Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) operated Driver Licensing Regional Offices will become the new home for driver licensing services for Jackson County residents. Beginning Monday, Aug. 23. 2021, the Office of Circuit Court Clerk in Jackson County will no longer serve as the application site to request operator licenses, learner permits, or state identification cards. The new regional model is to be phased statewide by June 30, 2022.
Across the Commonwealth, driver licensing services offered by circuit court clerks in the Judicial Branch will gradually transfer to KYTC’s new network of Driver Licensing Regional Offices. Instead of visiting the Office of Circuit Court Clerk, residents will visit ANY Driver Licensing Regional Office to apply for or renew driver licenses, permits, commercial driver licenses (CDLs), and ID cards. Regional offices offer all credentials in either a standard or REAL ID card version. REAL ID versions meet federal requirements to board U.S. commercial flights, enter military bases or enter federal buildings that require ID once REAL ID enforcement starts May 3, 2023. To schedule an appointment at a regional office, visit drive.ky.gov. Walk-in customers are also welcome.
KYTC Driver Licensing Regional Offices are open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Only debit and credit cards are accepted at this time (except for the Frankfort office that accepts cash and checks).
Driver Licensing Regional Offices are located in: Bowling Green, Burlington, Catlettsburg, Columbia, Elizabethtown, Frankfort, Jackson, Lexington, Louisville/Bowman Field (appointment only), Louisville/Dixie Highway, Louisville/Hurstbourne, Madisonville, Morehead, Owensboro, Paducah, Prestonsburg, Richmond and Somerset. More offices are planned to open.
A list of counties also scheduled to transfer licensing to regional offices in August, as well as counties that have already transferred services can be found here.
Kentuckians who require driver testing (primarily first-time cardholders) must successfully do so with the Kentucky State Police before applying at a licensing office.
Kentucky driver's license, motorcycle license or combination driver/motorcycle license can be renewed online up to six months before it expires. To learn more, visit DLrenewal.ky.gov.
A list of frequently asked questions can be found here.