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

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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.


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].


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.


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


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.


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


Submitted by actualist1 on 6th May 2014

Is there an online service

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?

Submitted by babygirl5 on 2nd Oct 2015

would like to obtain kentucky

would like to obtain kentucky drivers license currently hold license in indiana

Submitted by Benjamin1 on 18th Mar 2013

How come it doesn't tell you

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

Submitted by mrusso9064 on 14th Dec 2012

gotta wonder, went to the

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.

Submitted by cbruggers on 4th Dec 2012

Why doesn't this site make it

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