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Kentucky State Police announce new location for driver’s licensing services for Boone Co. residents

The Kentucky State Police (KSP) on Thursday announced a new driver testing branch location for Boone County residents to obtain a state driver’s permit or driver’s license.

The new branch will still be located in Burlington, and the last day of testing at the Boone County Justice Center was Thursday. Residents of Boone County should take note of the new location in order to make an appointment prior to arrival.

“The new KSP regional driver testing locations are being done in accordance with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) licensing model. Regionalizing these locations will offer more efficient and effective services,” said Gov. Beshear. “I wish all Kentuckians the best of luck as they start the journey in obtaining a Kentucky driver’s license.”

Beginning Sept. 27, KSP will offer driver testing at the KYTC Regional Drivers Licensing Office, located at 6159 1st Financial Drive, Suite #200, Burlington, KY 41005, for residents of Boone County.

Appointments are available Monday through Friday and can be made online by visiting KSP’s website. Residents must make an appointment prior to arrival for a permit, driver or commercial driver license test.

“One of the benefits of regionalization is increased availability of testing services,” said KSP’s Commander of Driver Testing, Captain Marshall Johnson. “New appointments will be posted daily at 8 a.m., Monday through Friday, and this availability is the product of regionalizing our services.”

KSP is continuing to work with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Kentucky’s circuit court clerks in counties that have yet to transition licensing services by June 30, 2022.

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

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. The transition of licensing services by KYTC was mandated with the passage of House Bill 453 during the 2020 Kentucky General Assembly.

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

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 populates a personalized list of documents is available at drive.ky.gov and the IDocument Guide.

Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet

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