✅ Updated September 2020

Ultimate guide to transferring your out-of-state driver's license to Kentucky

Here's the ultimate guide to transferring your out-of-state license to Kentucky. We've simplified the entire process for you so you can save time. This page is geared toward people who've moved to Kentucky but have a driver license from another US state. If you have an international license, visit our Kentucky driver's license page.

 

What You’ll Need to Transfer your Out-of-State Driver License to Kentucky

  • School Compliance Verification form from school if under 18 years old.
  • Driver’s License - ID card Application
  • Surrender your out-of-state driver's permit/license.
  • Document showing your Kentucky residency.
  • Document showing your Social Security Number
  • Document showing your Full Name
  • Document showing your Birth date (birth certificate)
  • Payment for the fee.

 

What You’ll Do to Transfer your Out-of-State Driver License to Kentucky

  • Step 1. Visit your local Circuit County Clerk’s Office in your county of residence.
  • Step 2. Submit all the documents needed.
  • Step 3. Surrender your out-of-state driver’s permit/license.
  • Step 4. Take the written test and vision test if your out-of-state license is expired.
  • Step 5. Make  payment. 
  • Step 6. Wait for your license/permit to be issued.

 

Caveats and Exceptions to Transferring your Out-of-State Driver License to Kentucky

  • Individuals moving into Kentucky have 30 days to obtain a Kentucky Driver’s License.
  • You must be 16 years old to transfer your driving permit or license to Kentucky.
  • If your out-of-state license is valid you are not required to test.
  • If your out-of-state license is expired for 1 year or more, you must provide a current driving record or clearance letter from the state you are transferring from.

 

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