Here's What to Do

We've come up with a simple checklist for anyone who has recently moved into our wonderful Commonwealth.

Driver Licensing

 Important: Everyone relocating to Kentucky needs to transfer their license or identification card within 10 days of establishing residence.

Requirements for Obtaining a Permit / License

  • An individual must be at least 16 years of age to apply for a permit/license
  • All new applicants must complete the required written, vision and skills tests administered by the Kentucky State Police before obtaining a permit/license
  • If the applicant is under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must sign the Driver's License/Identification Card application form​
  • If the applicant is under the age of 18, a School Compliance Verification form from the student's school district must be presented. (reference: No Pass/No Drive Law)
What do I need to apply for a Driver's License?
Kentucky state law requires an application for a Driver's License to contain the following:
 Important: Photocopies of items needed for proving an identity are not accepted as replacement for the actual items needed.

Out-of-State Permit Holders

  • A valid permit holder from another state must be at least 16 years of age to drive in Kentucky
  • Must be accompanied by a licensed adult at least 21 years of age
  • Driving is restricted between 12:00am (midnight) and 6:00am for those drivers who are under age 18
  • 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
 Note: For further information, please contact your local Circuit Court Clerk's office.

Titling your Vehicle

no-liquid-paper.png Warning: Do not use liquid paper/white out on your title. Do not scratch through or mark out information on the title. Do not erase or mutilate. Provide an affidavit with new information signed and notarized.

Applying for Title for the first time

For In-State Vehicles:
  • Proof of Kentucky insurance (issue date within 45 days)
  • Photo ID
  • Completed(TC96-182) and signed-over Kentucky title. 
  • If your name on your title is different than your ID, you must provide an affidavit showing they are one and the same. A marriage license or divorce decree are good examples.  
Out of State:
  • Proof of Kentucky Insurance (issue date within 45 days)
  • Photo ID
  • Completed (TC96-182) and signed-over title. If your state only issues a registration or bill of sale, bring those in place of the signed-over title.
  • If your name on your title is different than your ID, you must provide an affidavit showing they are one and the same. A marriage license or divorce decree are good examples.  
 Note: If you have moved out of state, you must contact your county clerk to provide your new, out-of-state address.

Vehicle Registration

 Important: To obtain registration, your vehicle must first be titled in Kentucky.

Registering for the first time

Please visit the County Clerk's office in the Kentucky county of residence to renew your vehicle registration in person. When renewing your registration at the County Clerk's office be sure to bring:

  • Photo ID
  • Kentucky certificate of registration
  • Current original (not a copy) proof of Kentucky insurance effective date within 45 days
  • Money for fees and applicable taxes (check with your County Clerk's office for accepted forms of payment)
 Important: Out-of-State insurance is acceptable if the customer is Active Duty Military (that individual must be listed on the title of the vehicle). Examples of acceptable proof of Active Duty Military are: Active Military ID , a letter from the Provost Marshal, LES (pay stub).
 Note: The 45 day issue date requirement does not apply to: Military, Commercial, or Self-Insured policy types.