Kentucky Driver’s License Renewal Guide
Updated on July 19, 2021
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How to Renew a Kentucky Driver’s License
What do I need and how do I renew my Kentucky driver’s license? Good questions.
Renewing Your Driver’s License in Kentucky
The process for completing a Kentucky license renewal is fairly straightforward. Kentucky drivers must go to the Circuit Court Clerk’s office in their county of residence to obtain an updated license.
The only exception is for military personnel, which we’ll cover in this article about how to renew a Kentucky drivers license.
When Do I Need to Renew My Driver’s License in Kentucky?
For drivers aged 21 or older, a Kentucky license expires 31 days after the driver’s birth date. For drivers who are under 21 years old, a Kentucky license expires 90 days after the driver’s 21st birthday.
To make sure you have plenty of time to renew and avoid an expired license, drivers who are age 21 and over can complete the Kentucky license renewal process up to six months prior to the expiration date, as long as their current license is valid.
Before you head to the Circuit Court Clerk’s office to complete your renewal, you may want to obtain a copy of your driving record to see if there are any issues.
If you have to change your address, if your license is suspended or if you have other issues you may need to provide additional documentation to complete the Kentucky license renewal process.
You are always responsible for knowing the status of your driver’s license.
Getting in the habit of obtaining a copy of your record can save time and effort when it’s time to renew your license.
Renewing Your Driver’s License In Person
All Kentucky driver’s license renewals must be completed at the Circuit Court Clerk’s office in the Kentucky county of residence.
The only exception to this rule is for active duty military who are serving outside of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Kentucky Driver’s License Renewal Requirements
To renew your Kentucky license, you will need to provide identification, which in most cases is your expiring license.
If you are updating your address, you will need to provide proof of address. In some cases, you many need to provide additional documentation such as:
- Your birth certificate.
- Your Social Security card.
- Proof of address. Accepted documents include property tax bill with your name, utility bill with your name, or mortgage documents with your name.
Renewing an Expired Driver’s License
If your license expired more than one year prior, you will also have to take a vision exam and a written driving knowledge test.
Reinstating a Suspended Driver’s License
If your license is suspended, you will have to reinstate it before you can complete your Kentucky driver’s license renewal.
Once issued, a Kentucky driver’s license is valid for four years.
Required License Renewal Fees
The renewal fee for a regular class D operator license is $20. If your license is suspended, you will have to pay a reinstatement fee of $40.
Special Conditions for Active Duty Military Personnel
Current active duty military personnel who are Kentucky residents and are stationed or assigned outside of the Commonwealth are allowed to renew a regular class D drivers license by mail.
If you are active duty military and have been outside of Kentucky and your license has expired, you have 90 days upon your return to Kentucky to renew your license. In this case, the written test and/or road test that would normally be required is waived.
However, if you do not complete your Kentucky driver’s license renewal within the 90 days, you will then be required to follow the regular rules for renewal.
Driving with an expired license carries some steep fines. Since, Kentucky does not offer online license renewal or renewal by mail, except for active duty military, don’t wait until the last minute to start your Kentucky drivers license renewal process.
Scheduling an Appointment to Renew Your License In Person
Should you have any further questions regarding how to renew your Kentucky driver’s license or are interested in scheduling an appointment for in person renewal, contact the DMV location nearest to you.