Kenton County driver licensing transferring to new state office in Independence

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This image provided by KYTC shows that Boone and Kenton counties have made the transition to regional offices while Campbell Co. awaits transition.

The Kenton County Circuit Court Clerk’s office will cease driver’s licensing services on Thursday, and a new Driver Licensing Regional Office will open in Independence on Monday. A regional office opened in Covington in April at the Kenton County Government Building (1840 Simon Kenton Way).

In an announcement, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said that the regional driver licensing model gives residents more choices and modern services.

The Independence location is at 1655 Delaware Crossing.

“A driver’s license 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, verify identity and eventually to fly,” Gov. Andy Beshear said in a news release. “With new versions valid for up to eight years, Kentuckians can go twice as long before they are due to renew.” 

The traditional issuance system of licenses and permits initiated at the Office of Circuit Court Clerk in each county is being phased out. It is being replaced by a network of KYTC Driver Licensing Regional Offices located across the state. The Independence Office will be the 26th office to open, with plans to open five more offices statewide this summer, the transportation cabinet said.

The Independence and Covington regional offices are temporary spaces with plans to move to permanent locations within the cities in the future.

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.

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Applicants requiring written or skills testing must schedule an appointment online at assigned locations by visiting DRIVER TESTING – kentuckystatepolice.org.

Renewal can also be done online or through the mail with more information available here.

Visit drive.ky.gov | Welcome to schedule an appointment online. Walk-in customers are offered on a first-come, first-served basis at most locations.

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 drive.ky.gov | Real ID.

Kentucky will continue offering the option of a standard driver’s license, but a REAL ID or other form of federally approved identification, such as a passport or Department of Defense-issued military ID, eventually will be needed by people 18 and older for boarding commercial flights and accessing military bases and federal buildings that currently require identification. Enforcement is scheduled to begin May 3, 2023.