License Reinstatement

  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​No testing is required for persons suspended for less than one (1) year.​

  • Eye and written tests are required BEFORE reinstatement for drivers suspended for more than one (1) year.​

  • Any time your driving privilege is suspended, a $40.00 reinstatement/re-licensing fee may be required.

  • If paying by certified check or money order, make payable to the "Kentucky State Treasurer."

  • ​Please refer to your suspension notice from the Division of Driver Licensing to see if a reinstatement fee will be required.

Kentucky State Police oversee all written and road testing throughout Kentucky. Click here to schedule an appointment.​


1. Pay online with a debit/credit card

  • Will need contact information and driver's license number

  • ​Applicant must use a valid Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express (debit or credit cards can be used). A small processing fee will be collected for online renewals. (1.5% for debit cards and 2.75% for credit cards).​

​2. Pay in person at any Driver Licensing Regional Office​

  • Appointments are highly encouraged, but limited walk-ins are available on a case-by-case basis.

​​​3. Pay by Mail

  • Include name, Driver's License number, and a certified check or money order made payable to the "Kentucky State Treasurer.

  • Mail payment and information to:​

     Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
    Division of Driver Licensing​​
    Attn: Central Section​​
    200 Mero Street
    Frankfort, KY 40622​

4. Pay by Phone

  • You can pay a reinstatement fee over the phone by calling KYTC at 502-564-1257. ​

Payment of a reinstatement fee does not guarantee the reinstatement of your driving privilege. You must meet ALL requirements of the suspension


​CDL reinstatement fees cannot paid online at this time.​

If your license has been suspended for over one (1) year, you will need to meet all the requirements of the suspension, pay the reinstatement fee, and schedule an appointment with the Kentucky State Police​ to retake the written and vision tests.​

​Suspension notices are mailed to the address as it appears on your license/identification card when the suspension is issued. If you have moved and have not notified the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet of your new address (as required by law), you may not receive your written notice of suspension.​

​The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet does not accept payments for fines. These must be paid directly to the court in the county where you received the ticket. While you can pay a reinstatement fee before paying your fine, your license will not be active until ALL requirements are met. ​

​Once a suspension for failure to pay a fine on a ticket or a citation goes into effect, you must meet ALL requirements for reinstatement. In addition to paying your fine to the court, you must pay a reinstatement fee to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. You cannot be reinstated if you have paid your fine but have not paid your reinstatement fee. There is no statute of limitations on driver suspensions as they remain in effect until all requirements have been met and the Driver Licensing Division has issued a notice of reinstatement.​

​Since 1996, the federal government has required that all states participate in a program that prevents individuals who have had a suspension issued to them in one state (or more than one state) from obtaining a license in another. A nationwide system tracks all drivers (or potential drivers) to prevent the issuance of a license to a suspended person.​