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Video: How to Obtain a REAL ID Credential

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has opened a permanent Regional Driver Licensing Office at the Daviess County Operations Center.

“The new Owensboro office expands an important customer service,” said KYTC Secretary Jim Gray.  “But we are doing so in a way that protects the health and safety of our customers and our employees. That includes social distancing, wearing face masks and having a sanitized work station for every customer.”

The new office will process applications for REAL ID or standard licenses and ID cards. Any required driver testing, which is conducted by Kentucky State Police, must have been completed beforehand.

Application for a REAL ID must be done in person, with proof of residence, social security and identity at a KYTC regional office.

[Watch Below: State Rep. Suzanne Miles demonstrates how to schedule and obtain a REAL ID credential]

Those seeking to renew or replace a standard-issue license or ID card can do so by mail or drop-off with the Circuit Court Clerk, provided there has been no change of name or address and the license holder does not require driver testing.

What is REAL ID?

The REAL ID Act established minimum security standards for license issuance and production.

Beginning October 1, 2021, a REAL ID credential will be required to board domestic flights, enter military bases and other secure federal facilities.

Although there will be travel and access restrictions on the enforcement date, REAL ID cards are optional and Kentuckians do not have to obtain one before the deadline.

Other federally approved documents, like a valid passport or military ID, are accepted for air travel.

Before You Go

Make an appointment online at A limited number of workstations will be available to serve walk-ins.

To save time and avoid repeat trips to the license branch, review the list of required documents ahead of time or take the IDocument Guide quiz.


The office is located at 2620 KY Hwy 81, Owensboro, KY 42301.  Hours are Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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