Parent Guardian Role & Responsibility

It is up to the Parents/Guardians to decide when their teen is ready to drive. Drivers under the age of 18 can not apply for a permit or license without the signature of a parent or guardian accepting responsibility. By signing the application form, the parent/guardian is jointly liable with the applicant for any damages. Parent/Guardian must complete the form at the Circuit Clerks office, so that an official can witness the signature and verify guardianship. (Must provide birth certificate or guardianship papers signed by the judge.)

A Parent/Guardian has the right to withdraw their responsibility at any time. The Parent/Guardian Withdrawal of Responsibility form must be completed and submitted to the Circuit Clerks office. Once this is received and entered the minor’s permit or license will be cancelled until another application form accepting responsibility is signed.

Kentucky drivers under the age of 18 must go through three phases of licensing: Learner’s Permit, Intermediate License, and then a Full Unrestricted License.

Before a teen driver can advance to the Intermediate License phase, the Parent/Guardian must document and sign the driving log and verification form certifying the driver has completed 60 hours of practice driving, 10 of which must occur at night.

Tools for Parents & Guardians

Parents/Guardians play a very important role in their teens licensing process. Parents become role models, teachers, monitors and supervisors when their teen is learning to drive. Below are some tools to help you and your teen through the licensing process:

  • Parent Guide
  • Parent-Teen Driver Agreement
  • Practice Driving Log
  • A Guide For First Time Drivers
  • Teen Driver - A Family Guide to Teen Driver Safety
  • KY Drivers Manual

Parents can help reduce the risk of motor vehicle crashes, especially fatal crashes, by getting involved in your teen’s driver education.

Driver Education Training

Drivers whose permits were issued under the age of 18 are required to complete a Driver Education program before moving to the full unrestricted licensing phase. When the new driver passes the written test, the license examiner will forward the driver’s information to the Division of Driver Licensing to enroll in an education course in their county. The course offered by the Transportation Cabinet is a free, 4-hour course on driver safety. A letter will be sent to the driver with information on the education course. You should contact the Division of Driver Licensing at (502) 564-1257 if you have any questions.

If the driver has already completed a high school driver’s education course or Driver License approved driver training school course, the driver will need to provide a copy of the completion to:

ATTN: Driver Education
Division of Driver Licensing
200 Mero St
Frankfort, KY 40622
Fax to (502) 564-0839

Please make sure that your Driver license number, Name and Date of Birth are on the completion. It is the responsibility of the driver to supply the Division of Driver Licensing with the completion information.

To see if you are eligible for the intermediate or full unrestricted license, visit