How can I obtain a Permit and a License in Kentucky?
All drivers in the Commonwealth of Kentucky must be licensed in order to operate a motor vehicle. Special rules apply to drivers under the age of 18. Drivers under the age of 18 must first pass the Graduate Licensing Program (GLP). The GLP consists of three phases.
The Permit Phase
In this phase, the driver must meet the following requirements:
The Intermediate Phase
Once the driver completes the permit phase, the intermediate phase begins:
If all of the above criteria are met, a Kentucky Driver's License will be issued to the driver.
Note that Kentucky has an under-21 DUI statute in place. Please read the relevant section for more information.
For more information on the GLP, call the Graduated Licensing Office at (502) 564-1257, or (859) 622-2446.
The Licensing Phase
In order to apply for a Kentucky Driver's License, the driver must be 16, and must not have had their driving privilege withdrawn in this or any other state. You can begin the process in the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office in your county of residence. Please bring the following items when you apply:
You will then complete the road test. Note that a road test is not required for a moped license. After passing the required tests, you will return to the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office where you will be issued an instruction permit. This permit is valid for three years and may be renewed. If the permit is not renewed within one year of the expiration date of the previous permit, the written and vision tests must be repeated.
Here is a link to an Driver's Permit Practice Test and Another Driver's Permit Practice Test.
You may apply for the road skills test 180 days from the issue date of the first permit, if you are under the age of 21. Permit holders ages 16 and 17, must meet the Graduated Driver License Program requirements before a road test will be administered. If you are age 21 or over, you must hold your permit 30 days before being eligible to take the road test. Please check with the local Examiner or Circuit Court Clerk for the testing availability in your county.
If you fail the road test, you are required by law to wait seven days before another test can be administered. If you fail the road test six times, you must wait six months before another test will be given. You will then have only two attempts to pass the test.
Once you have passed the road skills test, the Examiner will record the results and send you back to the Circuit Clerk’s Office for your license to be issued. Drivers under age 18 will receive intermediate status after successful completion of the road test.
BEST OF LUCK!
If you need help with the licensing process, or if your license has been revoked because of a DUI or some other reason, please give the GUI Guy a call. He can help. (502) 931-6788.