Kentucky Driver’s Permit

Kentucky Driving PermitFor specific information for your location, search your county in the area provided to the right.
Requirements for Obtaining a Permit/License
  • An individual must be at least 16 years of age to apply for a permit/license.
  • All new applicants must complete the required written, vision and skills tests administered by the Kentucky State Police before obtaining a permit/license
  • If the applicant is under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must sign the Driver License/Identification Card application form. This form is available in Adobe PDF format here.
  • If the applicant is under the age of 18, a School Compliance Verification form from the student’s school district must be presented. (reference No Pass/No Drive Law- KRS 159.051).  When the under 18 applicant reports to the Circuit Clerk office in their county of residence, their accompanying  parent or legal guardian will be required to sign the Parent/Guardian Signature form.
Kentucky state law requires an application for a driver’s license to contain the following:
  1. Applicant’s full legal name.
  2. Applicant’s date of birth.
  3. Applicant’s Social Security number.
  4. Proof of the applicant’s Kentucky residency.
Acceptable documents for the purpose of providing this information include, but may not be limited to, the following: (photo copies are not acceptable).
  • For full legal name and date of birth- Birth Certificate.
  • For Social Security number- Social Security card (laminated cards not accepted).
  • For proof of address- Utility bill, mortgage documents, rental agreements.
For further information, please contact your local Circuit Clerk’s office.
Requirements for Social Security Number and Birth Certificate Verification
  • The name on your driver license should be your legal name, if not you will need to take a copy of your birth certificate or a legal document showing your name change to the clerk’s office to have your driver license information corrected.
  • If your social security card does not contain your legal name you will need to go to your local Social Security Administration field office to have your information updated in the Federal Social Security Administration database.
  • If your driver license has your new married name, but your social security card does not, you will need to go to your local Social Security Administration field office to have a social security card issued with your new last name.
  • New drivers must pass a vision, written and skills test to be issued a driver license.
  • No tests are required for persons transferring to Kentucky. with valid driving privileges, except persons transferring from foreign countries.
  • No testing is required for persons suspended less than one year.
  • Eye and written tests are required for drivers suspended for more than one year.
  • Any driver suspended or expired for more than five (5) years will start as a new driver.
  • All driver testing is performed by the Kentucky State Police on scheduled days at circuit clerks offices. (Call for an appointment).  KSP Driver Testing schedules by county can be found at