KY State Senator Files Bill to Send Reminders About Expiring Driver's Licenses

Kentucky State Senator Dorsey Ridley (D-Henderson) filed legislation on Wednesday to reinstate sending reminders through the mail to alert drivers when their licenses, permits, or identification cards are about to expire.

“Tens of thousands of citizens across the commonwealth have let their license lapse and you could be one of them,” said Sen. Ridley. “If you have not renewed your license recently, I suggest you look at it today. In September 2016, the state announced it would stop mailing renewal reminders and, once that happened, drivers -- accustomed to receiving notices -- did not realize their licenses had lapsed. It happened to me because I did not get a reminder postcard. I did not know my license had expired until I was using it for identification purposes and it was pointed out to me.”

Governor Matt Bevin recently made the decision to discontinue mailing driver license renewal notices to save state funds.

“The intent to save money was good,” said Ridley. “However, it might have been more effective to continue to mail notices, while at the same time collecting e-mail addresses. We could have eventually phased out mailed reminders and replaced postcards with e-mail notices.”

Ridley's bill directs that notices be sent by either mail or email at least 45 days prior to the expiration date of any instruction permit, operator's license, or personal identification card issued by the Transportation Cabinet.

Residents can opt out of receiving notifications.

Renewal dates are usually every four years in the driver's birth month. The renewal fee is $20.

If the license has been expired for longer than a year, both a written and vision test are required.

(This story was originally published on September 27, 2017)


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