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Pilot phase of new driver’s license rollout starts in Franklin County today

Posted at 4:36 AM, Jun 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-28 17:18:05-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18)- Kentucky’s new driver’s licenses will begin rolling out in Franklin County on Friday, June 28 as part of the pilot phase of issuance in the state.

Franklin County residents are urged to gather required documents before visiting the Circuit Court Clerk office to apply.

“We’re excited to extend testing of the new driver’s license production and issuance system to Franklin County,” said Department of Vehicle Regulation Commissioner Matt Henderson. “By including a small number of offices in a pilot phase, we can closely monitor the entire process and make any needed changes before cards roll out statewide. To make the transition as smooth as possible, we urge residents to do their part by arriving prepared at their local Circuit Court Clerk office when they are due to renew.”  

Driver’s licensing offices in Franklin County were closed Thursday, June 27 to allow for the installation of new equipment.

A timeline for the pilot rollout in Woodford County and Hart County will be announced shortly after the Franklin County rollout.

Applicants requesting the new Voluntary Travel ID, or those applying for a license, permit or personal ID for the first time, must present documentation verifying identity, social security number, and residency.

“Kentucky’s new licenses will be among the most secure in the nation,” said Commissioner Henderson. “From added security features in the card to a more safeguarded process, citizens can be confident in the changes to the credential they rely on most.”­

Current Kentucky licenses, permits and IDs will remain valid until their expiration date. Cardholders should wait to request one of the new card versions until they are within their six-month renewal window. Cardholders whose renewal window does not allow them to renew before the REAL ID enforcement deadline of Oct. 1, 2020, will be allowed to request a new Voluntary Travel ID credential once it is available in their county of residence.

A phased, county-by-county rollout extending to the remaining counties will begin this summer after the pilot period ends.

A list of required documentation and dates for the pilot counties will be posted on the website.