What is the cost to renew a driver's license in Kentucky?

I travel a lot for work. I recently noticed that the federal government is going to start enforcing REAL ID requirements, so I thought I’d get ahead of the game by renewing my driver’s license. How much does it coes to renew a driver’s license in Kentucky?

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Answer provided by
Eric Schad
Answered on May 06, 2022
If you want to board domestic flights after May 3, 2023, you’re going to need a REAL ID, so your take-charge planning is savvy. However, you are not required by Kentucky to have a REAL ID and the state gives drivers the option to choose which one they want. The cost to renew a driver’s license in Kentucky ranges from $21.50 to $48, but the price depends on validity length and license type. Here’s a quick breakdown:
  • Four-year standard driver’s license: $21.50
  • Four-year REAL ID driver’s license: $24
  • Eight-year standard driver’s license: $43
  • Eight-year REAL ID driver’s license: $48
To apply for a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license for the first time, you must schedule an appointment at your local DMV. Walk-ins are not accepted.
If you want to get a standard driver’s license or a renewal of a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, you have three options:
  • Schedule an appointment at a local DMV.
  • Apply online at https://dlrenewal.ky.gov/.
  • Download this form and mail it to: Division of Driver Licensing 200 Metro Street Frankfort, KY 40622
No matter which method you choose, you should get your new Kentucky driver’s license in 10 to 15 business days.
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