Darren Doyle, story:
The Administrative Office of the Courts announced on Friday that circuit court clerks statewide may resume limited driver’s license services pursuant to Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Order 112204, which includes the local office of Edmonson County Circuit Court Clerk Tanya Hodges.
The changes start June 1, 2020, and provide the following:
Driver’s license services were suspended March 18 when Gov. Andy Beshear closed in-person government services due to the pandemic and 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.
"Citizens who have a lost or stolen drivers license/ID or ones that expired between March 1, 2020 and June 30, 2020 and do not require additional testing can access a form online at drive.ky.gov --fill it out, mail to me with money and I will print and mail license/ID to them," said Clerk Hodges. "I will also be taking appointments for all other drivers license/IDs for Mondays and Thursdays. People can schedule appointments beginning Monday, June 1 and call anytime to make appointments. The first actual appointment will be on June 8, the second day of appointments June 11 and so on."
Hodges said the reasoning behind appointments are currently allowed on certain days only is to follow the Ky Supreme Court guidelines.
"My office is so small that only two people can be at my counter at once to be in compliance. The entrance to the courtroom is also parallel to the entrance to my office so people aren't allowed to stop in for license on court dates and remain in compliance."
Hodges also added that many county residents don't realize the circuit clerk's office is a state office and must follow the orders of the Ky Supreme Court. Often times the local office may not be able to operate like other local county offices.
You can call the Edmonson County Circuit Clerk's Office at 270-597-2584. Other helpful tips are published below:
What do I do if my driver’s license, permit or ID card expired or was lost between March 1-June 30, 2020?
If your driver’s license, permit or ID card expired or was lost between March 1-June 30, you must apply for renewed or reissued credentials through a remote application process.
1. To apply, you must complete Form TC 94-191 if you reside in any county other than Fayette, Franklin or Woodford and Form TC 94-192 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.
2. 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 reside. 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.
You can pay with a check or money order by mail. You can pay by cash, check or money order through the secure drop box. If you choose to pay with a debit/credit card, the Office of Circuit Court Clerk will call you to take your payment information over the phone. There will be a small processing fee when paying with a debit/credit card.
It will take five to seven days to receive your credential by mail once your application has been processed.
What if my driver’s license, permit or ID card expired or was lost before March 1, 2020?
If your driver’s license, permit or ID card expired or was lost before March 1, you must apply for a new credential in-person at the Office of Circuit Court Clerk in the county where you reside. You’re encouraged to make an appointment by calling or emailing the Office of Circuit Court Clerk. In addition, some circuit court clerks are providing an online scheduling tool. You can find address/email information for all 120 circuit court clerks here. You can also obtain new credentials through the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s regional office in Frankfort. You can make an appointment with KYTC by visiting its website.
How can I renew or obtain a new commercial driver’s license?
Starting June 1, commercial driver’s licenses will be issued in-person by the Offices of Circuit Court Clerk. You’re encouraged to make an appointment by calling or emailing the Office of Circuit Court Clerk. In addition, some circuit court clerks are providing an online scheduling tool. You can find address/email information for all 120 circuit court clerks here. You can also obtain a CDL through the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s regional office in Frankfort.
When can I take a written permit test or a road test?
The Kentucky State Police administers the permit test and road test. The KSP controls these services and you can visit the KSP website for updates here.
How do I obtain a REAL ID?
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet issues REAL IDs and the federal enforcement date of the REAL ID Act is now Oct. 1, 2021. The regional driver licensing office in Frankfort has reopened with limited services. You can visit this schedule page to learn more about the services offered there.
Directory of Circuit Court Clerks
Offices of Circuit Court Clerk provide driver’s license services in all 120 counties for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. For a directory of circuit court clerks by county, click here.
About Circuit Court Clerks
Circuit court clerks are responsible for managing the records of Kentucky’s Circuit and District courts. Circuit clerks are constitutionally elected officials from all 120 counties and serve a six-year term. They provide professional recordkeeping, receive money due the courts, pay money to required parties and to the state, record legal documents, provide legal documents and other legal materials, maintain the jury system, administer oaths, handle affidavits, and issue driver licenses and non-driver ID cards.
About the Administrative Office of the Courts
The Administrative Office of the Courts in Frankfort is the operations arm of the state court system. The AOC supports the activities of nearly 3,400 court system employees and 406 elected justices, judges and circuit court clerks. As the fiscal agent for the court system, the AOC executes the Judicial Branch budget.