County Circuit Clerk to Cease Licensing Services

Published 10:00 am Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Beginning Monday, March 28, 2022, the Office of Circuit Court Clerk in Clark County will no longer serve as the application site to request operator licenses, learner permits, or state identification cards according to a news release from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Instead of visiting the circuit clerk residents will visit need to visit a driver licensing regional office to apply for or renew driver licenses, permits, commercial driver licenses, and ID cards. Regional offices offer all credentials in either a standard or REAL ID card version.

REAL ID versions meet federal requirements for boarding U.S. commercial flights, entering military bases or entering federal buildings that require ID once REAL ID enforcement starts May 3, 2023.

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Kentuckians who require driver testing (primarily first-time cardholders) must successfully do so with the Kentucky State Police before applying at a licensing office.

A Kentucky driver’s license, motorcycle license or combination driver/motorcycle license can be renewed online up to six months before it expires.

There are 21 regional licensing offices located around the commonwealth. The two closest to Winchester and Clark County are in Richmond and Lexington. The Richmond location is at 830 Eastern Bypass and the Lexington location is at 141 Leestown Center Way.

Driver licensing regional offices are open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Payment can be made by debit/credit card, check, cash or money order.

To schedule an appointment online visit www.drive.ky.gov/driver-licensing. Walk in appointments are on a first-come, first-serve basis.