In-person drivers license services at circuit clerk’s office to cease on Monday

In-person driver licensing services at the Russell County Circuit Clerk’s Office will cease on Monday and transition to Driver Licensing Regional Offices set up by the state.

In-person driver licensing services at the Russell County Circuit Clerk’s Office will cease on Monday, April 26, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. In-person licensing services will be transferred to the KYTC Regional Offices. The two nearest regional offices to Russell County are in Adair and Pulaski counties.

Residents may renew or apply for a REAL ID or new standard card version of driver licenses, permits, commercial driver licenses (CDLs) and ID cards at any Transportation Cabinet Driver Licensing Regional Office. Applicants are encouraged to make an appointment online, which can be done here. Walk-in customers are also welcome.

One temporary exception to the transition remains: Until June 30, 2021, the Office of Circuit Court Clerk in every county but Fayette will continue to process remotely submitted applications for renewal or replacement of standard-issue credentials, provided the card expires by that date and the applicant has not had a change of address or change of name and does not require testing performed by the Kentucky State Police. Get more information here. Remote renewal was a temporary, emergency measure directed by Official Order of Secretary Gray to safeguard public health by limiting person-to-person contact during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kentucky State Police will continue to oversee all permit and license testing. Appointments for written or road testing can be made online at kentuckystatepolice.org/driver-testing. Until further notice, testing will continue in current locations for counties being transitioned off license and permit issuance. Once testing is successfully completed, customers will visit a KYTC Driver Licensing Regional Office to apply for the permit or license.

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