FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced on Tuesday the opening of a new Driver License Regional Office in Clay County, to serve that part of southeast Kentucky.
The new office, located at 25 Marcum Hill Road in Manchester, is the state’s 19th such regional facility, and further expands the capacity to serve Kentuckians in obtaining either a REAL ID or standard-issue credentials.
Its operating hours will be Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern time. Appointments can be scheduled here. Walk-in customers will also be accommodated, on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Transportation Cabinet is assuming the issuance of licenses and permits, which in the past had been performed by the Office of Circuit Court Clerk in each county.
That traditional model is being phased out gradually. In its place will be a new, more secure regional model in which licenses, learner permits, and ID cards will be issued by KYTC at Driver Licensing Regional Offices located around the state.
“Over the years our circuit court clerks have done great work to get Kentuckians properly licensed,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “But the times demand a modernized system that offers convenience and choices to the customer, plus greater security for personal information and the credentials themselves. Our Transportation Cabinet Driver Licensing Regional Offices are uniquely equipped for that.”
Forty counties have made the transition to date, with statewide implementation completed by June 30, 2022.
Like the other regional offices, the Manchester location will process applications for both REAL ID, standard licenses, and ID cards. A REAL ID must be applied for in-person at a KYTC regional office with proof of identity, residence and social security. For a guide to documents that will be needed, go to drive.ky.gov| IDocument Guide.
Online renewal is available for Kentuckians who have not had a change of name or address and do not require driver testing, which is conducted by the Kentucky State Police. Likewise, new drivers must have completed KSP testing before applying for a learner permit or license. Testing information is at kentuckystatepolice.org/driver-testing/. Online renewal is at: dlrenewal.ky.gov.
No Kentuckian will be required to obtain a REAL ID to operate a motor vehicle. But for air travel in the United States and admission to military bases and many other federal installations, a REAL ID or another form of federally approved identification will be required beginning May 3, 2023.
KYTC Driver Licensing Regional Offices are currently operating in Bowling Green, Burlington, Catlettsburg, Columbia, Elizabethtown, Frankfort, Jackson, Lexington, Louisville/Bowman Field (appointment only), Louisville/Dixie Highway (appointment only), Louisville/Hurstbourne, Madisonville, Morehead, Owensboro, Paducah, Prestonsburg, Richmond, and Somerset.