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Driver's Permit


Kentucky Learner's Permit Requirements


To get your driver's permit in the state of Kentucky, you must be at least 16 years old, and you'll need to provide the following to a Circuit Clerk’s office near you:

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


If you're under 18 years old:

  • Your parent must give consent by signing your application form.
  • You must also submit a School Compliance Verification form issued by your school.  You must see Mrs. Lauren Hawks or a counselor prior to the day you plan to take your test to get a parent release form.  Once your parent or guardian has signed that form, return it to the office at least one day prior to test day.  At that point, we will check your grades and attendance to see if you qualify.  If you do, we will issue a school compliance verification form which you will take with you on the day of your test.  It is very important that you get these forms signed and turned in prior to test day. 


Driver's Education in Kentucky

If you're younger than 18 years old, you must complete a driver's education program once you obtain your learner's permit. This program can be one of the following:


  • Graduated License Course lasting 4 hours. (This course provided by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in your county.)
  • High school Driver’s Ed course or a similar course provided by a KY community college, job corps or vocational school.
  • Private driver training course provided by an approved driver's training school.


For more information, please refer to our Driver’s Ed in Kentucky page.


Taking the Written Permit Test

To obtain your Kentucky learner's permit, you will need to pass a written exam. You will be tested on your knowledge about traffic laws, road signs, and safe driving techniques.  The questions on the exam are based on information taken from the Kentucky Driver Manual. In order to pass the test, you'll need to answer at least 80% of the questions correctly.


Pass The Written Test On Your First Try

To help you prepare for the test, the DDL provides a basic practice test.