Location will issue standard and REAL ID-compliant licenses, IDs
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 12, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear announced the opening of a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Driver Licensing Regional Office in western Kentucky, adding to the network of offices to provide modern licensing and credentialing services to Kentuckians.
The new office is in Henderson, at 380 Borax Drive, Building 6, and operating hours will be Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern.
“A driver’s licenses or state ID is one of the most valuable items in a wallet, and the expansion of regional offices gives Kentuckians more secure card options to drive, board a flight, or verify your identity,” Gov. Beshear said. “With new versions valid for up to eight years, Kentuckians can go twice as long before they are due to renew.”
The new Henderson office is the 24th KYTC Driver Licensing Regional Office, with at least seven more offices planned to open this summer. Residents from any Kentucky county– regardless of where they live– may visit any regional office to request, replace or renew a driving credential. While Kentucky State Police (KSP) will continue to oversee driver testing, some testing sites are housed inside Driver Licensing Regional Offices. Applicants requiring written or skills testing must schedule an appointment online at assigned locations by visiting kentuckystatepolice.org/driver-testing/.
More than 150,000 Kentuckians have skipped a trip to a regional office entirely by renewing online or through the mail – options never available before. More information on the services offered through each renewal method is available here.
Kentuckians can visit drive.ky.gov to schedule an appointment online. Walk-in customers are offered on a first-come, first-served basis at most locations and guests are encouraged to visit this page to check the status of walk-in services before visiting an office.
First-time REAL ID applicants must visit a KYTC regional office in person, with proof of identity, residence and social security. For a personalized list of required documents to bring when applying, visit realidky.com.
For years, circuit court clerks provided driver’s licenses and state identification card services in each county, but a majority of clerks asked KYTC to take over issuing REAL IDs. Legislation passed in 2020 that transitioned REAL ID services, as well as other driver license and state ID services, to KYTC. The migration of services will be completed by June 30, 2022 and 106 counties have transferred services to date.
“This is next-level driver licensing in Kentucky. This transition has been years in the making, in coordination and cooperation with the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks Association. Circuit court clerks will be able to focus solely on court duties, while at the regional offices, driver licensing is our only business,” KYTC Secretary Jim Gray said.