Goal: Verify legal status in the U.S. and documentation authenticity/information prior to applying for a Kentucky driver's license.

How to apply

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ( USCIS )
  • KRS 186.412 requires all non-US citizens wishing to apply for a Kentucky driver's license or ID card to make application to a Division of Driver Licensing regional office. This excludes permanent residents. Once the Division of Driver Licensing approves the application, the license/ ID card will be issued from the Circuit Court Clerk's office in the county where the applicant resides.
  • "Permanent Residents" or "Resident Aliens" may go directly to the Circuit Court Clerk's office for licensing. They must present their Permanent Resident card or I-551 with photo issued by USCIS.
  • All non-US citizens may drive in the U.S. on their valid foreign license and International Permit for up to one year from the date of admission into the U.S. provided their home country is part of the Foreign License Receiprocity. Drivers from non-Foreign License Reciprocity Countries must obtain a Kentucky license within 30 days of establishing residency in Kentucky.

Required Documentation

  • A non U.S. citizen must present all of his or her USCIS documents to Driver Licensing personnel, such as Visa with I-94, Employment Authorization Card (I-688A or I688B or I-766) or I-94 with stamped picture. College students must also present an I-20 form completed by university, along with a letter from the Universities Registrars Office, stating enrolled full-time and in good standing. J-1 exchange visitors must have form DS2019.
  • Applicants on work related Visa (excluding Employment Authorization Cards) must show proof of employment within the last 30 days (i.e., payroll check, verification on company letterhead). The spouse of someone with a work status visa (if in the U.S. on a dependent Visa) must show spouses Visa, I-94 and proof of employment.
  • Non U.S. citizens must also provide either a social security card, or ineligibility letter from the Social Security Administration.  Please note, ITIN's will no longer be accepted in lieu of a social security card or ineligibilty letter.  

Residency Requirements

All non-US citizens must also provide proof of residency in Kentucky. Kentucky law defines "residency" as a person who has established Kentucky as his or her state of domicile within the last 30 days. Proof of residency shall include, but not be limited to, a deed or property tax bill, utility agreement or utility bill or housing agreement.

Testing

All non U.S. citizens applying for a first time Kentucky license, with the exception of permanent residents, are required to take the written, vision, and road tests. This includes transfer drivers holding a valid license from another state or country. Drivers holding a valid out of state license, or a valid license from a foreign reciprocity country, will not be required to hold a permit. Non U.S. citizens already licensed in Kentucky are not required to retest, but they must be approved by Division of Driver Licensing.

Available Testing Languages for Written Permit Test

  •  Albanian
  •  Arabic
  •  Bosnian
  •  Cambodian
  •  Chinese
  •  Croatian
  •   English
  •  French
  •  German
  •  Indian (Hindi)
  •  Japanese
  •  Korean
  •  Laotian
  •  Persian
  •  Polish
  •  Romanian
  •  Russian
  •  Somali
  •   Spanish
  •  Thai
  •  Turkish
  •  Vietnamese

License Expiration

A license or ID card issued to a non U.S. citizen will be issued to expire with their USCIS documents. Exceptions to this are "Special Status Individuals" (Asylee, Refugee, Paroled in Public Interest, or K-1). These individuals will receive a 4 year license or ID. If the persons USCIS documents are issued for an indefinite period of time, but the person is not considered a "Special Status", the license or ID will be valid for a 2 year period.

Fraudulent Documents

 Warning: A person presenting false information regarding citizenship, residency or immigration status under KRS 186.570 will be denied or suspended and prosecuted.

 

Applications

​Field Offices

Office Address Numbers Hours
Bowling Green 1001 Center Street, Suite 104 
Bowling Green, KY 42101
 (270)746-7493 
 (270)746-7038 
 (270)746-7494
8:00-4:00 M-F CENTRAL 
Non-US Citizens applications are processed Monday - Friday from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm - Central Time.
Catlettsburg 3000 Louisa Street, Suite 2
Catlettsburg, KY 41129
 (606)739-6234 
 (606)739-6016
8:00-4:00 M-F EASTERN 
Non-US Citizens applications are processed Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, call for appointment if possible.
Elizabethtown 2819 Ring Road, Suite 201
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
 270-766-5230 
 270-766-5231 
 270-766-5232
8:00-4:00 M-F 
Non-US Citizens applications are processed Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm - Central Time.
Florence 8120 Dream Street Suite A
Florence, KY 41042
 859-431-1072 
 859-431-1271 
 859-431-1289
8:00-4:00 M-F 
Non-US Citizens applications are processed Monday - Friday 8:00 - 11:00 am and 1:00 - 2:30 pm.
Frankfort Kentucky Transportation Cabinet 
Division of Driver Licensing
200 Mero Street 2nd Floor
Frankfort, KY 40622
 502-564-1257 
 844-930-0102
8:00-4:00 M-F 
Non-US Citizens applications are processed Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 3:30 pm - Eastern Time.
Hazard Perry County Courthouse 
481 Main Street, 2nd Floor
Hazard, KY 41702
 606-435-6010 
 606-435-6011
8:00-4:00 M-F 
Non-US Citizens applications are processed Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 2:30 pm, call for appointment if possible.
Lexington 1591 Winchester Rd.
Lexington, KY  40505
 
 859-246-2153 
 859-246-2154 
 859-246-2155
8:00-4:00 M-F 
Non-US Citizen applications are processed Monday - Friday 8:00 - 2:30.
Louisville Buechel Station Shopping Center 
4109 Bardstown Road, Unit 105 
Louisville, KY 40218
502-493-1477 
 502-493-0831 
 502-493-0406 
 502-493-8443 
 502-493-4817
8:00-4:00 M-F 
Non-US Citizens applications are processed Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Madisonville 10 South Main Street 
2nd Floor Room 26 
Madisonville, KY 42431
 270-824-7040 
 270-824-7041 
 270-824-7042
8:00-4:00 M-F CENTRAL 
Non-US Citizens applications are processed Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm - Central Time.
Paducah 2855 Jackson Street, Suite C.
Paducah, KY 42001
 270-575-7035 
 270-575-7036 
 270-575-7024
8:00-4:00 M-F CENTRAL 
Non-US Citizens applications are processed Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm - Central Time.
Prestonsburg Floyd County Justice Center 
127 South Lake Dr. (1st Floor) 
PO BOX 1529 
Prestonburg, KY 41653
 606-889-1648 
 606-889-1649 
 606-889-1674
8:00-4:00 M-F 
Non-US Citizens applications are processed Monday - Thursday from 9:00 am - 11:00 am and 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm by appointment only.
Somerset 650 North Main St, Suite 228B
228B Somerset, KY 42501
 606-677-4183 
 606-677-4184
8:00-4:00 M-F 
Non-US Citizens applications are processed Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Flemingsburg Fleming County Courthouse 
101 North Main Cross Street 
Flemingsburg, KY 41041
 606-845-7011  By Appointment only
Non-US Citizens applications are processed by appointment only.
Morehead Rowan County Judicial Center 
700 West Main Street 
Morehead, KY 40351
 606-784-4574  By Appointment only
Non-US Citizens applications are processed by appointment only.
Owensboro Daviess County Judicial Center
100 East Second Street
First Floor, Room 157
Owensboro, KY 42301
 270-687-7200 
9:00-2:00 CENTRAL Tue & Thu 
Non-US Citizens applications are processed Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm CENTRAL.
Pikeville Pike County Courthouse 
Hall of Justice 
89 Division Street, 3rd Floor 
Pikeville, KY 41501
 606-433-7563 
 606-433-1363
Friday, by appointment only 
Non-US Citizens applications are processed Friday, by appointment only.
Richmond 351 West Main Street
Room 316
Richmond, KY 40475
 859-624-2797 
8:00-12:00 Tuesdays 
Non-US Citizens applications are processed Tuesdays, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm.
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