Changes to Driver’s License Renewal Announced for Kentuckians

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Changes to Driver’s License Renewal Announced for Kentuckians

By June 30, 2022, Kentucky residents will no longer be able to renew or obtain a driver’s license from their local circuit court clerk’s office. Instead, Kentuckians will be required to either renew online or go in-person to a regional Kentucky Transportation Cabinet office.

Of 18 regional Kentucky Transportation Cabinet offices in the state, the ones in or near Southcentral Kentucky are Bowling Green, Owensboro, Madisonville, and Elizabethtown. Drivers can obtain their license at any of these offices, regardless of which county their home is in.

Many counties have already undergone this change, and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has cited the requirements of Real ID enforcement as the primary reason for the switch. A Real ID is a federally accepted form of identification that gives you all the privileges of a driver’s license but with the added benefit of accessing additional facilities because they are considered more secure forms of identification.

While a person does not have to own a Real ID to drive, as of May 2, 2023, you will need either a Real ID or a passport to board domestic airline flights or gain access to military bases.

As these changes are rolled out across the state over the next several months, you may have questions about how to renew online or concerns about getting internet access to do so. You can find your closest regional transportation office by clicking here.

Have questions? Contact us to see if we can help!

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Whitney Kinslow

Raised just down the road in Scottsville, Kentucky Whitney Kinslow now calls Bowling Green home. She is a self-proclaimed food and travel junkie, having traveled to 6 countries in the last 8 years. When she isn’t coordinating Crocker Law Firm’s next event, she and her husband, Sam can often be found exploring their own town, forever finding new “favorite” places and spaces.


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