Young Drivers

STEP 1 - PERMIT TEST

Manuals covering Kentucky rules for driving are available from your county's Circuit Court Clerk's office or the State Police.

You must be 16 years of age to take the written knowledge test, and a vision test will also be administered. You will need your social security card, birth certificate, and for persons under 18, a parent or guardian to sign the application.

IF YOU DO NOT PASS THE PERMIT TEST...

  • You may try again the next available testing day.

IF YOU PASS THE PERMIT TEST...

  • You may drive only when accompanied by a driver at least 21 years old. For teens under 18, driving is restricted from midnight to 6:00 AM.
  • You must have your permit for at least 180 days before taking the driving skills test.
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is prohibited. A new "zero alcohol tolerance" level of .02 blood alcohol concentration (BAC) has been established for all drivers under the age of 21.

STEP 2 - DRIVING SKILLS TEST

Testing times and locations are available from the Circuit Clerk's Office in your county of residence. An appointment may be necessary.

The motor vehicle you use for testing must be properly registered and proof of liability insurance is required.

IF YOU DO NOT PASS THE DRIVING SKILLS TEST...

  • You must wait one week before taking the test again.

IF YOU PASS THE DRIVING SKILLS TEST...

  • You enter the "provisional privileges phase" (from permit date to age 18) and a license will be issued to you. For persons under the age of 21, a distinctive "under 21" license will be issued.
  • All drivers are subject to Kentucky's point system, where a number of points are assessed to persons committing vehicular violations. Upon accumulation of 7 points or more (for persons under 18) or 12 points or more (for persons over 18), a hearing is conducted by the Transportation Cabinet and the driver faces either probation or suspension of driving privileges.
  • All drivers under 21 are subject to zero alcohol tolerance (defined as .02 BAC).

ARRIVE ALIVE! USE GOOD JUDGEMENT!

STEP 3 - EDUCATION

A 4-hour Graduated Licensing education course must be completed within one year AFTER obtaining the license.

The Transportation Cabinet will conduct free education courses in every Kentucky County. High school driver education class, and Transportation Cabinet approved private driving school courses are also acceptable, in place of the Cabinet's 4-hour course. You will need to provide the Division of Driver Licensing with a copy of your certificate.

Adult licensing privileges begin at age 18, with exception of zero alcohol tolerance.

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