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Kentucky Learners Permit

Kentucky Learners Permit

Kentucky learners permit is the first steps towards achieving your Kentucky drivers license. Although the learners permit does not allow you to drive a vehicle on your own, it allows for supervised driving until you obtain your unrestricted Kentucky drivers license.

Kentucky GDL

Just like many other states, Kentucky supports the graduated drivers license program. Although the drivers permit restrictions for underage permit holders in Kentucky are not as strict as in other states, there are still certain requirements that must be met by everyone who’s under 18 years of age. Some of the requirements include a curfew, passenger restrictions and a minimum amount of supervised driving before the Kentucky permit holder can apply for the drivers license. These restrictions do not apply to drivers who are over 18 years old.

Prepare For Your Permit Test

When you will be applying for your Kentucky learners permit, you will be required to take the written permit exam that will assess your current knowledge of traffic rules and regulations. You can prepare for the exam by taking some permit practice tests and reading the drivers manual.

Although you are not obliged to take a drivers education class, you are strongly advised to do so. Drivers education classes can help you learn much faster and train you into the habits of safe driving.

Apply for Kentucky Drivers Permit

In order to apply for the Kentucky learners permit, you need to be at least 16 years old. You will need to visit the Kentucky Divison of Driver Licensing (DDL) for the application. When at the DDL, you must:

  • Present your birth certificate
  • Present your social security card
  • Pay the required fee (currently $12)
  • Take your vision exam
  • Take your written permit test

Please note that if you are under 18 years of age, you need to come with your parent or legal guardian so they can express their consent.

Permit Holding Period

You are required to hold your drivers permit for a certain period of time before you can apply for the Kentucky drivers license. If you are under the age of 21, you must hold your Kentucky learners permit for at least 180 days. Drivers license applicants 21 years old or older need to hold the drivers permit for at least 30 days.