The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced the opening of two more regional driver licensing offices on Thursday, bringing the number to seven that are now open across Kentucky.
The two are in Paducah and Elizabethtown with in-person services limited at this time to the following:
–Replacement of a lost license, permit or identification card.
–Issuance of a license or ID card needed for employment.
–Issuance of a REAL ID or standard license for a new resident replacing a valid out-of-state credential.
–Issuance of REAL ID or standard licenses for new applicants who have successfully completed Kentucky State Police driver testing.
–Renewal of a credential (or issuance of a REAL ID) with expiration dates of March 18 to July 6, 2020, which were automatically extended for 90 days by emergency order.
–Issuance of a REAL ID for any resident.
The same services are currently offered at the five other Transportation Cabinet regional driver licensing offices, located in Madisonville, Frankfort, Lexington, Morehead and Somerset.
“We are offering essential, in-person public services while taking care to do so in a way that protects public health,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “Essential services include issuing, renewing and replacing operator’s licenses and official identification cards for our fellow Kentuckians who depend on them for employment, travel and emergencies.”
Even as the regional offices reopen, the governor encouraged anyone who can renew or replace credentials by mail or drop-off to do so. Those whose licenses, permits or ID cards were lost, expired, or will expire between March 1 and Sept. 30, and do not require testing may apply for renewal or replacement remotely through the circuit court clerk in their county of residence. Check with the clerk’s office as to preferred method, such as drop-off form or mail-in form.
Licenses and permits that expired from March 16 through July 6, were automatically extended 90 days beyond the printed expiration date.
Transportation Secretary Jim Gray says the two new offices expands important customer service. “We are doing so in a way that protects the health and safety of our customers and our employees. That includes social distancing, wearing face masks and having a sanitized workstation for every customer.”
The Regional Driver Licensing Office in Paducah is at 2855 Jackson Street, Suite 7, and open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CDT.
The Elizabethtown regional office is at 1055 North Mulberry Street. It will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT.
Qualifying applicants may make appointments online at drive.ky.gov. A limited number of workstations will be available to serve walk-ins. To avoid gatherings in common waiting areas after checking in, applicants may be asked to wait in their vehicles and will be individually notified when to return to the issuance office to be served.
To maintain the safest possible environment, office employees and customers will adhere to Gov. Beshear’s Healthy at Work standards, which include wearing a mask. Social distancing will be observed. Surfaces will be cleaned and touch pad equipment sanitized after each use.
By Tom Latek, Kentucky Today