BOYD COUNTY, W.Va.. (WSAZ) – A more convenient option for drivers in northeast Kentucky is to open in Catlettsburg.
On Monday, Governor Andy Beshear announced the opening of a comprehensive regional driving license office at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) in Catlettsburg.
The office is an extension of a smaller Boyd County branch that was only available for appointments.
The address remains the same – 2900 Louisa Street, Suite 2.
The Catlettsburg site is the 16th permanent regional office that the Cabinet has set up to date in a network that will eventually include around two dozen offices in the Commonwealth to take over driving licenses.
The regional offices are the only places customers can apply for REAL ID credentials and will shortly be taking over all driver license services that have historically been performed by the clerk’s office in each county. A gradual transition of clerk services to KYTC is underway and will be completed in 12 counties by the end of April.
For convenience, Kentuckians who need to purchase, upgrade, or renew licenses can do so at any of the regional offices. You are no longer restricted to your place of residence.
“Getting a driver’s license is an essential service that can sometimes be done online or through the mail, but often must be done in person,” said Governor Beshear. “We are striving to offer this service in a way that protects public health and to provide our Kentuckians with the operating licenses and official IDs they need for employment, travel and emergencies.”
KYTC Secretary Jim Gray said no Kentuckian will be required to get a REAL ID to operate an automobile. However, from October 1, 2021, air travel in the USA requires a REAL ID or some other form of federally accepted identification under federal law.
The application for a REAL ID must be made in person at a KYTC regional office with proof of identity, residence and social security. Instructions for the required documents are available Here.
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