Gov. Beshear announces new regional driver licensing in Lexington

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Gov. Andy Beshear has announced the opening of a new Regional Driver Licensing Office in Lexington to further expand access to REAL ID-compliant licenses and identification cards for Kentucky residents.

The news release issued Tuesday says the office is the latest in a network of regional offices operated by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC).

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Unlike other KYTC regional driver licensing offices that operate alongside local Circuit Court Clerk offices, the Lexington office will serve as the only in-person driver licensing application site in Fayette County.

In addition to those seeking REAL IDs, all Fayette County residents who need standard drivers licenses, permits and ID cards, or renewals, will apply at the new regional office moving forward.

According to KYTC, the opening of the Lexington office is a giant step in the reopening plan to safely restore access to government operations that serve Kentuckians.

Located in the second-most populated city, the gradual expansion of services at this new office will address the most in demand needs for Kentuckians who rely on these trusted credentials for travel and business needs.

Services at KYTCs Lexington office will be limited at first. Residents can obtain the following:

• Replacement of a lost license, permit or identification card;
• License or personal ID card needed for employment;
• New resident replacing a valid out-of-state credential;
• License for new applicant who has successfully completed Kentucky State Police driver testing; and
• Renewal of a credential that expired before March 18, 2020, when license and permit expiration dates were automatically extended for 90 days by emergency order.
• Cardholders whose licenses expire in the month of July 2020.

The two Fayette Circuit Court Clerks driver licensing offices in Lexington, located on Keithshire Boulevard and Winchester Road, have closed. They served as the former issuance locations for all standard drivers licenses and ID requests by Fayette County residents.

According to KYTC, the Fayette County Circuit Court Clerk office is still accepting license renewals requests by mail through July 31, 2020 to those who qualify.

Over the next two years, drivers license and personal ID issuance across Kentucky will gradually shift from circuit court clerks offices as the issuance sites to KYTC regional driver licensing offices as a result of House Bill 453 passed during the 2020 Kentucky General Assembly.

The new KYTC office is located at 141 Leestown Center Way, Suite 125. There is easy access on and off New Circle Road and free parking.

The office will be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. (except Friday, July 3 in observance of Independence Day). Customers are encouraged to make an appointment, which can be done online. Walk-in customers also will be served.

“We pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service and look forward to serving the people of central Kentucky,” KYTC Secretary Jim Gray said. “It also is important that we expand access to REAL ID-compliant licenses and ID cards in advance of the federal deadline that will make them a near necessity for air travel and access to federal installations.”

While Kentucky will continue offering the option of a standard drivers license, a form of REAL ID will be needed as of Oct. 1, 2021, for passing through airport security and boarding a U.S. commercial flight, visiting a military base or accessing a federal building or facility that requires verified identification. More information is available HERE.

To maintain the safest possible environment, employees of the office will adhere to Gov. Beshears Healthy at Work standards, which include wearing a mask, and customers will be asked to do the same. Social distancing will be observed. Surfaces will be cleaned and touch pad equipment sanitized after each use.

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Erica joins the ABC 36 family as a Co-Anchor of Good Morning Kentucky weekday mornings from 5am-7am with Cody Adams and Good Day Kentucky weekday mornings from 9am to 10am. Erica also anchors News at Midday from 12-12:30pm. She is also a Web and Social Media Content Producer. Erica graduated in three and a half years from Michigan State University with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism and specialization in Women, Gender and Social Justice. Although she hails from Michigan, Erica has worked as a News Reporter/Sports Anchor for the CBS-affiliate in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Prior to that, she worked for a PBS-affiliate there covering all types of news – even providing live reports for The Weather Channel during her first hurricane. She then moved to Lake Charles, Louisiana and worked as the Weekend Anchor/Reporter at KPLC, the NBC/FOX/CW affiliate. Erica comes to Lexington from the Huntington area where she worked at WSAZ, an NBC/CW affiliate in West Virginia, as a weekday evening anchor covering the tri states of Ohio and Kentucky as well. In addition to her background on TV, Erica has worked in radio, served as the PA announcer for the Class A "Lansing Lugnuts" and hosted Carnival parades in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Some of her favorite hobbies include running, reading, hiking, spending time with her husband and taking pictures of their furbabies. Erica is big on community involvement, having served as a board member for Dress for Success, volunteered as a Big with Big Brothers Big Sisters, worked on the Mayor's Armed Forces Commission in Lake Charles and hosted countless events. She hopes you can connect with her on Facebook: EricaBivensTV and on Twitter: @ericabivens or Instagram: erica.bivens. You can also email her at ebivens@wtvq.com. Please send all event inquiries via email. Erica is excited to explore Lexington and the outdoors and - of course - meet all of you!