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Drivers License is now re-opened with the following conditions:  Please bear with us as we work to meet your drivers license needs.  We remain at limited staffing due to Orders from the Governor and Supreme Court. You may experience long wait times or busy signals due to the large volume of calls and short staff. 

Anyone who has a license/permit/State ID that expired or will expire between March 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021 AND anyone who has lost their license or had it stolen and whose address and name remains the same MUST renew/obtain their license by mail.  You MUST fill out this form (click here) and return it by mail or drop off in person to 1655 Delaware Crossing, Independence, KY 41051 or the Sheriff’s drop box at the Kenton County Administration Building 1840 Simon Kenton Way Covington, Kentucky 41011, along with payment (check- preferred-made payable to John C. Middleton, Circuit Clerk, money order- or cash) or debit/credit card (fee) (you must provide the required information or we will not process your application). Paying by check or money order will expedite your order.

We will take all other drivers license issuance (except permits- see below), including Commercial Drivers License (CDL) and those who have a change of name or address by appointment at the Independence office ONLY.  To schedule an appointment click here

Because Governor Beshear has not extended the expiration of licenses for anyone expiring after July 6, 2020 we will also have a waiting line.  Anyone may wait in line to get your license/ID the same day, however anyone with an appointment and testers will be taken first.  There are no guarantees. There may be long lines.  Please also be aware of the weather and plan accordingly as there is little room in the office for social distancing. Be aware of temperatures and/or rain/storms.

This is NOT for permit testing.  Permit testers must make an appoint with KSP, below.  Masks will be REQUIRED to enter, by order of the Governor and Supreme Court. You will also be asked to certify that you do not have COVID-19 symptoms.  

State Police are giving both the road tests and permit tests.  You MUST have an appointment with the State Police to take either test.  Click here to make an appointment with the Kentucky State Police on their website www.kentuckystatepolice.org.  If you make a permit appointment with the Kentucky State Police you DO NOT need to make an appointment with our office.  We have set aside times during the testing days just for you.

The courts are also open for limited dockets For court information visit our courts website here.    

REAL ID UPDATE as of September 1, 2020

The KY Transportation Cabinet has opened a regional office in Florence to issue REAL ID licenses.

Residents from ANY county may apply for a REAL ID or standard credential in Florence if they do not require testing or retesting. The office is located at 8120 Dream Street Suite A, Florence, KY 41042 and is open Monday-Friday between 8 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (only debit and credit cards are accepted for payment).

Click here to schedule an Appointment  Call 859-431-1072 if you need technical assistance.

The Circuit Clerk’s office in Independence will continue to issue standard licenses and ID credentials that will be acceptable for domestic travel and admittance into military bases and restricted federal buildings until October 2021.

A passport is an acceptable form of identification for all the above and IS required for international travel.

See http://www.drive.ky.gov for additional information and updates.

Kenton County Driver’s License has two convenient locations that can help you with your driver’s license needs:

Kenton Circuit Clerk’s Driver’s License Branches:

KENTON COUNTY BUILDING: (Temporarily Closed)
1840 Simon Kenton Way. 2nd floor South Building
Covington, KY 41011
Phone: (859) 292-6579
Fax: (859) 261-3829
Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30 AM – 4 PM
Payment Options  –  Cash, Check, Debit Card or Credit Card.
There is an additional third-party fee for debit or credit card transactions.


1655 Delaware Crossing – Independence, KY 41051

The Independence Driver’s License is located behind the old Kroger on the back side of the building.

Phone: (859) 356-5925
Fax: (859) 356-0942
Issuance and Renewal Hours (for testing hours see below):

Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Closed 11:50-12:30 for lunch.

Payment Options  –  Cash, Check, Debit Card or Credit Card.
There is an additional third-party fee for debit or credit card transactions.


Testing Hours for Operator and Motorcycle:
Monday – Friday 8:00AM – 11:30AM
Then 12:30PM – 3:30PM

Testing Hours for CDL and Foreign National:
Monday – Friday 8:00AM – 11:00AM
Then 12:30PM – 2:00PM

Phone: (844) 253-5680