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KYTC regional driver licensing office opens in Richmond, will issue REAL ID-compliant licenses

Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday announced the opening of a new Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) regional driver licensing office in Richmond. While some services require an in person visit, Kentuckians are encouraged to use mail or drop-in options to renew or apply for standard credentials if they are able: Those whose licenses, permits or ID cards were lost or expired – or will expire – any...

KYTC warns fall mowing season is underway — signs will be removed from roadsides; don’t put them there

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today With fall mowing season underway along highways around the state, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet warns they are collecting signs from the roadsides. 
Political candidates, residents, business operators, and property owners along US and KY routes are reminded that no signage is allowed on the right of way, other than official highway signs and items approved through...

Finance and Administration Cabinet online surplus property auction runs through Sept. 29

The Finance and Administration Cabinet’s Division of Surplus Properties will host an online auction of heavy equipment no longer in use by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Division of Equipment. The auction is underway and runs through Tuesday, Sept. 29. An annual event, this year’s auction will be conducted online due to COVID-19. Proceeds from the sale will go to support KYTC and...

KYTC reaches milestone of 50,000 REAL ID-compliant licenses; pace of applications increasing

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has reached the 50,000 mark in number of REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and identification cards issued. Applicants increasingly are choosing the more secure credential ahead of a federal deadline for having verified identification for access to certain installations and activities. REAL ID licenses and IDs are issued only at KYTC Regional Driver Licensing...

KYTC drives attention to work zone safety during construction season; drivers reminded to slow down

As highway construction continues into the fall across the commonwealth, motorists can expect to see orange cones and flashing lights in work zones. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is driving attention to Kentucky’s Work Zone Awareness Week (KYWZAW) – Sept. 13-18 – to encourage motorists to take a vested interest in work zone safety by slowing down and driving without distractions...

State provides update on Mountain Parkway expansion in Wolfe, Morgan and Magoffin counties

Construction continues this summer and into the fall on the Morgan and Magoffin County West segments of the Mountain Parkway Expansion. This summer’s progress comes on the heels of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s June announcement that the Wolfe County segment will be the next segment of the Parkway to be completed. “Crews have been busy this summer making great progress on the active segments...

‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’: Make smart choices over the holiday, as law enforcement is watching

This Labor Day weekend, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is joining the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and law enforcement across the nation in reminding drivers to “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” “It’s been a tough year for all Kentuckians and I want us to have a great Labor Day Weekend,” said Gov. Beshear. “But to keep each other safe, I’ve got to...

Input on Mayfield transportation study continues until Aug. 14; online site available for comments

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is continuing to offer Mayfield area residents an opportunity to comment on a city-wide planning study of transportation issues. Online comments on the Mayfield Small Urban Planning Study will be accepted through Aug. 14. The study is examining transportation safety and congestion issues within the Mayfield area. About 3/4ths of the way through the online public...

Kentucky highway map available; musical heritage of the Commonwealth spotlighted in new map

Kentucky’s rich and varied musical heritage is highlighted and celebrated in the 2020-21 Official Highway Map of the Bluegrass State. “Music is part of life in Kentucky and crosses many genres,” Gov. Andy Beshear said. “By the same token, our official highway map is much more than a display of route lines and numbers. It symbolizes connection to the things and places that matter most to us.” The...

Kentucky law enforcement reminds drivers to ‘Stop Speeding Before it Stops You’ as state reopens

As the Commonwealth reopens and traffic continues to increase, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) is reminding drivers to “Stop Speeding Before it Stops You.” “Speeding is 100 percent preventable and obeying the posted speed limit reduces the risk of death or injury for drivers, passengers and other road users,” said KYTC Secretary Jim Gray. “Safe...

As July 4 approaches, KYTC reminds Kentucky motorists that ‘Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving’

This Independence Day, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is joining the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to remind drivers that “Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.” Unfortunately, this summertime celebration creates dangerous road conditions when drivers choose to drive while impaired. “If you are under the influence of any substance and choose to get behind the wheel,...

Regional Driver Licensing Office in Lexington opens; expands access to REAL ID-compliant licenses

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced the opening of a new Regional Driver Licensing Office in Lexington to further expand access to REAL ID-compliant licenses and identification cards for Kentucky residents. The office is the latest in a network of regional offices operated by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC). Unlike other KYTC regional driver licensing offices that operate alongside local Circuit...

Beshear announces limited service reopening of regional driver licensing office in Morehead

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet regional driver’s licensing office in Morehead will reopen for limited services starting Wednesday (June 10). It is part of Beshear’s Healthy at Work initiative to safely reopen essential Executive Branch offices and services that were closed to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus 2019. Gov. Andy Beshear“We are gradually...

Beshear authorizes renewing driver’s licenses, ID cards, replacement requests remotely

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced an official order temporarily authorizing circuit court clerk offices to process expired driving credential renewals and replacement requests remotely. The move is in keeping with Beshear’s emergency declaration related to the novel coronavirus 2019 pandemic and Healthy at Work guidance meant to keep all Kentuckians healthy and limit the spread of the coronavirus. “This...

Mowing to begin along state highways; political and business signs prohibited on right of way

Mowing season along Kentucky state highways is just around the corner. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and its contractors are preparing to cut grass on state right of way. State forces and contract crews will be mowing roadsides, and crews will be removing litter on some highways as well. KYTC officials ask Kentuckians to do their part by keeping the state right of way clear of temporary signs...

Transportation Cabinet extends emergency order for commercial drivers during pandemic relief effort

Kentucky Transportation Secretary Jim Gray has extended until June 1 an existing emergency order that temporarily lifts regulatory restrictions on motor carriers delivering goods and services critical to COVID-19 pandemic relief. The order is in keeping with Gov. Andy Beshear’s declaration of an emergency as part of a sweeping effort to protect Kentuckians and combat the spread of the novel coronavirus,...

Bridging Kentucky Project set to begin in Leslie County on March 30; expected to open July 1

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 11 Office advises motorists that a bridge construction project in Leslie County will begin March 30 and the bridge is expected to open to traffic on July 1. This project will replace the Williams Branch Road bridge (CR 1207) over Middle Fork of Kentucky River. The bridge is being constructed downstream of the existing bridge. It will include a realignment...

A bright spot: For 70 years, the arrival of Spring brings bright yellow jonquils to this scenic roadside

For the last 70 years, the arrival of spring has brought with it a bright spot for motorists along U.S. 641 near the Lyon-Caldwell county line.   For about two weeks each year, a half-mile section of U.S. 641 near the 4-mile marker in Lyon County is lined with bright yellow jonquils. The bulbs that create the colorful display were planted by Charles Brockmeyer Jr., with help from his friend and...

Driver’s licensing offices statewide are now closed; drivers has additional three months to get renewal

In keeping with Governor Andy Beshear’s order to cancel in-person government services, driver’s licensing offices statewide are now closed. Citizens who are due to renew a motor vehicle license, including commercial driver’s licenses, will have an additional three months to obtain the renewal.   Offices of Circuit Court Clerk handle driver’s licensing in all 120 counties for the Kentucky...

Real ID licenses now available at Morehead regional licensing office; new ID requirements effective Oct. 1

Eastern Kentucky residents now have one more option to maintain U.S. air travel and military base entry thanks to the expansion of REAL ID-compliant card access at a new Morehead issuance location operated by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC). Beginning Monday, the Rowan County REAL ID Regional Driver’s Licensing office opened to all Kentuckians regardless of where they live. Any U.S....