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How to Apply for a New Driver's License in Kentucky

You can apply for a new driver's license at your local [ Circuit Court Clerk's office]. Obtain a Kentucky Driver's Manual to familiarize with the driving rules and regulations.

NEW DRIVERS AND FIRST TIME APPLICANTS

Following are the basic requirements for applying for a Kentucky driver's license:

  1. Applicants must be 16 years or older.
  2. Any individual under 18 should provide parental consent and must have had the learner's permit for at least 180 days before applying for a provisional driver license. They must have completed the Graduated Licensing Program. For additional details, see Beginner Drivers and/or Learner's Permits for Beginner Drivers.
  3. Everyone must pass the vision, written, and driving tests. See Practice Tests and Driver's Handbook for more information on the written examination. Driver education programs can help individuals prepare for their road test.
  4. Applicants must provide birth certificate and social security card.
  5. Applicants must provide proof of Kentucky [ residency] and [ presence].

NEW RESIDENTS

Kentucky residents holding a valid driver's license from another state will not be required to test. However, like other applicants, new residents must provide proof of identification, residency and presence. Non-US citizens residing in Kentucky may apply for a Kentucky driver's license, as long as they can provide proof that they are legally authorized to be in the United States, and meet all the other [ requirements]. Note that a Kentucky driver's license issued to a foreign national will expire no later than the last date on which they are authorized to be in the United States by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. If you are a licensed driver from your country you can drive in Kentucky using this along with an international permit for upto a year.

FEES

The [ cost] for a non-commercial Kentucky driver's license ranges between $10 and $30.

VALIDITY

The validity of a Kentucky driver's license is based on the driver's age at the time the license was issued.
  • For drivers below 21, the license is valid until 90 days after their 21st birthday, after which it may be renewed.
  • For drivers above 21 years of age the license is valid until 31 days after their birthday, every four years, after which it may be renewed.

LEARNER'S LICENSE

With certain restrictions, an individual can legally drive in Kentucky with a learner's license. See more information on learner's licenses here.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Reviews of How to Apply for a New Driver's License in Kentucky

Is there an online service where I can fill in address info and give my current license number so that I have a KY license before I arrive?

How come it doesn't tell you what day of the week that you can come in and take the permit testing?

gotta wonder, went to the radcliff driver licence location and was told that since i was not a hardin county resident, they could not help me. might be useful to post that. Although, i have to wonder, i am not getting a county drivers licence, i am getting a KY licence - different county of residence, but still, a KY licence and they could not do it. That makes absolutely no sense what so ever.

Why doesn't this site make it easy to find locations for renewing a driver's license?

 

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