Beshear, KSP announce statewide driver testing services now available

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Gov. Andy Beshear and the Kentucky State Police announced Tuesday that all KSP Driver Testing Regional Branches have been established within the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Driver Licensing Regional Offices.

Residents will now have the option to make driver testing appointments at any regional office throughout Kentucky, regardless of the county they live in.

House Bill 453 passed in March 2020, transitioning licensing services to the KYTC as the sole issuer of driver and operator licenses, including REAL ID. The bill mandated regional offices be operational throughout the Commonwealth by June 30, 2022.

Appointments are available Monday through Friday and can be made online by visiting kentuckystatepolice.org.

Residents must make an appointment at any regional branch before arrival for a permit, driver or commercial driver license test. A release by Beshear’s office stated that successful testing applicants will be served the same day by KYTC Driver Licensing Regional Office staff to apply for a permit or license, based on capacity and time of day, without scheduling a separate appointment.

“We appreciate KSP and KYTC working together to expand driver licensing services to Kentuckians statewide,” said Beshear. “Now that residents can make an appointment at any regional office, our Kentucky families have expanded access to the services they need, making it easier for them to take a written or skills drivers test and obtain a license at one location in one day.”

KSP’s commander of driver testing, Captain Marshall Johnson, said new appointments will be posted Monday through Friday at 8 a.m.

Johnson went on to thank and recognize KSP’s driver testing branch for their hard work and quick response over the last two years during the transition despite limited staff and a nationwide pandemic.

Prior to an appointment, new drivers should prepare for an exam by accessing the approved Kentucky driver’s manual or through the official KSP mobile app. All driver testing materials can be viewed and downloaded free of charge.

According to KYTC, Kentucky will continue offering the option of a standard driver’s license, but a REAL ID or other form of federally approved identification, such as a passport or military ID, eventually will be needed by those that are at least 18 years old for boarding commercial flights and accessing military bases and federal buildings that require identification. Federal enforcement is scheduled to begin May 3, 2023, stated the release.

First-time application for a REAL ID must be made in person at a Driver Licensing Regional office. Specific documentation is required. A list of acceptable documentation and a link to take an interactive quiz that provides a list of documents is available at drive.ky.gov 

In addition, Kentuckians can renew their driver’s license online, by mail or in person on the same site.