Identification Cards in Kentucky

SUMMARY: Kentucky Identification Cards

Apply for a KY identification card in person at a DDL office. You will need to provide proof of your identity, address, and pay the required fee. To renew or replace your ID card, you will need to visit a KY DDL office and pay the appropriate fee.

Continue reading to learn more about obtaining a photo ID card from the Kentucky Division of Driver Licensing (DDL).

Apply for an ID Card in Kentucky

To be eligible for a non-driver ID card in Kentucky, you must be:

  • A legal resident of Kentucky.
  • At least 15 years old.

NOTE: The Kentucky DDL issues child ID cards to those who are 2 years old to younger than 15 years old.

U.S. Citizen Applications

You must apply for a KY identification card in person at your local county KY DDL office.

You must submit:

  • A completed Driver License – ID Card Application  (available at DDL office).
  • Your U.S. birth certificate (original or certified copy).
  • Your Social Security Card (original or certified copy).
  • Proof of your Kentucky residency.
  • Payment for the $11.50 fee.
    • $6, if you're younger than 15 years old.

If you're younger than 18 years old, your parent or guardian will need to sign your application form.

Non-U.S. Citizen Applications

If you're not a U.S. citizen, you will not be eligible for a Kentucky ID card if:

  • You do not have lawful U.S. status.
  • You are on a tourist/visitor visa.

You must submit your application in person to a regional KY DDL office.

NOTE: Be sure to check the KY DDL website for application-processing times prior to your visit.

You will need:

  • A completed Non-U.S. Citizen Application (Form TC 94-152).
  • Your immigration documents, such as your visa and I-94 print out.
  • An I-20 form and a letter from your college proving your enrollment and good standing, if you're a college student.
  • Form DS2019, if you are on a J-1 visa.
  • Proof of your employment (from the last 30 days), if you have a working visa.
    • If you are on your spouse's working visa, you must show their proof of employment, visa, and I-94.
  • Your Social Security card or proof that you're not eligible for one.
  • Proof of your KY residency, such as your:
    • Utility bill.
    • Rental agreement.
    • Property tax bill.
  • Payment for the required fee (will vary based on how long it is valid).
    • Contact the KY DDL for more information.

The length of validity for your non-driver ID card will depend on the length of your stay in the U.S.

Renew Your Photo ID Card

Your Kentucky ID card will be valid for 4 years at a time, unless you are a non-U.S. citizen (see “ Non-U.S. Citizen Applications" above).

You will need to visit your local KY circuit court clerk's office and pay the renewal fee.

Contact the Kentucky DDL for required documents and fees.

Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Damaged ID Card

If you need a replacement ID card, you must apply for a duplicate in person at your local circuit clerk's office in Kentucky. You will need to provide:

  • Proof of your:
    • Identity.
    • KY residential address.
  • Payment for the replacement fee.
    • Contact the KY DDL for fee information.

If your non-driver ID card was lost or stolen, you may wish to report it to the local police to help prevent identity theft.

Change Your Name or KY Address

If you've changed your name or Kentucky address, you'll need to update your ID card in person at a KY DDL office. More information can be found on our following pages:


TC 94-152
Non-U.S. Citizen Application
Submit this form to the DDL if you're not a U.S. citizen and want to apply for a Kentucky driver's license, learner's permit, OR state ID card.
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