Kentucky Registration Information

The Bluegrass State

New to Kentucky? Get a driver's license.

  • To obtain a Kentucky driver's license, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of this country.
  • You must be at least 16 years of age to transfer your driving permit or license to Kentucky.
  • All Kentucky driver's licenses are issued in the Circuit Court Clerk's Office in the Kentucky county of residence.
  • Proof of Kentucky residency is required. Proof includes, but is not limited to, a deed or property tax bill, utility agreement or utility bill, or rental housing agreement.
  • Your valid out-of-state license, Social Security card and birth certificate must also be presented to the clerk.
  • If your out-of-state license is valid when you transfer to Kentucky, you will not be required to test.
  • If you do not have your valid license to turn in to the clerk, you must provide a current driving record or clearance letter from the state you are transferring from.
  • Out-of-state permit holders transferring to Kentucky must transfer their permit and be issued a Kentucky permit before applying for a Kentucky driver's license.
  • The type of license you apply for will determine the cost.