How to apply

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ( USCIS )
  • KRS 186.412 requires all non-U.S. citizens wishing to apply for a Kentucky driver's permit/license/ID card to make application to a Division of Driver Licensing Regional Field Office. This excludes permanent residents. Once the Division of Driver Licensing approves the application, the Kentucky driver's permit/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-U.S. 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 Reciprocity. Drivers from non-Foreign License Reciprocity Countries must obtain a Kentucky license within 30 days of establishing residency in Kentucky.
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Required Documentation

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If a driver does not see their status listed, they are asked to present all documentation proving they are legally allowed to be in the U.S. All documentation must be in original form and is subject to approval.

These statuses are subject to review and change as the Division of Driver Licensing continues to strengthen review procedures within the issuance process to non-U.S. citizens. Due to the complex nature of rules, interpretations, and laws, there may be occasions when exceptions may be made.

 Note: The Division of Driver Licensing no longer accepts ITIN (tax ID numbers). All applicants must now have either a Social Security card or a denial/ineligibility letter from the Social Security Administration.

Residency Requirements

All non-U.S. 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, property tax bill, utility agreement, utility bill, or housing agreement.

Testing

All non-U.S. citizens applying for a first time Kentucky permit/license 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. Permanent Residents with a valid license from a foreign reciprocity country will only be required to take the written/vision exam. Otherwise, all testing is required.

Available Testing Languages for Written Permit Test

  •  Albanian
  •  Arabic
  •  Bosnian
  •  Cambodian
  •  Chinese
  •  Croatian
  •  English
  •  French
  •  German
  •  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

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​Field Offices

Office Address Numbers Hours
Bowling Green 360 E 8th Avenue, Suite 111
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 during business hours.
Catlettsburg 2900 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 during business hours.
Columbia 363 Office Park Drive
Columbia, KY  42728
 
 270-290-6105 
 270-384-7240 
8:00-4:00 M-F CENTRAL 
Non-US Citizens applications are processed during business hours.
Elizabethtown 1055 North Mulberry
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
 270-740-5071 
 270-234-8820
8:00-4:00 M-F EASTERN 
Non-US Citizens applications are processed during business hours.
Florence 8120 Dream Street, Suite A
Florence, KY 41042
 859-431-1072 
 859-431-1271 
 859-431-1289
8:00-4:00 M-F EASTERN 
Non-US Citizens applications are processed during business hours.
Frankfort Kentucky Transportation Cabinet 
Division of Driver Licensing
200 Mero Street 2nd Floor
Frankfort, KY 40622
 502-564-1257 
 844-930-0102
8:00-3:30 M-F EASTERN 
Non-US Citizens applications are processed Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 3:30 pm - Eastern Time.
Jackson 1127 Main St
Jackson, KY  41339
 
 606-824-6007 
  
8:00-4:00 M-F EASTERN 
Non-US Citizens applications are processed during business hours.
Lexington 141 Leestown Center Way, Suite 125
Lexington, KY  40511
 
 859-963-4018 
 859-233-9844 
8:00-4:00 M-F EASTERN 
Non-US Citizens applications are processed during business hours.
Louisville
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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 EASTERN 
Non-US Citizens applications are processed during business hours.
Madisonville 56 Federal Street
Madisonville, KY 42431
 270-399-7417 
 270-824-0141
8:00-4:00 M-F CENTRAL 
Non-US Citizens applications are processed during business hours.
Morehead 126 Bradley Avenue
Morehead, KY 40351
 606-691-6045  8:00-4:00 M-F EASTERN
Non-US Citizens applications are processed during business hours.
Owensboro 121 East 2nd Street, Suite 219
Owensboro, KY 42301
 270-691-9659 
 270-691-9654
8:00-4:00 M-F CENTRAL 
Non-US Citizens applications are processed during business hours.
Paducah 2855 Jackson Street, Suite 7
Paducah, KY 42001
 270-575-7035 
 270-575-7024
8:00-4:00 M-F CENTRAL 
Non-US Citizens applications are processed during business hours.
Prestonsburg 3140 South Lake Dr., Suite 5 
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
 606-263-6137 
 606-889-1649 
 606-889-1674
8:00-4:00 M-F EASTERN 
Non-US Citizens applications are processed during business hours.
Richmond 830 Eastern Bypass, Suite A12
Richmond, KY 40475

8:00-4:00 M-F EASTERN 
Non-US Citizens applications are processed during business hours.
Somerset 650 North Main St, Suite 240
Somerset, KY 42501
 606-677-4183 
 606-677-4184
8:00-4:00 M-F EASTERN 
Non-US Citizens applications are processed during business hours.

Satellite Field Offices

Office Numbers Hours
Flemingsburg  606-739-6234  By Appointment only
Non-US Citizens applications are processed by appointment only.
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