Confident Kentucky 

What I need to apply?

A license is one of the most common ways you prove who you are. The new issuance system is a reset to establish your identity. Click the List of Acceptable Documents button below for a complete list of accepted documents or utilize the IDocument Guide to learn what to bring. In general, REAL ID applicants or all first-time applicants requesting any identity credential will need to provide the following:

  1. Proof of identity document (Click "List" button below.)
    • One (1) required for both standard credential and REAL ID. If you wish to obtain a certified copy of your birth certificate, contact the vital statistics agency in the state of your birth. Those born in Kentucky may contact the Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics. A current driver's license does not qualify as a valid proof of identity.
  2. Proof of Social Security number (Click "List" button below.)
  3. Proof of residency (Click "List" button below.)
    • One (1) required for standard credential; two (2) required for REAL ID
 Don't Forget!: If your current legal name, date of birth, or gender is different than what is displayed on your identity or lawful status document, you must show legal proof of the changes (i.e. marriage licenses, court orders, divorce papers).

To RENEW any standard credential, applicants will only need to surrender their current license or ID to the Circuit Court Clerk’s office.

Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for a REAL ID credential. A full list of acceptable documents is available.

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What if I need to update or replace my documentation?

If your current legal name, date of birth, or gender is different than what is displayed on your identity or lawful status document, you must show legal proof of the changes (i.e. marriage license). For example, a woman may need to obtain her marriage license to validate the change from the maiden name listed on her birth certificate. If a name change is necessary, citizens should visit the Social Security office. Request a replacement Social Security card if necessary. If you wish to obtain a certified copy of your birth certificate, contact the appropriate agency in the state of your birth. Those born in Kentucky may contact the Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​