✅ Updated October 2020

Ultimate guide to getting your driver's license in Kentucky

Here's the ultimate guide to getting your driver license at the Kentucky DMV. We've simplified the entire process for you so you can save time.

 

What You’ll Need to Get your Kentucky DMV Driver License

Driver’s Permit

  • Submit a completed Driver License – ID Card Application
  • Applicant's full legal name : Birth Certificate
  • Applicant's date of birth : Birth Certificate
  • Applicant's Social Security number : Social Security Card (laminated cards are not accepted)
  • Proof of the applicant's Kentucky residency : Phone Bill
  • For full legal name and date of birth: Birth Certificate
  • Foster children are required to bring the Cabinet for Health and Family Services Custody Verification Letter to the Circuit Court Clerk's office.

If you are under 18 years old:

  • School Compliance Verification Form (from your school).
  • Your parent must give consent by signing your application form.
  • Payment for the learner's permit fee of $15.

Kentucky Provisional License

  • Completed 60 hours of driving practice, 10 hours of which must be night time driving
  • Have successfully completed a Driver’s Ed Course. The program can be any of the following:
    • Graduated License Course lasting 4 hours (this course is provided by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in your county.
    • HIgh School Driver’s Ed Course or a similar course  provided by a KY community college, job corps or vocational school.
    • Private driver training course provided by an approved driver’s training school.
  • Payment for the fee.

Full Unrestricted Driver’s License

  • Proof of completion of your Driver’s Ed Program. The program can be any of the following:
    • Graduated License Course lasting 4 hours (this course is provided by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in your county.
    • HIgh School Driver’s Ed Course or a similar course  provided by a KY community college, job corps or vocational school.
    • Private driver training course provided by an approved driver’s training school.
  • Driver’s License fee of $21.50.

 

What You’ll Do to Get your Kentucky Driver License

Driver’s Permit

  • Step 1: Visit a local Circuits Clerk Office.
  • Step 2: Submit your requirements.
  • Step 3. Take the permit test.
  • Step 4: Pass the vision test.
  • Step 5: Pay the testing fee 
  • Step 6: Once you pass the permit test you will be issued a distinctive ‘under 21’ permit.
  • Step 7: You must comply with the following requirements:
    • Permit holders may only drive when accompanied by a licensed driver 21 years and older.
    • The driver must complete a Practice Driving Log a minimum of 60 hours of practice driving, 10 hours of which must be completed at night.
    • The driver is not permitted to drive between the hours of 12:00 A.M. (midnight) and 6:00 A.M., unless the driver can demonstrate a good cause for driving, such as emergencies, school-, or work-related activities.

Kentucky Provisional License

  • Step 1. You must hold your driving permit for a minimum of 180 days.
  • Step 2. Take a driving skills test. Appointment may be necessary.
    • The vehicle to be used must be properly registered.
    • Proof of liability is required.
  • Step 3: Parent or guardian must certify that the driver has completed 60 hours of driving of which 10 hours occured at night.
  • Step 4. If you have successfully passed the road test administered by the Kentucky State Police examiner, the examiner will place an “Intermediate License” sticker on your driver’s permit.
  • Step 5: The driver must comply with the following:
    • The driver is not permitted to drive between the hours of 12:00 A.M. (midnight) and 6:00 A.M., unless the driver can demonstrate a good cause for driving, such as emergencies, school-, or work-related activities.
    • If the driver is convicted of a moving traffic violation as indicated in KRS 186, 189, and 189A, they will have to restart the 180 day waiting period.
    • Except when accompanied by a driver training instructor affiliated with a driver training school licensed under KRS Chapter 332 or a public or nonpublic secondary school, a person with an intermediate license who is under the age of eighteen (18) years shall not operate a motor vehicle at any time when accompanied by more than one (1) unrelated person who is under the age of twenty (20) years.  

Full Unrestricted Driver’s License

  • Step 1: Must have held the intermediate license for a minimum of 180 days.
  • Step 2: Show proof of completion of your Driver's Ed program.
  • Step 3: Pay the driver's license fee.

 

Caveats and Exceptions to Getting your Kentucky Driver License

  • Permit or Intermediate license holders 18 years of age or older who have completed the driver education course requirement and held the permit for 180 days may apply for a full unrestricted license.
  • If the driver is convicted of a moving traffic violation as indicated in KRS 186, 189, and 189A, they will have to restart the 180 day waiting period.
  • Your driver's license will be suspended if you are younger than 18 years old and receive more than 6 points on your KY driving record or Older than 18 years old and record 12 points on your KY driving record.
  • If you do not pass the DMV road test, you must wait at least 7 days to retake it.
  • You must be at least 16 years old to apply for your Kentucky learner's permit.
  • All drivers under the age of 21 are subject to “Zero Alcohol Tolerance.”
  • Kentucky Driver's Licenses and Identification cards are issued in the Circuit Court Clerk's office in the Kentucky county of residence.

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