Trigg County is among seven Kentucky counties that are making the transition this month to a new, secure driver-licensing model, administered by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet that gives Kentuckians more choices and modern services.

A press release from the transportation cabinet notes that 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 cabinet Driver Licensing Regional Offices located across the state.

Twenty regional offices have been opened statewide to date, with more to come. Officials said the transportation cabinet and Kentucky’s circuit court clerks are working together to smoothly complete the transition statewide by June 30.

“It’s a new era of driver licensing in Kentucky,” Gov. Andy Beshear said. “We are using technology to offer more service options than ever before, such as online appointment scheduling, online license renewal and mail-in renewal.”

“After many years of issuing driver licenses, circuit court clerks will be able to focus solely on court business, and driver licensing will be executed at new regional offices whose only business is licensing,” the governor continued.

The circuit clerk’s office in Trigg County will cease licensing services and refer customers to the Driver Licensing Regional Offices as of Jan. 27.

Other counties making the transition this month include Breckinridge, Jefferson, Logan, Meade, Todd and Trimble counties. Officials said 87 counties will have made the transition by the end of January.

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.

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 of the cabinet’s Driver Licensing Regional Offices.

Applicants are encouraged to make an appointment online, which can be done at drive.ky.gov | Regional Offices Map. Walk-in customers are welcome on a first-come, first-serve basis until available slots are filled.

The cabinet’s regional offices are the only places where Kentucky residents can get a REAL ID, and they are currently operating in Bowling Green, Burlington, Catlettsburg, Columbia, Elizabethtown, Frankfort, 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.

Officials said 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 kentuckystatepolice.org/driver-testing/.

The state will continue to offer 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.

Visit transportation.ky.gov/PublicAffairs/Documents/ to see a map of regional office locations and counties that have transferred services to the cabinet KYTC. Visit kentuckystatepolice.org/driver-testing/ to see a map of KSP driver testing locations.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or tgrace@kentuckynewera.com.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or tgrace@kentuckynewera.com.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or tgrace@kentuckynewera.com.

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