11Jun 2015

Kentucky Driver’s Permits

In Kentucky, the Transportation Cabinet’s Division of Driver Licensing (DDL) is responsible for issuing of driver permits. DDL requires all teenage drivers to enroll in the graduated driver licensing (GDL) program before obtaining a driver’s license. The first step of the graduated driver licensing program is obtaining a learner’s permit.

Kentucky Learner’s Permit

You must be at least 16 years old to get your driver’s permit in the state of Kentucky. To apply you will need to see a Circuit Clerk’s office near you and provide the following:

  • A completed Driver License – ID Card Application (Form TC 94-30).
  • Proof of Kentucky residency (e.g. mobile phone bill).
  • Proof of your Social Security number
  • Proof of identity birth certificate

If you are 18 years old and below, you will have to submit a school compliance form and your must have consent from your parents (by signing your application form).

While holding a learner’s permit, you must adhere to a number of restrictions which include: you are not allowed to drive between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m., if you are under 18 years old you must not have more than one passenger who is unrelated, you can only drive while accompanied by a licensed driver who is older than 21 years and all occupants in the vehicle must wear seat belts.

Your Intermediate Driver’s License

For you to be eligible, you have to meet the following requirements:

  • Have had your learner’s permit for more than six months
  • Have successfully completed your behind-the-wheel driving requirements (60 hours of driving practice, including 10 hours during the night)
  • Have completed a Driver’s Ed course.

If you fail the DMV road test, you will have to wait for one week to retake it. However if you fail for more than six times then you will have to wait for six months to retake it.  In addition you must not have had Kentucky learner’s permit suspended or committed any serious moving violations.

While holding your intermediate driver’s license in Kentucky, you are not allowed to drive between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m. (unless it is an emergency) or drive with more than one passenger who is younger than 20 years old and unrelated.

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