GDL Steps to Obtaining a License
Step 1 - Permit Phase

  • You must be 16 years of age to take the written knowledge test and a vision test.
  • You will need your social security card, an original or certified birth certificate and proof of residence. Acceptable documents for proof of Kentucky residence, are a utility bill or agreement, mortgage documents, postmarked letter with driver's name and current address, deed or property tax bill, or a rental housing agreement. A PO Box is not acceptable; it must be the physical address.
  • For persons under 18, a parent or guardian must sign the application, taking financial responsibility for the applicant. A legal guardian must have a certified copy of guardianship papers.​
  • If under age 18, must present a School Compliance Verification Form issued by their school. (No Pass / No Drive Law -KRS 159.051 effective 8/1/2007)

If You Pass the Permit Test:

  • An “Under 21” distinctive permit will be issued.
  • Applicants under the age of 21 must hold the driving permit for a minimum of 180 days. Applicants over the age of 21 must hold the driving permit for a minimum of 30 days.
  • You may drive only when accompanied in the front passenger seat by a licensed driver who is age 21 or older.
  • Permit drivers under the age of 18 must complete a minimum of 60 hours of practice driving, 10 of which must occur at night. (Practice Driving Log and Verification Form).​
  • Permit holders under the age of 18 are not allowed to drive between the hours of 12 midnight and 6:00 am, unless the driver can demonstrate a good cause for driving such as emergencies, school or work related activities.
  • Permit holders under the age of 18 receiving a moving traffic violation conviction under KRS 186, 189, 189A. will have to restart the 180 Permit License waiting period.
  • Permit holders under 18 shall not operate a motor vehicle at any time with more than 1 unrelated person under 20 years of age in the vehicle.
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is prohibited. All drivers under the age of 21 are subject to “Zero Alcohol Tolerance” (Defined as .02 Blood Alcohol Concentration).
  • Drivers who receive a permit before 18 years of age must complete one of the following New Driver Education Programs before being eligible to apply for a full unrestricted license:
    • Graduated License Course (Free 4 hour course provided by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in the drivers home county)
    • High School Drivers Education Course or a similar course offered by a Kentucky Community College, Vocational School or Job Corps.
    • Private Driver Training course at a Division of Driver License approved driver training school.
  • All drivers are subject to Kentucky’s point system. A driver under the age of 18 who accumulates more than 6 points, or a driver age 18 and over who accumulates 12 points may have their driving privilege suspended.
  • No serious moving violations for those under the age of 18.
  • Buckle Up, it’s the Law! Everyone in the vehicle must wear a seatbelt at all times.
If You Do Not Pass the Permit Test:
  • You may try again the next available testing day.
  • Applicants can take the written test a total of six (6) times. If you fail the written test six (6) times, you must wait six (6) months before trying again.