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Circuit Clerk's Office in Independence to Reopen Monday with Restrictions

The Kenton County Driver's License office will reopen on Monday, Kenton County Circuit Court Clerk John C. Middleton announced. The opening only involves the Independence location, and not the Covington one.

The announcement followed an order from Governor Andy Beshear and Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton to reopen the offices, which had been closed as part of mitigation efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Kenton County residents whose state license, permit, or identification card expired or will expire between March 1 and June 30, and anyone whose credentials were lost or stolen, must obtain their credential by mail only.

A resident must fill out this form and mail it or drop it off in person to 1655 Delaware Crossing Independence, KY, 41051 with payment (check, money order-preferred or cash) or indicate they wish to pay by debit/credit card and a Deputy Clerk will call them.

All other issuance, including Commercial Drivers Licenses (CDL), will be by appointment at the Independence Circuit Clerk Drivers License office only. 

The Covington office will not be open at this time.  

The Administrative Offices of the Courts is developing an interactive online scheduling system that should be up by Tuesday June 2, Middleton said. Until then residents may call the Independence office at 859-356-5925 to make an appointment over the phone. 

Pursuant to Governor Beshear’s and the Chief Justice’s order, masks will be required for entry into the building. 

You will also be asked to confirm that you do not have COVID-19 symptoms.

For 16-year olds awaiting their driving test, the Kentucky State Police is reopening testing by appointment only. Call 1-844-253-5680. This testing will be done regionally with both Kenton and Boone County residents sharing testing at the Independence Kentucky State Police Drivers Testing facility, adjacent to the Circuit Clerk’s office. 

Kenton County residents will test on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons. 

“After being closed to the public since March we are excited to be able to offer these essential credentials to Kenton County residents,” Middleton said. He “cautioned residents to be patient as the Supreme Court has continued to order the office to be at 50 percent staffing.”

This staffing order has necessitated the opening of only one of Kenton County Drivers License offices (Independence). 

“Our Deputy Clerks are some of the best in the Commonwealth, but they can only do so much. With only 3 deputies trying to serve 3 months of backed up drivers licenses, we ask for patience," Middleton said.

-Staff report