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Do you have a valid drivers license

Having a valid drivers license in Kentucky comes along with several responsibilities. One of the requirements of being a driver means renewing your drivers license once it expires. Typically, your license will expire on your birthday. If you do not receive a notice from the DDL reminding you about your drivers license expiration date, set an alert on your personal calendar. For more information go to:

http://mydriverlicenses.org/renew-driver-license/kentucky.html

If you do not proceed with your drivers license renewal before the expiration date, you may face fees and penalties until you purchase a valid replacement. Prepare to pay an additional fee at the DDL if you renew a license after the expiration date in Kentucky.

In the state of Kentucky, drivers licenses are valid for a period of four years. After these four years have passed, it is your responsibility to perform a drivers license renewal. Unfortunately, the Kentucky DMV only offers one method in which renewing drivers license documents can be done. If you are a resident driver of Kentucky, you must apply for your renewed KY driver license in person at a local circuit clerk’s office. Only certain motorists are given the opportunity to renew by using a different method.

If you are above the age of 21 and have held your KY drivers license for four years, or you have just turned 21, then you need to take the steps to renew drivers license documents with the KY Transportation Cabinet. Drivers older than 21 have until 31 days after their birthdays to apply for drivers license renewals. On the other hand, motorists that have recently turned 21 have until 90 days after their 21st birthdays to submit their applications for renewal.

As mentioned before, the first thing to remember when you are preparing to renew drivers license documentation is that you must visit the circuit clerk’s office in your county to apply in person. You can do this within six months of your expiration date if you are at least 21 years old and have a valid driver license without any problem. To perform a Kentucky drivers license renewal in this case, all you need to do is submit your current driving license and payment for the renewal fee to a TC representative.

If your driving license has been expired for more than one year, however, you will experience some difficulty when renewing drivers license credentials. Namely, you will have to pass a vision test and a written knowledge exam.

It is important to keep in mind that there will be occasions when you cannot renew your Kentucky drivers license. For instance, if you have a lost drivers license or a stolen, damaged or destroyed driver license, then you must go through the process of applying for a Kentucky drivers license replacement. Also, if you have a revoked or suspended drivers license in KY, then you must apply for reinstatement rather than drivers license renewal.

If you plan to take to the skies in 2018, you may not get past security by showing your driver’s license. Under new federal laws, states must implement better safeguards to protect against ID theft or run the risk of having out-of-date licenses, which could keep you on the ground.

Kentuckians can continue to use their current driver license or ID card to visit federal offices such as Social Security, VA facilities, and federal court houses. Current driver license or ID cards are still valid for entering Federal facilities that do not require a person to present identification, voting or registering to vote, applying for or receiving Federal benefits, being licensed by a state and being able to drive in all 50 states and accessing health or life preserving services (including hospitals and health clinics), law enforcement, or constitutionally protected activities (including a defendant’s access to court proceedings).

The federal Department of Homeland Security has determined that Kentucky driver licenses are acceptable forms of identification for all federal facilities, including military installations and other restricted access facilities. Kentuckians can freely access Social Security offices, VA facilities, federal courthouses and to apply for federal benefits. Kentuckians may also continue to use their Kentucky Driver License to board commercial domestic flights. This most recent extension will run through June 6th, 2017.

Kentucky Basketball — It’s a Doggone Win

Photo by Brendon Miller                       

It’s a Doggone Win—By John Huang

During my stint in the military back in the late eighties, a couple of my best army buddies were hard core Georgia Bulldog fans. Armed with our comparable biweekly subscriptions to the Cats Pause and the Georgia Bulldogs magazines, we would frequently engage in heated Cats vs Dawgs debates regarding our beloved teams. We all accepted the fact that Kentucky always stunk in football and Georgia in basketball. The major difference, however, was that UK fans still cared about football while UGA fans didn’t even acknowledge that the sport of basketball existed.


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Senate moves to snuff out smoking in schools

Public schools across Kentucky would have to go smoke free by next school year under legislation the state Senate passed by a 25-8-2 vote today. Senate Bill 78, dubbed tobacco-free schools bill, would outlaw the use of all tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, on elementary, middle and high school campuses, said bill sponsor Sen. Ralph Alvarado, R-Winchester. He added that the ban would extend to school trips and school buses.


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This Week at the State Capitol

February 13 – 17, 2017

Headlines in recent days have made it clear that Kentucky’s problems with heroin, other illegal opioids and prescription drug abuse, continue to take lives and devastate communities at a shocking rate. On Tuesday, the Senate approved Senate Bill 14, which is aimed at getting drug dealers off the streets by strengthening penalties for trafficking in heroin and fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid. Under the legislation, which was approved on a 36-0 vote, trafficking in less than two grams of these substances would be elevated to a Class C felony punishable by five to 10 years in prison. Later in the week, a pair of bills addressing the drug crises were also approved in the House committees.


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Peak of float-and-fly fishing

Although we’ve seen many warm fronts this winter with temperatures in the 60s just this past weekend, the water in our highland reservoirs is still cold. Water temperatures are in the high 40s in Lake Cumberland, Dale Hollow and Laurel River Lake. Once water temperatures drop below 50 degrees for extended periods, threadfin shad begin to suffer from the cold water.


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Early Childhood Development Scholarship

Kentucky’s child care providers and those who train child care providers may be eligible for the Early Childhood Development Scholarship to further their college education. The application deadline for summer classes is April 15. The deadline for fall classes is July 15. The scholarships are available to those who work at least 20 hours per week in a participating early childhood facility. Kentuckians employed as a preschool associate teacher in a state-funded preschool program are also eligible. For more information about Kentucky scholarships and grants, visit www.kheaa.com; write KHEAA, P.O. Box 798, Frankfort, KY 40602; or call 800-928-8926, ext. 6-7214.


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Pharmacist With Ties to Clay Found Guilty

A former Berea pharmacist has been convicted of dispensing pseudoephedrine knowing it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine in Clay and several other surrounding counties. Lonnie Hubbard, age 41, was convicted by a federal jury on 71 counts, also including 56 drug counts, involving the illegal dispensing of controlled substances without a legitimate medical purpose; maintaining a drug involved premises; 12 counts of money laundering; and two conspiracy charges. A jury that sat through an eight-day trial returned a guilty verdict after deliberating for three hours.


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Three Fires at One Time

East Bernstadt Fire and Rescue were called out at 4:25 PM on a structure fire and forest fire in Rockcastle County. Units arrived on scene to a structure on fire and several acres on fire. Crews were working to contain both fires when units were dispatched with Crossroads VFD for a structure fire at Robinson’s Stave Mill. Crews put out both structure fires and the forest fire were turned over to Kentucky Division of Forestry.


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