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    Get a Learner Permit in Kentucky

    New drivers older than 16 years old 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 Kentucky 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 permit test with ease.

    B) Gather Required Documents and 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 years old, 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 office. Be prepared to also take a vision test.

    For more information call (502) 564-1257.

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