​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​New Driver Licensing Regional Offices

KYTC LOGO: Driver Licensing Regional Office

​​Driver licensing services offered by the Office of Circuit Court Clerk have transitioned to the Transportation Cabinet's new network of Driver Licensing Regional Offices. This new licensing model offers more options and modern services, such as online appointment scheduling, your choice of a four or eight-year license, REAL ID licenses, and renew at home optionsYou may visit any regional office located in select counties across the state. 

Kentucky State Police will continue to oversee all written and road testing.

KYTC Driver Licensing Regional Offices are open to residents of ANY county. To schedule an appointment, click here.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has implemented a new driver licensing issuance model to obtain a Kentucky driving or state identification card. Now, instead of visiting the Office of the Circuit Court Clerk in the county where you live, all Kentuckians must visit a Driver Licensing Regional Office to apply for or renew a driver’s license, permit or ID card.​

​The change applies to any Kentucky resident who wants to apply for or renew an operator's license, commercial license, motorcycle license, combination license, learner's permit, or ID card (same as Voter ID).

Driver Licensing Regional Offices are strategically located in different areas of the state. They are not in every county (similar to most DMV models in other states). A list of locations is available here and more are expected to open. Residents may visit ANY regional office location to renew or replace their ID or apply for the first time (if they have already completed driver testing with the Kentucky State Police).​ 

Kentucky State Police continue to oversee all written and road testing. Testing locations are in Driver Licensing Regional Offices.To make a testing appointment, click here​.

With the passage of SB 124 on April 8, 2022, Kentucky driver's license holders who have been expired for more than one (1) year but less than five (5) years  will no longer be required to take the written knowledge and vision tests to renew their license.​

​The shift is more than a change in locations.  The Transportation Cabinet is taking licensing to the next level by providing new, modern services that put Kentuckians in the driver's seat to choose how they want to be served.  Here's what to expect at all our Driver Licensing Regional Offices.

  • Online appointment scheduling is available at each office to help you plan your day.  Walk-ins are welcome, but capacity is limited.
  • Choose between a REAL ID or new standard card version.  REAL ID versions of Kentucky licenses, permits and IDs can be used to pass through airport security checkpoints to board U.S. commercial flights, visit military bases and enter federal buildings that require identification once federal enforcement starts May 3, 2023.  Kentuckians with a standard card version must use another form of federal ID, like a passport, to maintain those air travel and federal facility access benefits.
  • Kentuckians are now able to renew their driver's license online!  This is offered to residents seeking to maintain the same card version they have and whose name or address has not changed.
  • Choose a card that lasts for four or eight years!
  • Visit ANY regional office, regardless of where you live in Kentucky.
  • Periodic "Popup Driver Licensing" visits will occur in counties without a regional office to offer on-site application and renewal services.
  • Licensing is our only​ business.  Our focus is on providing an excellent, uniform experience across our network of offices.
  • Cards offered at regional offices have a new look that provides state-of-the-art security to better protect your information.
  • no more waiting for your card to be printed after taking your photo.  You'll get a temporary document at the end of your transaction and the permanent card will be sent to you in the mail.  This change improves security in the card issuance process.

Where you go:
Kentuckians will visit a Driver Licensing Regional Office to request, renew, or replace a driving or identity credential. You may visit any regional office across the state. Scheduling an appointment is advised. Walk-ins are accepted at most locations until capacity is reached.


How you apply for/renew/replace your card:
Kentuckians can choose to renew an existing card online, by mail or in person at a Driver Licensing Regional Office. Click here to compare the services offered through each renewal option. The process remains the same if you seek a standard credential. Simply present the necessary documentation if applying for the first time or turn in your standard credential when renewing. If you want to apply for a REAL ID driving credential for the first time, you will need to present specific documentation when applying. Learn more at realidky.com​. Kentuckians may request a replacement card through the mail or by visiting a regional office.


How you get your card:
All cards- standard or REAL ID- will not be issued over the counter the same day you visit an office. Applicants will receive a temporary document that will serve as their ID until the permanent card arrives in the mail 10-15 business days later. If the applicant already has a Kentucky ID, it will be given back with a hole punch through the card. This temporary document is recognized by law enforcement and, when shown with the invalidated card, is accepted by the Transportation Security Administration to board a commercial flight within the United States.​
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Kentuckians may visit ANY Driver Licensing Regional Office, regardless of the county where they live.  Walk-in customers are accepted at most locations, but at a limited capacity.  As a reminder, Kentuckians may renew their driving credential up to six months before their card is scheduled to expire.

If your name and address have not changed from what is listed on your current license and you want to maintain the same card version you have, you may renew online. You can also renew by mail and request an address change. To determine which option best fits your needs, click here.​

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The Office of the Circuit Court Clerk has historically issued and renewed licenses and fulfilled court duties in the Judicial branch. HB 453 passed in 2020, transferred licensing responsibilities to the Transportation Cabinet.  This shifts the state from a decentralized issuance model to a centralized model that offers more uniformity and opportunities for modernization in offices solely focused on licensing.

REAL ID Act

In May 2023, standard licenses will no longer meet federal REAL ID Act requirements for Kentuckians to board U.S. domestic flights or enter select federal facilities. New security standards for identity credentials were recommended by the 9/11 Commission to prevent the fraudulent use and reproduction of licenses and IDs.

Frequently Asked Questions from the Department of Homeland Security regarding the REAL ID Act have been made available.

Domestic Air Travel

 TSA Security Screening Checklist​
Adult passengers 18 and over must show valid identification at the airport checkpoint to travel. The Transportation Security Administration has a comprehensive list of requirements for identification for security screening to board domestic flights.

National Driver Register

All states use the National Driver Register to determine if a driver's driving privilege is suspended in any other state before a license is issued. If a driver is suspended in another state, a license will not be issued until that suspension is no longer effective. Kentucky is a member of the Driver License Compact and the Nonresident Violator's Compact.

Out-of-State Permit Holders

  • A valid permit holder from another state must be at least 16 years of age to drive in Kentucky.
  • Must be accompanied by a licensed adult at least 21 years of age.
  • Driving is restricted between 12:00am (midnight) and 6:00am for drivers under age 18.
  • Out-of-State permit holders transferring to Kentucky must transfer their permit and be issued a Kentucky permit before applying for a Kentucky Driver's License.

Requirements for Obtaining a Permit / License

  • An individual must be at least 16 years of age to apply for a permit/license.
  • Before obtaining a permit/license, all new applicants must complete the required written, vision, and skills tests, administered by the Kentucky State Police.
  • If the applicant is under 18, a School Compliance Verification form from the student's school district must be presented. (reference: No Pass/No Drive Law).
  • Under 18, drivers must have a parent or guardian (listed on the birth certificate) present. If the person is not listed on the birth certificate, then court-ordered paperwork is required.
  • New drivers must pass a vision, written, and skills test to be issued a Driver's License. Kentucky State Police oversee all testing.
  • No tests are required for persons transferring to Kentucky with valid driving privileges, except for persons transferring from foreign countries.
  • No testing is required for persons suspended for less than one (1) year.
  • Eye and written tests are required for drivers suspended for more than one (1) year.
  • Any driver suspended or expired for more than five (5) years will start over as a new driver.
  • A digital copy of the KY Driver Manual is available here

 Note: For more information on the steps to advance from a permit to a license, click here

What do I need to apply for a Driver's License?

Kentucky state law requires an application for a Driver's License to contain the following:
  • Applicant's full legal name.
  • Applicant's date of birth.
  • Applicant's Social Security number (SSN).
  • (1) Proof of the applicant's Kentucky residency.
  • For full legal name and date of birth: Birth Certificate.
  • For Social Security number: Social Security card.
  • Foster children are required to bring the Cabinet for Health and Family Services Custody Verification Letter to any Driver Licensing Regional Office.
  • Click here for a list of Valid Proof Documents.
 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).
 Important: Photocopies of items needed for proving identity are not accepted as replacements for the actual items needed.

Requirements for Social Security number and Birth Certificate Verification

  • The name listed on your Driver's License should be your legal name. If not, you will need to take a copy of your birth certificate or a legal bridging document showing your name change to any Driver Licensing Regional Office to correct your Driver's License information.
  • If your Social Security card does not contain your legal name, you will need to go to your local Social Security Administration field office to update your information in the Federal Social Security Administration database before updating your credential.

Requirements for Non-U.S. Citizens

Non-U.S. Citizens can apply for a Kentucky Driver's License by following instructions detailed in our Non-U.S. Citizens area.

Driver's License/ID Card​ Renewal

A Driver's License or ID card may be renewed online, by mail, or by visiting any Driver Licensing Regional office. To compare the options available for a ​license/ID renewal, click here.

  • A Kentucky operator's license is valid for four (4) years or eight (8) years. (Eight-year credentials are only available for new standard licenses and REAL IDs. For pricing, click here.
  • Age 21 and older, the license expires 31 days after the birth date.
  • Underage 21, the license expires 90 days after the 21st birthday.
  • Age 21 and over may renew a valid Driver's License up to six months before the expiration date.
  • No testing is required for persons suspended/expired for less than one (1) year
  • Eye and written tests are required for drivers suspended for more than one (1) year
  • Any driver suspended or expired for more than five (5) years will start over as a new driver.

Impact of SB 124 on Testing Requirements

With the passage of SB 124 on April 8, 2022, Kentucky driver's license holders who have been expired for more than one (1) year but less than five (5) years  will no longer be required to take the written knowledge and vision tests to renew their license.

  • Driver's License Holders: A Kentucky driver who is expired as specified above, can make an appointment at one of the KYTC Driver Licensing Regional Offices or submit a mail-in renewal form.  
  • Commercial Driver's License Holders (CDL holders): A Kentucky CDL holder that has had an expired medical certificate for over 1 year but less than 5 years, will no longer be required to take the written knowledge and vision tests to obtain their commercial license.  Kentucky CDL holders that have been surrendered over 1 year but less than 5 years, will no longer be required to take the written knowledge and vision testing to obtain that license.
  • The New Law Does Not Apply to:
    • Drivers whose driving privileges are SUSPENDED 
    • PERMIT holders of any type (including intermediate) ​
    • ​Drivers TRANSFERRING in from out-of-state
    • Drivers whose commercial status was changed prior to 04/8/22

Out of State Returned Driver License Exemptions

Requests for out-of-state mailing and circumstances which would allow a customer to receive their license at an alternate out-of-state address are listed below. Proof of address is required for all requests. **This list may be updated in the future to support the needs of our applicants.

  • SNOWBIRDS (Temporarily Away): Must show proof of address for locations they reside during the winter months.
  • FEMA (Or other disaster or Government Worker): Must show proof of address for locations they reside during disasters or deployments.
  • COLLEGE STUDENTS: Must show proof of address for locations they reside during the academic year.
  • MEDICAL DOCTORS AND NURSES: Must show proof of address for locations they reside when working out of state.
  • MILITARY PERSONNEL AND DEPENDENTS: Please refer to the Military Personnel section below

 Important: If you haven’t received your credential after 25 business days, please email KYTC.RDLreturns@ky.gov.

Popup Driver Licensing Program​

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is taking driver licensing to the next level by offering modern, secure services and more options to handle your licensing needs than ever before.
  • This traveling service brings all the services offered in Driver Licensing Regional Offices to local communities that don't have a regional office. 

  • Experience all the benefits of a Driver Licensing Regional Office at a Popup Event, like: 
    • ​Upgrade to a REAL ID license 
    • Request an 8-year license if you are due to renew
    • Update your name or address 
    • Renew your CDL  
  • Popup events are only for residents of the county hosting the event. Every county not hosting a KYTC Driver Licensing Regional Office receives at least two Popup visits annually. To find out when your county’s next Popup event is, please email Terry.Sebastian@ky.gov. 
  • Appointments are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and must be made online. Walk-ins are not available to ensure cabinet staff can answer questions or review documents of appointment-holders ahead of their scheduled visits.
  • Skip a trip to a regional office or popup event and renew online or by mail! Most KY credential renewal needs can be done from the comfort of your home. To learn more, click here.
  • Services requiring testing are unavailable at popup events and should be handled at a regional office or through the Kentucky State Police.
  • The following forms of payment will be accepted: debit/credit cards, check, and money orders. The program is not accepting cash payments. A pricing list is available here.

  • ​To visit a Popup Licensing location, click here Schedule Popup Appointment​
  • To see where Popup Licensing is coming next, click here Sign-up For Popup Notifications​

Military Personnel ​

  • Kentucky residents currently serving in the United States military who are stationed or assigned to a base or other location outside the boundaries of the Commonwealth may renew a Class D operator's license by mail utilizing form TC 94-28 (New System Application for Renewal or Duplicate License by Mail [Military Personnel & Military Dependents Only]). Please complete the form and mail it to:
                  Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
                  Department of Driver Licensing
                  200 Mero St. 
​                  Frankfort, KY 40622​

  • If a Kentucky resident has been serving in the United States military and has allowed their operator's license to expire, they shall, within 90 days of returning to the Commonwealth, be permitted to renew their license without having to take a written test or road test.
  • A Kentucky resident serving in the United States military who does not renew their expired license within 90 days of returning to the Commonwealth shall be required to comply with all procedures of renewing a license that has expired.

Out-of-State Drivers Transferring to Kentucky (excluding non-US citizens)

  • Persons moving into Kentucky have 30 days to obtain a Kentucky Driver's License.
  • To obtain a Kentucky Driver's License, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of this country.
  • You must be at least 16 years of age to transfer your driving permit or license to Kentucky.
  • Out-of-State permit holders transferring to Kentucky must transfer their permit and be issued a Kentucky permit before applying for a Kentucky Driver's License.​
  • If under age 18, must present a School Compliance Verification Form signed by the out-of-state school (reference: No Pass/No Drive Law). This form can be obtained from the student's school district of residence.
  • Proof of residency in Kentucky is required. For more information regarding acceptable proof, click here.
  • Your valid out-of-state license and Social Security card (photocopies are not accepted) must be presented. You will also need to provide either a valid passport or Birth Certificate at the time of transfer. If under 18, a passport will not be accepted, only a birth certificate will be accepted. 
  • If your out-of-state license is valid when you transfer to Kentucky, you will not be required to test. However, if the license has been expired for more than one (1) year at the time of transfer, you will be required to take both the written and eye exams before being issued a Kentucky operator's permit or license.
  • If you have lost your out-of-state license, but the license has not been expired for more than one (1) year, you will need to obtain a DHR or Clearance letter from the previous state.​

College Student

A college student may drive on their valid out-of-state license and is not required to transfer that license to Kentucky if:
  • They are a citizen of the United States;
  • They are enrolled as a full-time or part-time student at a university, college, or technical college located in Kentucky; and
  • They must have a student identification card from the university, college, or technical college located in Kentucky in their immediate possession at all times when driving in Kentucky.

Name Change

  • The cost of a duplicate at any Driver Licensing Regional office is $15.00 
  • (1) Proof of a name change is required. (Birth Certificate, Name Change Court Order, Marriage License, Divorce Decree, or other legal documents).
  • Social Security card is not acceptable as proof of name or address change. However, you must provide a new Social Security card with your new name to prove you have updated your name with the Social Security Administration.

Address Change

  • Anytime you move to a new address location, you must apply for a duplicate license within 10 days.
  • Individuals may apply for a duplicate with your updated address listed, by mail or in person at any Driver Licensing Regional office.
  • The cost of a duplicate is $15.00 

To Request a Replacement By Mail:

  • Complete form  TC 94-192- Driver License/ ID Card Renewal
  • Provide one proof of residency postmarked within a year.
  • Submit application, proof of residency document, and payment by mail or dropbox to the address below.

    ​​                  Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

                      Department of Driver Licensing

                      200 Mero St. 

                      Frankfort, KY 40622​

      To schedule an appointment for a change of address at any Driver Licensing Regional office, click here.

      Identification Card ( ID )

      • A birth certificate, Social Security card (photocopies not accepted), and proof of residency are required. Click here for a list of Valid Proof Documents.​
      • A parent/guardian must be present if the applicant is under 18 years old.
      • The cost of a standard Identification Card at any Driver Licensing Regional office is $11.50 
      • An ID card may be renewed online, by mail, or by visiting any Driver Licensing Regional office. To compare the options available for license/ID renewal, click here​
      • The following ID cards will not be eligible to renew online or by mail:
        • Under 21
        • Kids ID
        • Homeless ID
        • Voter ID
        • Non-US citizens
        • Renewals with a name or an address change

      ​Kentucky Child ID Program

      On January 2, 2003, Kentucky implemented a new "Child ID" Program for applicants 2 to 15 years old. This program works closely with the Kentucky State Police "Missing Persons Clearinghouse" and the new Amber Alert System in the event of a missing child.

      To obtain an ID for your child, please visit any Driver Licensing Regional Office. The office will need to verify the child's identity from their birth certificate and Social Security document (photocopies not accepted). The child must be a U.S Citizen or Permanent Resident, just like other applicants for an Identification Card or License. The child's parent or guardian will need to sign the application and answer the U.S. Citizen question for the child. The cost of the card is $6.00, and it will expire in four (4) years.

      The card will be in the "vertical" format since it is issued to someone under 21. One noticeable difference on the Child ID is that the child's address will not appear on the face of the license. While stored in KDLIS, the address does not appear on the card's face to protect the child if the card is lost.

      Free Voter ID card

      Qualifications To Receive A Free Voter ID:

      • Must be eligible to vote
      • Must be registered to vote or register to vote upon issuance
      • Must not possess another state-issued credential from Kentucky or another jurisdiction
      • Must provide an identity document according to KRS (birth certificate, social security card, and proof of residency)

      Lost Driver's License, Permit, or ID Cards

      When drivers physically lose their Driver's License, permit, or identification card, they will need to request a replacement credential by mail, by visiting any Driver Licensing Regional office.

      To Request a Replacement By Mail:​

      ​​                 Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
                       Department of Driver Licensing
                       200 Mero St. 
                       Frankfort, KY 40622​​​

      To schedule an appointment for a replacement credential at any Driver Licensing Regional office, click here.


      Driver's License Reinstatement​

      License Reinstatement Fee

      • A $40.00 reinstatement/re-licensing fee may be required any time your driving privilege is suspended.

      • The fee may be paid at a Driver Licensing Regional Office, by mail, or on​​line. For in-person appointments, offices are limited on ​walk-ins, an appointment is preferred.
      • A certified check or money order must be made payable to the "Kentucky State Treasurer."
      • ​Please refer to your suspension notice from the Division of Driver Licensing to see if a reinstatement fee will be required.

      Pay Reinstatement Fee Online

      To pay a reinstatement fee online, you will need to have the following information about the Driver:

      • Full Name (As it appears on Driver's License.)
      • Driver's License Number (Number can be found on the letter from the Division of Driver Licensing)
      • Date of Birth

      Online payment can be made with one of the following credit cards or debit cards:

      American Express Discover Mastercard VISA

       Visit Kentucky Driver's License Reinstatement System Online

      License Class Type

      Class Code
      Class Description
      A
      CDL, Class A
      B
      CDL, Class B
      C
      CDL, Class C
      D
      Operators, Class D*
      *This class of license includes passenger cars, station wagons, pickup trucks, utility vehicles, and most panel trucks. This type and class of license are valid for any single motor vehicle, and a trailer, with weights not greater than 26,000 pounds, designed to carry less than 16 passengers (including the Driver) and not placarded for the purpose of transporting hazardous materials.
      E
      Moped Only, Class E
      M
      Motorcycle, Class M

      Restriction Codes

      Class Code
      Class Description
      E
      CMV Auto Transmission
      K
      Intrastate Only
      L
      No Airbrakes
      M
      Except for Class A Bus
      N
      Except for Class A and B Bus
      O
      Except for Tractor Trailer
      P
      No Passengers in Bus
      V
      Medical Variance
      W
      Farm Related Services
      X
      No Cargo- Tank
      Z
      No Full Airbrake
      0
      Valid KY Only
      1
      Corrective Lenses
      2
      Power Brakes
      3
      Automatic Transmission
      4
      Daylight Only
      5
      Power Steering
      6
      Hand Accelerator
      7
      Hand Brake
      8
      Other
      9
      Ignition Interlock

      Child Restraint Law

      Kentucky's "child restraint law" requires every child less than 40 inches in height to be secured in a federally approved car seat. This is a primary law.

      Seat Belt Law

      Kentucky has adopted a seat belt law. All persons in the vehicle must be secured in a seat belt. A violation of this law is a "primary offense" and could be fined for each violation in the vehicle.

      Emergency Notice

      In case of emergency contact information for Kentucky drivers

      The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has teamed up with the Kentucky State Police and Department of Criminal Justice Training to launch a new online service that allows state license, permit, and ID holders to designate a preferred contact law enforcement can notify in the event the cardholder is involved in a vehicle crash or emergency situation. The service is free, and citizens can take advantage online or call the Transportation Cabinet at (502) 564-1257.
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