Apply for a Kentucky Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
Commercial licensing is complicated. Applying for a CDL can be easy with our KY guide to your CDL.
Basic Requirements For A Commercial Driver’s Permit/License
- Provide your current, valid Kentucky Driver’s license.
- Provide a valid Department of Transportation medical certificate. Visit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to obtain a form and for more information.
- Provide birth certificate.
- Provide proof of Kentucky residency.
- Provide your Social security number.
Steps To Apply For A CDL Permit/License
- Fill out the CDL application form (TC 94-32) and submit to the local Circuit Court Clerk’s office.
- Pay a $24 application fee.
- Pass the CDL knowledge test either in written or oral form. The knowledge tests are given by the Kentucky State Police at the local exam stations. 80% of the questions must be answered correctly for a pass. See the CDL Manual for more information.
- Pass vision screening test.
Once you do all these you will be issued an instruction permit which is valid for six months. The fee for an instruction permit is $11. Once you have held the instruction permit for 10 days you may schedule a road skills test with the Kentucky State Police after paying the $50 skills testing fee. If you pass the skills test you will be issued a Commercial Driver’s license.
Note: It is a good idea to enroll in a Commercial driver’s education program even though Kentucky doesn’t have any minimal training requirements.
An original Kentucky Commercial Driver’s License fee can be up to $40 – prorated according to current operator’s expiration. Adding endorsements or dropping restrictions will cost extra.
All applicants are required to undergo a “hot file” check conducted by the Kentucky state police and have to pay a $3 fee towards this.
The following is a list of endorsements you can get on your CDL:
- Hazardous Material (Class H).
- Tank Vehicles (Class N).
- Passenger-Carrying Vehicle (Class P).
- School Bus (Class S).
- Towing a Double or Triple Trailer (Class T).
Federal Guidelines For Interstate Drivers
The following is a list of federal requirements for interstate drivers.
- Certify that you are in agreement with state motor carrier safety regulations. See Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for more information.
- Have the correct class of license. See Commercial Driver license information for more details.
- See Kentucky’s Commercial Driver’s Manual for more information on state regulations and guidelines.
- If you already have a CDL, see CDL renewal.
- For more information regarding test centers and hours and locations see your local TC office.
- See Kentucky’s Commercial Driver’s Manual for knowledge exam information.