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State unveils new emergency contact registry

Kentucky has unveiled a new online emergency-contact registry that will be accessible to law enforcement officials in the event someone with a Kentucky driver’s license, personal ID or permit is involved in a serious vehicle crash or emergency situation.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has teamed up with Kentucky State Police (KSP) and the Department of Criminal Justice Training (DOCJT) to encourage Kentuckians to designate a preferred contact using the free, voluntary service.

“Emergency Notice is a powerful example of how collaboration between government agencies can benefit citizens through practical, common-sense innovation,” said Gov. Matt Bevin. “Following a serious automobile crash, this valuable tool will significantly expedite communication between first responders and a driver’s loved ones. Time is of the essence during an emergency, and we are excited to make this easy-to-use system available to all Kentuckians.”

Kentuckians can submit their emergency contact’s name and phone number via the Emergency Notice portal on the drive.ky.gov website or by calling the KYTC at (502) 564-1257.

The contact information is integrated into the cardholder’s driving record, accessible only to law enforcement officials for emergency purposes.

The service is available only to valid Kentucky cardholders, and users will be required to input their license number, date of birth, first and last name to verify their information.

Kentuckians may submit one contact, and the contact or information may be changed at any time.

Users are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the information submitted and keeping it up-to-date. Emergency contact information is limited to name, relationship and phone number. Once submitted, the information is available the same day to law enforcement dispatchers.