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Kentucky DMV Learner's Permit FAQ

  • When can I apply for a permit in Kentucky?

    You can apply for a Learner’s Permit in the state of Kentucky when you are 16 years old.

  • What are the requirements to get a learners permit?

    You must submit proper identification and then pass a written driver’s test and a vision test to receive your Learner’s Permit.

  • How many questions are on the permit test?

    The Kentucky written test contains 10 road sign questions and 30 general questions.

  • How many questions must I answer correctly to pass?

    You must answer at least 8 road sign and at least 24 general questions correctly to pass.

  • What steps should I take to prepare for the test?

    To ensure that you receive your Learner’s Permit as soon as possible, you are encouraged to study for the written knowledge test. One of the best ways to study for the test is to take online practice exams that provide real sample questions from the exam. Click on the link to take a Kentucky practice permit test and test your driving knowledge.

  • What percentage of people fail the permit test?

    Seventy percent of first-time test takers fail, according to the latest statistics. In many states, if you fail the exam, you must wait at least a day to retake it and you may also be required to pay a re-examination fee. To improve your chances of passing, take multiple practice exams that have been designed to closely replicate the actual test, like those found here.

  • How much does the permit test cost?

    The fee is $12.

  • Where do I take the permit test?

    The Kentucky Department of Transportation (KDOT) is responsible for licensing drivers through its Division of Drivers Licensing. Visit to find a location near you.

  • What documents should I bring on test day?

    You and your parent or legal guardian must together visit the local licensing office. You should also bring your birth certificate, your Social Security card and a school attendance form. You will be required to pass the written knowledge test and a vision test to receive your Learner’s Permit.

The Kentucky DMV Permit Test — What You Need to Know

Getting your learner’s permit is unlike any other moment in life. It grants you access to the open road and the freedom that comes with it.  But before you can enjoy the benefits of your learners permit, the state requires you to pass the Kentucky permit test.

The permit test is a multiple-choice test administered by the Kentucky’s Transportation Cabinet. You’ll face questions about the rules of the road, traffic and road signs, and traffic laws specific to your state.

Increase Your Confidence With KY DMV Practice Permit Tests

Will you fail the written test? Most people do. In fact, statistics reveal that 50% of people fail the exam every year.

Here you’ll find valuable study resources, including our sample interactive Kentucky practice permit test. You’ll also find a copy of the official Kentucky driving manual. Getting a motorcycle permit?  We have a set of study tools to help you pass that exam as well.

Your all-in-one learner’s permit test solution is right here.

Avoid all the stress and uncertainty on test day. Start preparing now and you’ll soon have your permit in hand!