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REAL ID (Ky. Voluntary Travel ID) Update

From the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet:

Kentucky is creating REAL ID regional driver’s license offices across the state to make new REAL ID-compliant driving and identity credentials available to Kentuckians who prefer to use them for travel and access benefits. Other federally approved documents, such as a valid passport or passport card, are accepted for U.S. air travel.

Residents from all 120 counties are welcome to apply for a REAL ID license, permit or identification card at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) in Frankfort (200 Mero St., 40601).

REAL ID regional driver’s license offices are open in the following counties (click HERE) and are currently equipped to best serve residents of the county where the office is based. The capacity will expand this spring to serve the region, and more offices will open across the state before the October enforcement date.

The most important thing you can do to save time and avoid repeat trips when applying is to get prepared. To learn what required documents you need to update and gather now, take the IDocument Guide quiz or review a list of acceptable documents.

For more information, visit drive.ky.gov/confidentky or

click HERE.

Welcome to DriveJefferson.com — your one-stop source for information about obtaining a Kentucky driver’s license or identification card in Jefferson County, Ky.

Kentucky driver’s licenses and IDs are processed by the Office of the Circuit Court Clerk under guidelines established by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and in partnership with the Kentucky State Police, which handles driver’s written and road testing.

There are six convenient driver’s license branches in Jefferson County:

  • Downtown
  • West Louisville
  • Southwest
  • Outer Loop-Highview
  • Middletown
  • Bowman Field

For Locations & Hours, CLICK HERE

Payment information for all six driver’s license branches:

  • Cash
  • Credit card (There is a third-party convenience fee for using a credit card.)
  • Debit card (There is a third-party convenience fee for using a debit card.)
  • Check (Cashier’s checks and money orders are accepted. Personal checks are NOT accepted.)
  • There is an ATM at all locations, excluding the Middletown and Outer Loop branches. (In addition, there is a bank service/convenience fee.)

What you can do at all six driver’s license branches:

  • Renew an operator’s/driver’s license ($20)
  • Renew an operator’s/motorcycle license ($30)
  • Renew a driver’s permit ($12)
  • Renew a commercial driver’s license (Fee varies.)
  • Get an ID card (Adult: $12, Child ages 2-14: $4)
  • Get a duplicate driver’s or commercial driver’s license ($12) (Commercial license price varies.)
  • Transfer a license to Kentucky if you’re moving from another state and your license is still valid ($20 — operator only) Learn more here
  • Pay a traffic citation. (There is a third-party convenience fee for using a credit/debit card. Traffic citations must be processed three (3) business days before the scheduled court date. The Downtown Branch does not process traffic citations.)