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Kentucky Transportation Cabinet COVID-19 In-Person Closure Information

To protect the health and safety of Kentuckians, the following Kentucky Transportation Cabinet offices are closed to the public ​until further notice:

  • Transportation Cabinet Office Building, including One Stop Shop and Conference Center facilities at 200 Mero St. in Frankfort
    • The REAL ID Regional Driver Licensing Offices in the Transportation Cabinet Office Building at 200 Mero St. in Frankfort, at 126 Bradley Ave. in Morehead and at 56 Federal Place in Madisonville are OPEN BY APPOINTMENT (see details under Driver's Licensing Services below)
  • REAL ID Regional Driver Licensing Offices in Somerset and Paducah and driver licensing field/satellite offices
    • The REAL ID Regional Driver Licensing Office in the Transportation Cabinet Office Building at 200 Mero St. in Frankfort is OPEN BY APPOINTMENT (see details under Driver's Licensing Services below)
    • The REAL ID Regional Driver Licensing Office at 126 Bradley Ave. in Morehead is OPEN BY APPOINTMENT (see details under Driver's Licensing Services below)
    • The REAL ID Regional Driver Licensing Office at 56 Federal Place in Madisonville is OPEN BY APPOINTMENT (see details under Driver's Licensing Services below)
    • The REAL ID Regional Driver Licensing Office at 141 Leestown Center Way, Suite 125 in Lexington is OPEN BY APPOINTMENT (see details under Driver's Licensing Services below)
    • Kentuckians with a standard driver's license, permit or ID card that has expired, was lost or was stolen between March 1 and June 30, 2020 can request renewals and replacements by mail through the Circuit Court Clerk in their county of residence (see details under Driver's Licensing Services below)
    • REAL ID Regional Driver's License Offices and driver licensing field/satellite offices in Bowling Green, Louisville, Owensboro, Paducah and Somerset remain closed to the public.
  • All 12 Department of Highways District Offices and Section Offices
  • Administrative Offices at the Capital City Airport (Capital City Airport's runway, terminal and hangars remain open)
  • KYTC Maintenance Facilities in all 120 counties
  • KYTC Materials Labs
  • KYTC Equipment Warehouses and Storage Facilities

The following persons may enter but are subject to social distancing:
  • Government officials and employees
  • Delivery services
  • Building maintenance service contractors

No roads or bridges have been closed as a result of COVID-19.

Kentucky's rest areas and Welcome Centers will REMAIN OPEN at this time.

Janitorial staff at rest areas are working hard to keep these facilities clean and sanitary but Welcome Centers will not be staffed by travel consultants. Rest areas are an important safe haven for road-weary drivers to have access to parking lots and facilities.

If you need to travel, you can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by:

  • Frequently washing your hands with soap and water
  • Covering your coughs and sneezes.
  • Avoiding close contact with others.
  • Staying home if you feel sick.

For the latest info about COVID-19 in Kentucky, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

Driver's Licensing Services

Beginning July 7, 2020, Kentucky driver’s licenses, permits and IDs that expire on or after July 7, 2020 will no longer receive a 90-day renewal date extension and cardholders will be responsible for renewing their credential with their local circuit court clerk office in order for it to be considered valid. Cards with an expiration date between March 18 and July 6, 2020 are still under the March emergency order that automatically provides a 90-day extension to the card’s printed expiration date.

During the period March 1, 2020 through September 30, 2020, any individual whose operator’s license, permit or identification card has expired, will expire, was lost or stolen may apply through a remote application process with the circuit court clerk in his/her county of residence based on each clerk’s preferred method (i.e. mail form, drop-off form). The applicant must not require any testing when requesting a card renewal or replacement. More information about the application process is available on the Administrative Office of the Courts website.

The REAL ID Regional Driver Licensing Offices in the Transportation Cabinet Office Building at 200 Mero St. in Frankfort, at 126 Bradley Ave. in Morehead, at 56 Federal Place and at 141 Leestown Center Way, Suite 125 in Lexington have begun accepting appointments for in-person service for residents who meet one of the following criteria for in-person service:
  • Replacement of a lost license, permit or identification card
  • License or ID card needed for employment or emergency
  • New resident replacing a valid out-of-state credential
  • New applicant who has successfully completed Kentucky State Police driver testing
  • 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
The Frankfort REAL ID Regional Driver Licensing Office is located at 200 Mero St., Frankfort, KY 40601, Morehead REAL ID Regional Driver Licensing Office is located at 126 Bradley Ave. in Morehead, KY 40351, the Madisonville REAL ID Regional Driver Licensing Office is located at 56 Federal Place in Madisonville, KY 42431 and the Lexington REAL ID Regional Driver Licensing Office is located at 141 Leestown Center Way, Suite 125 in Lexington.

Offices are open for appointments Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT. Qualifying applicants may make appointments at https://drive.ky.gov/confidentKY/Pages/Schedule.aspx to request either a standard or REAL ID credential or walk-in during office hours.

Dates for other office openings have not been announced. Visit realidky.com and follow @realidky on Twitter or Facebook for updates about future office openings.

The Transportation Cabinet has made provisions to ensure regulatory compliance for citizens with time-sensitive renewal needs while REAL ID offices, regional field/satellite offices, and Circuit Court Clerk offices are closed to the public. Thanks to an emergency order issued by Secretary Jim Gray, Kentuckians with an operator or commercial driver's license, permit or identification card that expires while licensing offices are closed will be granted a 90-calendar day extension beyond their printed expiration date, and any delinquent renewal fees will be waived. The Cabinet will notify Kentucky law enforcement agencies of these extensions and the Transportation Security Administration will accept expired licenses that fall within this extension period to pass through airport security checkpoints.

Motor Vehicle Services
The grace period for all vehicle and vessel registrations or disabled parking placards administered by 
county clerks or the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will continue with no penalties charged through
close of business on October 6, 2020. If a vehicle or vessel owner with expired registration does not
renew by this date, they will be subject to late fees.

As a reminder, Kentuckians may renew registrations for vehicles, trailers and campers online at
drive.ky.gov or by mail. Boats may be renewed in-person at county clerk offices or through the mail.
Disabled parking placards must be renewed in-person.

County clerk offices serve as the application and issuance site for motor vehicle services.
Kentuckians are encouraged to contact their local county clerk to learn when each office will resume
in-person service. Visit this website to find your local county clerk office to confirm hours of operation.

On Monday, May 18, 2020, the Rebuilt Section of the One Stop Shop in Frankfort will remain closed to in-person transactions.
  • The Rebuilt Section of the One Stop Shop in Frankfort will continue to receive rebuilt application packets that are mailed-in, emailed, and dropped-off.
  • There is a dropbox is in the entryway of the Transportation Cabinet Building where rebuilt packets can be dropped.
Contact your local County Clerk Office before making a trip to confirm if they are open or closed to the public. Several vehicle services can be performed online including:
  • Vehicle registration renewals
  • Personalized license plate applications
  • Motor carrier permit and tax services
  • Title/register/renew a vehicle or vessel

A full list of online services is available on drive.ky.gov.  

Secretary Gray's emergency order provides a 90-calendar day extension and late renewal fee waiver for the following items if the expiration date has passed or were to pass during office closures:

  • Vehicle/vessel registration certificates
  • Vehicle license plates
  • Vehicle tag certificates
  • Handicap parking permits
  • Lien filings

The emergency order can be found online at drive.ky.gov.

RiverLink In-Person Customer Service Centers

Kentuckians can open or manage their RiverLink tolling account anytime at Riverlink.com while customer service centers in Kentucky and Indiana are closed. Tolls owed can be paid online, by phone or by mail. To further assist drivers who use in-person customer service centers, additional fees will not be added to new or existing invoices until the centers have resumed operations.

I-69 ORX and Mountain Parkway Project Offices

For information about the I-69 Ohio River Crossing, visit i69ohiorivercrossing.com. For information about the Mountain Parkway Project, visit mtnparkway.com.

Adopt-a-Highway SUMMER SCRUB 2020

To protect the health and safety of Kentuckians, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has CANCELED Adopt-a-Highway's 2020 SUMMER SCRUB. For more information about Kentucky's Adopt-a-Highway program please visit https://transportation.ky.gov/AdoptaHighway/Pages/default.aspx.


For a list of cumulative actions taken by Governor Beshear, visit  https://governor.ky.gov/covid19

 

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