the transition in March as well, but the courthouse in Mayfield was destroyed by a tornado in December, and licensing services have been performed by a KYTC “popup” portable office. One hundred counties, including Graves, will have made the transition by the end of March.

Residents of counties making the transition may renew or apply for a REAL ID or new standard card version of driver license, learner permit, commercial driver license (CDL) or ID card at any KYTC Driver Licensing Regional Office. Applicants are encouraged to make an appointment online, which can be done at drive.ky.gov. Walk-in customers are served on a first-come, first-served basis at most locations.

More than 102,000 Kentuckians have skipped a trip to a regional office by renewing their current license online, and more than 6,400 have done so by mail. To learn more about how to renew your license, click here.

KYTC regional offices are the only place where Kentuckians can get a REAL ID. Those offices are operating in Bowling Green, Burlington, Catlettsburg, Columbia, Elizabethtown, Frankfort, Hopkinsville, Jackson, Lexington, Louisville/Bowman Field (appointment only), Louisville/Dixie Highway (appointment only), Louisville/Hurstbourne, Louisville/Nia Center, Madisonville, Manchester, Morehead, Owensboro, Paducah, Prestonsburg, Richmond and Somerset, with more offices planned.

Driver Licensing Regional Offices will offer the following:

  • Online appointment scheduling. Walk-in customers are still welcome.
  • A choice between a REAL ID and a new standard card version. Both feature security upgrades and are available with a choice of four-year or eight-year expiration. (Eight years for all CDLs.)
  • Service at ANY regional office, regardless of customer’s county of residence.
  • Periodic “Pop-up Driver Licensing” visits to counties without a regional office to offer on-site application and renewal services.

License applicants receive a temporary identification document at the end of the transaction for use until the permanent card arrives by mail at their home address. This reduces the wait time for printing credentials during visits and improves security by eliminating in-office card production machinery.

Tap here to view a full list of counties that have transferred services to regional offices.

Kentucky State Police will continue to administer all permit and license testing. Testing services are offered Monday through Friday by appointment. Applicants who require testing by KSP for a permit, driver license or CDL may make an appointment online by visiting http://kentuckystatepolice.org/driver-testing/.

Kentucky will continue offering the option of a standard driver’s license, but a REAL ID or other form of federally approved identification, such as a passport or Department of Defense-issued military ID, eventually will be needed by people 18 and older for boarding commercial flights and accessing military bases and federal buildings that currently require identification. Enforcement is scheduled to begin May 3, 2023.

First-time application for a REAL ID must be made in person at a Driver Licensing Regional office. Specific documentation is required. A list of acceptable documentation and a link to take an interactive quiz that populates a personalized list of documents is available at drive.ky.gov | IDocument Guide.

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