Drivers license

FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – A Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Driver Licensing Regional Office has opened in Pikeville on Wednesday, marking the 30th such facility since legislation was passed by the General Assembly moving the service from circuit court clerks’ offices to the Transportation Cabinet.

The new office, which provides modern, secure licensing and credentialing services to Kentuckians, such as standard and REAL ID licenses as well as non-license IDs, is at 126 Trivette Drive, and is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We continue to expand access to Driver Licensing Regional Offices as one of three ways Kentuckians can now renew a driver’s licenses or state identification card,” said Gov. Andy Beshear in announcing the opening. “Kentuckians have more choices, like opting for a REAL ID version that’s accepted for air travel and military base access, renewing online or by mail, or choosing a card good for eight years instead of four.” 

In addition to Pikeville, KYTC regional offices – the only place where Kentuckians can get a REAL ID – are now operating in Bowling Green, Burlington, Catlettsburg, Columbia, Covington, Danville, Elizabethtown, Frankfort, Henderson, Hopkinsville, Independence, Jackson, Lexington, London, Louisville/Bowman Field, Louisville/Dixie Highway, Louisville/Hurstbourne, Louisville/Nia Center, Madisonville, Manchester, Mayfield, Maysville, Morehead, Owensboro, Paducah, Pineville, Prestonsburg, Richmond and Somerset.

Kentucky residents, regardless of where they live, may visit any regional office in the state, to request, replace or renew a driving credential.

More than 184,000 Kentuckians have skipped a trip to a regional office entirely by renewing online or through the mail – options never before available. 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 list of required documents to bring when applying, visit realidky.com.

For years, circuit court clerks provided driver’s licenses and state ID card services in each county, but legislation was passed to move REAL ID services, as well as other driver license and state ID services, to KYTC. The change will be complete by June 27.