Your Guide to Getting a Kentucky Driver's License
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
Getting a driver's license is a significant milestone, granting you the freedom to navigate the roads of Kentucky. However, the process involves multiple steps, from providing the necessary documentation to passing various tests. This guide aims to simplify the procedure, outlining what you need to know and do to get behind the wheel legally in the Bluegrass State.
Eligibility and Required Documents
To apply for a driver's license in Kentucky, you'll need to provide several documents:
One proof of identity document.
One proof of Social Security number. First-time and out-of-state applicants must bring their Social Security card.
One proof of Kentucky residency dated less than one year. Two proofs are required for a REAL ID.
One name change document, if applicable.
For persons under 18, a School Compliance Verification Form issued by their school.
Note: Photocopies of these documents will not be accepted.
Steps to Obtain a License
Before you can get your permit or license, you must complete the required written, vision, and skills tests administered by the Kentucky State Police. The process varies depending on your age:
Under Age 18: Specific guidelines apply.
Over Age 18: Different procedures.
Over Age 21: Separate rules.
Transferring from Another State: Requirements differ.
Non-US Citizen: Special conditions.
Veteran's Designation: Additional options.
If you're not interested in driving but still need a form of identification, you can obtain an ID card for a fee of $11.50. The requirements are similar to those for a driver's license.
Kentucky Child ID Program
Kentucky offers a "Child ID" Program for applicants aged 2 to 15 years. This program works closely with the Kentucky State Police "Missing Persons Clearinghouse" and the Amber Alert System.
Free Voter ID Card
A free voter ID card can be obtained at any Driver Licensing Regional Office, provided you meet certain eligibility criteria.
Homeless Identification Card
Kentucky also offers an ID card for homeless residents, with specific requirements for proof of residency.
National Driver Register
Kentucky uses the National Driver Register to check if a driver's driving privilege is suspended in any other state before issuing a license.
Emergency Contact Registration
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has an online service allowing license, permit, and ID holders to designate a preferred contact for emergencies.
Obtaining a driver's license in Kentucky involves multiple steps and requires various documents. Whether you're a teen driver, an adult, or a senior, understanding the process can make your journey to becoming a licensed driver smoother.