Driver's License Information

David L. Nicholson
Jefferson Circuit Court Clerk



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The information below can help you if:

  • You are getting your permit or license
  • You are a new resident in Louisville
  • You need your license renewed
  • You need a personal ID
  • You need information on commercial driver's license
  • You need information on a hazardous material endorsement (pdf)
  • You are wanting information on a motorcycle permit/license

See Also
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet website for complete details on getting a Kentucky driver's license, downloading driver's manuals, learning about how the point system works, and much more.

The Kentucky Circuit Court Clerk's website to learn more about other services available at these locations, including change of address or name, driver's license renewals, personal identification cards, permit testing, out of state transfers, traffic school, and much more.

There are 6 offices in the Louisville Metro area that handle issuing permits, driver’s licenses, commercial driver’s licenses and personal IDs. Only one office, Bowman Field, handles written and driving tests for new drivers and those relocating to Louisville (more information below).

Attention Military Veterans
You can now be issued a driver’s license with a “Veteran” designation. To obtain a license with the designation, a veteran must present either a DD214 or a DD2 at the time of issuance
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Kentucky State Police - traffic data and information and drivers test manuals


There are 6 offices in the Louisville Metro area that handle issuing permits, driver’s licenses, commercial driver’s licenses and personal IDs. Only one office, Bowman Field, handles written and driving tests for new drivers and those relocating to Louisville (more information below).

Payment information for all 6 locations:

  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit cards (There is a $2 third-party charge for using a credit card.)
  • Debit cards (There is a $2 third-party charge for using a debit card.)
  • There is an ATM at all locations listed below. There is a $3.50 bank service charge.

What you can do at all locations
(Pricing is listed for general information. Please check with the branch for more details.)

  • Renew your KY operator’s/driver’s license ($20)
  • Renew your KY operator’s/motorcycle license ($30)
  • Renew your driver’s permit ($12)
    Renew your commercial driver’s license (Prices vary)
  • Get a Kentucky personal ID (Adult: $12)
  • Get a duplicate driver’s or commercial license ($12) (Commercial license prices vary)
  • Transfer your license to Kentucky if you're moving from another state and your license is still valid ($20 - operator only)
  • Traffic Citations: If a person chooses to pay a traffic citation at a driver’s license branch, the credit card fee is $6 (Traffic citation only). When paying a citation at a driver’s license branch, it must be done 3 business days before the scheduled court date.

What additional services you can only do at the St. Matthews/Bowman Field branch:

  • Take a written driver’s test
  • Take a driver’s test (Offered by the Kentucky State Police)
  • Submit the security threat assessment application
  • Take the hazardous material endorsement test

More information for new residents
If you are moving to Louisville from another state and your license has expired, you must go to the Bowman Field Branch to take a written test and an eye test prior to receiving a Kentucky state driver’s license. See more about the Bowman Field location below.

An out-of-state vehicle inspection is required when a vehicle is brought into Kentucky from another state or purchased in another state. Learn more here.



Locations

Here's where you get it done:

Driver's License Branches

Bowman Field
3501 Roger Schupp Street
Louisville, KY 40205
Phone: (502) 595-4405
Office hours: Monday: 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Tuesday - Friday: 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (FOR RENEWALS & DUPLICATES ONLY)

Note: There is an ATM at this location. There is a $3.50 bank service charge.

Testing Hours/ Written Test
Monday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
No testing on Saturday

Testing Hours/ Driving Test
By appointment only: (502) 454-3327
(You can begin calling at 8 a.m. First-come, first-served. Have your license number and Social Security number.)



Downtown Branch
Driver's License Branch
514 West Liberty Street (Old Jail Building)
Phone: (502) 595-4924
Office hours:
Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Closed Saturday


West Louisville Branch
Driver's License Office
The NIA Center
2900 W. Broadway
775-5122
Phone: (502) 775-5122
Office hours:
Monday: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. -  6:00 p.m. 
Wed.- Friday: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Closed Saturday



Outer Loop / Highview Branch
Driver's License Branch
7509 Outer Loop (Located in the Valu Market Shopping Center)
Louisville, KY 40228
Phone: (502) 239-4292 or (502) 239-4293
Office hours: Monday: 8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Tuesday - Friday: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Closed Saturday


Southwest Branch
Driver's License Branch
K-Mart Plaza
4917 Dixie Highway
Louisville, KY 40258
Phone: (502) 595-4703 or (502) 595-4709
Office hours: Monday: 8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Tuesday - Friday: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


Middletown Branch
Driver's License Branch
Eastern Government Center
200 Juneau Drive
Middletown, KY 40243
Phone: (502) 244-6097 or (502) 244-6098
Office hours: Monday: 8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Tuesday - Friday: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Closed Saturday


 
Motorcycle Permit/Licensing Informationmotorcycle
Motorcycle permits and licenses are issued in the Circuit Court Clerk's offices (see list above for Jefferson county) in the Kentucky county of residence. To apply for a motorcycle permit, you must be at least 18, or you must hold a valid operator's license. Applicants for a motorcycle license permit who are under 18 years old, however, must have a parent or legal guardian who is willing to assume the responsibility imposed by KRS 186.590 sign the application for a license. This is true even if the parent or guardian has already signed the application allowing the minor to drive a moped or automobile.

Click here for motorcycle safety, permit and licensing information from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.


Traffic Citations

If a person chooses to pay a traffic citation at a driver’s license branch, the credit card fee is $6 (Traffic citation only). When paying a citation at a driver’s license branch, it must be done 3 business days before the scheduled court date.