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Got an expired or lost Kentucky driver's license? You can apply for a new one through the mail

Posted at 3:52 PM, May 29, 2020

If your driver's license, permit, or ID card expired between March 1 and June 30, you can get a new one through the mail.

Circuit court clerks statewide may resume limited driver’s license services starting June 1. People can renew or reissue a driver's license through a remote application process. If your driver's license, permit, or ID card expired before March 1, you must obtain new credentials, which will be issued through an in-person visit to an Office of Circuit Court Clerk.

Driver’s license services were suspended March 18 when Gov. Andy Beshear closed in-person government services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Jim Gray issued an official order giving citizens a 90-day extension to maintain the validity of licenses that expired during office closures.

"Under this plan, circuit court clerks can resume a much-needed service while following the Judicial Branch's safety requirements for reopening the courts," said Greg Helton, circuit court clerk for Knox County and president of the Kentucky Association of Circuit Court Clerks. "We've accumulated a backlog of tens of thousands of renewals and replacements since driver's license offices closed in March for social distancing. Public safety is our priority and we can eliminate a tremendous amount of foot traffic in our judicial centers by providing this service remotely."

To apply, you must complete this form if you reside in any county other than Fayette, Franklin or Woodford and this form if you reside in Fayette, Franklin or Woodford counties. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will make your existing photo available to the circuit court clerk so you will not need to submit a new photo.

You must submit your application and payment by email, mail or drop box to the Office of Circuit Court Clerk in the county where you live. You can find address/email information for all 120 circuit court clerks here. You can also place your application with payment in a secure drop box at the entrance of the judicial center or courthouse.

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