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Locate DMV Offices in Kentucky

You are legally required to have a valid driver’s license if you intend to operate a vehicle in the state of Kentucky, as is the case in every other state in the United States. However, you can locate a DMV office in Kentucky relatively easily. There are several ways you can do this. You can first search for DMV offices by county. You can also check out the map of DMV offices in the state of Kentucky to find a DMV location near you.

Driver’s Licenses for Drivers under 18

If you are a driver under the age of 18 in the state of Kentucky, you have to complete the Graduated Driver Licensing program if you are trying to get your original permit at age 16 or 17. You have to be at least 16 years old in order to take the knowledge and vision tests. If you pass these tests, you receive an ‘under 21’ permit and you must hold this permit for at least 180 days. A licensed driver at least 21 years old must be with you any time you drive and you have to complete a Practice Driving Log which includes 60 hours of practice driving.

At least 10 of these practice driving hours have to be completed at night. You also cannot drive between 12:00 AM and 6:00 AM unless you have a demonstrable good reason for doing so. You also have to restart the 180-day waiting period to get your full driver’s license if you are convicted of a moving traffic violation.

Applying for a Driver’s License in Kentucky

You first have to pass a skills test, vision test, and a written test. You have to include plenty of personal identifying information on your application for a driver’s license in Kentucky. This information includes your full legal name, date of birth, SSN, and proof of residency.

You should also have your Birth Certificate in order to verify your legal name and date of birth. Additionally, you should bring your Social Security card to verify your Social Security number. As previously mentioned, you have to pass a written test and a road test in addition to a vision test to obtain your driver’s license in Kentucky.

Renew Your Kentucky Driver’s License

You can renew your driver’s license in Kentucky by going to a Driver Licensing Regional Office or to your local Office of the Circuit Court Clerk. However, you can renew your Kentucky driver’s license online if you wish. You can do so by checking out the Kentucky Driver’s License Portal here. As long as there has not been a change of name or address and you do not need driver testing by Kentucky State Police, you can renew your driver’s license online in Kentucky.

Out-of-State Driver’s Licenses in Kentucky

First of all, you have 30 days to get a Kentucky driver’s license after you move to the state. You have to provide proof of Kentucky residency and present your valid out-of-state driver’s license in addition to your original Social Security card. You will also have to provide a valid birth certificate in order to transfer your out-of-state driver’s license.

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Jul 5, 2023