This Step: Get a Learner Permit
Get a Learner Permit in Kentucky
New drivers older than 16 must pass a written knowledge test and a vision test to obtain a permit. Carefully go through the following steps for info on age-specific requirements.
A) Ace a Few DMV Practice Permit Tests
Prepare for the written exam by taking multiple online practice permit tests before heading to a nearby Kentucky licensing office. Sample test questions cover topics you’ll find on the actual KY learner’s permit exam.
In addition to passing some practice tests, thoroughly study the Kentucky Driving Manual. That way you will be prepared to breeze through the actual Division of Driver Licensing permit test with ease.
B) Gather Required Documents and Kentucky Permit Fees
When applying for a Kentucky permit, you must present the state with:
- Your Social Security card
- Your original or certified birth certificate
- Proof of Kentucky residence (acceptable documents include a utility bill or agreement, mortgage documents, postmarked letter with your name and current address, deed or property tax bill, or a rental housing agreement; P.O. boxes are not acceptable)
- Proper fees
If you are younger than 18, you must also:
- Have your parent or guardian sign your application (taking financial responsibility for you); a legal guardian has to present a certified copy of guardianship papers
- Present a School Compliance Verification Form issued by your school (if you are not passing school, you are not driving)
C) Take the Written Permit Test
With the above requirements in hand, head to a KY Division of Driver Licensing branch. Be prepared to also take a vision test.
If you pass, you’ll receive an “Under 21” distinctive permit. If you don’t pass, you can retest the next available testing day. You have six chances to pass. If after six tries, you still fail the test, you must wait another six months before trying again.