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What benefits will the statewide motor vehicle system overhaul bring? Governor reveals one big change.


Years in the making, the switch to KAVIS promises more efficient vehicle services for Kentuckians.

The big change: Records will be linked to customers instead of vehicles.

"Think about people who have the specialty plates, right now having to potentially change those when they get a new vehicle. Now that license plate can follow you, the individual, instead of being tied to the vehicle," Gov. Andy Beshear explained Thursday.

Beshear said the upgrades will also allow for further improvements not supported by the current system.

In the short term, starting December 28, systems that will be completely offline include: Motor vehicle registration renewal, new titles and transfers, new license plates, motor vehicle lien filings and releases, and disabled parking permits.

Drivers licensing will not be affected, however, as that service is now conducted by regional centers – not county clerks.

While reopening times will vary, officials expect the new KAVIS system to be up and running statewide by the end of the week of January 8.

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Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.