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Ky. makes mail-in license, ID renewal program permanent

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Santeri Viinamäki
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Kentucky motorists have expanded license renewal options. The state launched a permanent mail-in program Friday.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is in charge of the mail-in program. The resource was made available for a short time last year as part of state efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

“The mail-in program builds upon the successful summer launch of Kentucky’s first online driver’s license renewal service,” Gov. Andy Beshear said in a press release.

He said the online and mail-in services aim to help most users renew their licenses without having to visit an office in person.

The mail-in program offers residents a remote option for certain tasks, such as replacing lost or stolen cards and paying check, said transportation secretary Jim Gray in the press release. Its services apply to:

  • Renewals of ID cards, four-year driver’s, motorcycle and operator licenses.
  • Requests for address changes and newID cards, four-year driver’s, motorcycle and operator licenses.
  • REAL ID renewals for existing holders only.

The following can’t be done via the mail: first-time upgrades from standard-issue licenses to REAL IDs; renewals that require name changes; and eight-year and commercial driver’s licenses. Those requests require document verification and must be made in person.

More information is available at KYTC’s website.

Yasmine Jumaa is LPM’s race and equity reporter. Email Yasmine at yjumaa@lpm.org.