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Driver’s Licensing Services

How to obtain new credentials and renewals/replacements from the Offices of Circuit Court Clerk

Driver's Licensing By County

To see if your local circuit court clerk's office is offering online scheduling to visit the office for a driver's license, permit or ID, please see the list at the bottom of this page.

Circuit Court Clerks issuing licenses remotely

The Administrative Office of the Courts announced July 2, 2020, that circuit court clerks statewide may continue providing certain driver’s licenses services remotely, pursuant to Kentucky Transportation Cabinet official order 112228. The remote renewal process to request a credential has been extended through Sept. 30, 2020. In addition, official order 112223 ends the 90-day expiration date extension on July 7. Driver’s license services were suspended March 18, 2020, when Gov. Andy Beshear closed in-person government services due to the pandemic and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Jim Gray issued an official order giving citizens a 90-day extension to maintain the validity of licenses that expired during office closures. Driver’s license services resumed June 1 under the Judicial Branch’s safety requirements for reopening the courts.

These FAQs describe the process:

What do I do if my driver’s license, permit or ID card expires on or after July 7, 2020?

Driver’s licenses, permits and IDs that expire on or after July 7, 2020, will no longer receive a 90-day renewal date extension and must be renewed to be considered valid. Cardholders must use the remote application process (see below) provided by the Office of Circuit Court Clerk in the county in which they reside.

What do I do if my driver’s license, permit or ID card will expire or was lost from March 18-July 6, 2020?

Driver’s licenses, permits and IDs that expired or were lost from March 18-July 6, 2020, are still under the March emergency order that automatically provides a 90-day extension to the card’s printed expiration date. That means that cardholders have 90 days from the date of expiration to renew or replace their credential. Cardholders must use the remote application process (see below) provided by the Office of Circuit Court Clerk in the county in which they reside.

What do I do if my driver’s license, permit or ID card expired or was lost between March 1-Sept. 30, 2020?

Cardholders whose operator’s license, permit or identification card has expired, will expire, was lost or stolen from March 1-Sept. 30, 2020, must apply through the remote application process (see below) provided by the Office of Circuit Court Clerk in the county in which they reside.

Remote Application Process

To apply remotely, you must submit your application and payment by mail or drop box to the Office of Circuit Court Clerk in the county where you reside. You can find address information for all 120 circuit court clerks here. Due to the current backlog, it could take seven to 10 more business days to receive your credential by mail once your application has been processed.

Forms. If you reside in any county other than Fayette, Franklin or Woodford, complete Form TC 94-191. If you reside in Fayette, Franklin or Woodford counties, complete Form TC 94-192.

Photo. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will make your existing photo available to the circuit court clerk so you will not need to submit a new photo.

Payment by Mail. You can mail your application with payment to your Office of Circuit Court Clerk (addresses here). You can pay with a check, money order or debit/credit cards. A small processing fee will be applied to debit/credit card payments. Make checks and money orders payable to your local Office of Circuit Court Clerk.

Payment by Dropbox. You can place your application with payment in a secure drop box at the entrance of the judicial center where the Office of Circuit court Clerk in your county is located (addresses here). You can pay with cash, check, money order or debit/credit cards. A small processing fee will be applied to debit/credit card payments. Make checks and money orders payable to your local Office of Circuit Court Clerk.

What if I need a new driver’s license or permit for the first-time?

If you need a new driver’s license, you must apply for a new credential in-person at the Office of Circuit Court Clerk in the county where you reside. You’re encouraged to make an appointment by calling the Office of Circuit Court Clerk. In addition, some circuit court clerks are providing an online scheduling tool. You can find address information for all 120 circuit court clerks here. You can also obtain a new license through the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Regional Driver Licensing Offices in Frankfort, Lexington, Madisonville and Morehead. You can learn more about the services offered and to schedule an appointment here.

*Note on Fayette County. The Fayette County Office of Circuit Court Clerk has closed all its driver’s license offices and will only process renewal or replacement applications (see above for who is eligible for remote application) through July 31, 2020.

How can I renew or obtain a new commercial driver’s license?

Starting June 1, commercial driver’s licenses will be issued in-person by the Offices of Circuit Court Clerk. You’re encouraged to make an appointment by calling or emailing the Office of Circuit Court Clerk. In addition, some circuit court clerks are providing an online scheduling tool. You can find address/email information for all 120 circuit court clerks here. You can also obtain a CDL through the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Regional Driver Licensing Offices in Frankfort, Lexington, Madisonville and Morehead. You can learn more about the services offered and to schedule an appointment here.

When can I take a written permit test or a road test?

The Kentucky State Police administers the permit test and road test. The KSP controls these services and you can visit the KSP website for updates here.

How do I obtain a REAL ID?

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet issues REAL IDs and the federal enforcement date of the REAL ID Act is now Oct. 1, 2021. Regional driver licensing offices are open in Frankfort, Lexington, Madisonville and Morehead with limited services. You can learn more about the services offered and to schedule an appointment here.

Driver’s Licensing by County

To make an appointment for driver’s license services that require you to appear in-person, click on the link under your county.

Barren

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Bell

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Bullitt

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Calloway

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Campbell

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Carlisle

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Carroll

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Casey

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Estill

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Hardin

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Harlan

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Henry

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Hopkins

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Jessamine

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Kenton

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Knox

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LaRue

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Lawrence

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Logan

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Madison

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Magoffin

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Meade

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Mercer

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Muhlenberg

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Ohio

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Oldham

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Pendleton

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Pike

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Powell

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Scott

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Shelby

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Simpson

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Taylor

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Trimble

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Forms

Form TC 94-191 Complete if you reside in any county other than Fayette, Franklin or Woodford.

Form TC 94-192 Complete if you reside in Fayette, Franklin or Woodford.

Directory of Circuit Court Clerks

Offices of Circuit Court Clerk provide driver’s license services in all 120 counties for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. For a directory of circuit court clerks by county, click here.

Resources

Permit and Road Test Information