Driver's license replacement fees suspended in 13 counties
Gov. Andy Beshear has issued an emergency order making it easier for flood victims in 13 Eastern Kentucky counties to replace lost driver’s licenses and other essential documents at no cost. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is also deploying driver licensing staff to take the full range of licensing services to flood-impacted areas.
The emergency order waives statutory fees otherwise required for duplicate licenses, permits, state identification cards and auto titles and registration, including those for motor vehicles, boats, mobile homes and ATVs.
The waiver applies to residents in the following federally declared disaster areas: Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, Perry, Pike and Wolfe counties. View the executive order here. The order, which is retroactive to Thursday, July 28, will remain in effect for the duration of the state of emergency.
Residents can also visit any driver licensing regional offices to request a replacement.
Additionally, residents can request vehicle registration and related documents at county clerk offices. Driver licenses, learner permits and state-issued IDs can be replaced at any Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Driver Licensing Regional Office or at Pop-up Driver Licensing events.
Eastern Kentucky regional offices in the affected counties are located in: Manchester, Prestonsburg, Pikeville and Jackson. To schedule an appointment, visit drive.ky.gov. Walk-ins are welcome.
Pop-up driver licensing services will be set up to issue replacement driver licenses, permits and state ID cards for flood victims sheltering at three state parks – Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Floyd County, Pine Mountain State Resort Park in Bell County and Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park in Perry County.
The one-day visits will be:
- Friday, Aug. 5, at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park;
- Monday, Aug. 8, at Pine Mountain State Resort Park, and
- Tuesday, Aug. 9, at Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park.
The hours at each location will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. No appointments needed; walk-ins only.
State warns of text message scam
A fraudulent text message (for examples, click here, here and here) was reported today impersonating the Transportation Cabinet. The sender appears to target flood victims by including a link to submit information related to the waiver of card and registration replacement fees. The text message is not from KYTC, and recipients are warned not to click the link. While the Cabinet may send text messages about Driver Licensing Regional offices, it does not solicit personal information via text.
Victims who have submitted any personal information are advised to visit the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General website, ag.ky.gov, to follow their guidance concerning potential identity theft.