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How to Apply for a Kentucky Identification Card

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's Division of Motor Licensing issues non-driver identification cards to State residents who don't have a valid ID card, driver license or instruction permits from the State or any other jurisdiction. The ID card can be used to prove your identity, age, and residence in a variety of situations. The identification card is valid for four years after it was issued.

APPLYING FOR A KENTUCKY ID CARD

  1. Locate the Circuit Court Clerk's office nearest you, as you will have to apply for the ID card in person. You cannot apply online.
  2. Bring proper identification, especially your birth certificate.
  3. You must also provide proof of your social security number (SSN). If you have never been issued a SSN, you may be required to obtain one.
  4. Provide proof of Kentucky residence.
  5. Pay the ID card application fee, currently $12, by cash or check.
  6. The Circuit Clerk's Office also provides a Child ID Card for those under the age of 15. The required documents are the same as the ones to be produced for obtaining a Kentucky ID Card. The fee for the Child ID is $ 4.
  7. A Non-US Citizen can apply for an ID card at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's Division of Motor Licensing's [ field office] and the ID card shall be issued by the local Circuit Clerk's Office.
  8. You must also surrender any valid driver license or instruction permit issued by the state of Kentucky or any other jurisdiction.

RENEWING AN KENTUCKY ID CARD

  1. Locate the Circuit Clerk's Office nearest you, as you will have to apply for the ID card renewal in person within 31 days of expiry. You cannot apply online.
  2. Bring proper identification, especially your birth certificate.
  3. You must also provide proof of your social security number (SSN). If you have never been issued a SSN, you may be required to obtain one.
  4. Provide proof of Kentucky residence.
  5. Bring along the expired ID.
  6. Pay the ID card renewal fee, currently $15, by cash or check. For renewal of Child ID, the fee is $ 4.

REPLACING A LOST, STOLEN, OR DESTROYED ID CARD

You may be issued a replacement identification card if your original ID card has been lost, stolen or destroyed, or if you have had a name or address change.
  1. Locate the Circuit Clerk's Office nearest you, as you will have to apply for the ID card in person. You cannot apply online.
  2. Bring proper identification, especially your birth certificate.
  3. You must also provide proof of your social security number (SSN). If you have never been issued a SSN, you may be required to obtain one.
  4. Provide proof of Kentucky residence in the event that it has changed.
  5. If your name has changed, you must provide proof of name change within 10 days of the change to the local Circuit Clerk's Office.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Former State residents moving back to Kentucky may be eligible to apply for a renewal or replacement ID card, depending on the validity of their original identification card. Those whose Kentucky ID cards expired more than one year ago must apply for an original ID card.
  • See also Applying for a New License.
  • See also Change of Address.
 

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