Driver's Licenses

 

Kentucky driver's licenses and identification cards are issued by the Circuit Court Clerk under the guidelines established by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. For more information, please visit the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet website at: http://transportation.ky.gov/Driver-Licensing/Pages/default.aspx

Driver's road and written tests are administered by the Kentucky State Police at Bowman Field. The phone number is 502-454-3327.

For Louisville locations, click here.

The information below can help you if: 

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 (As of January 1, 2015 personal checks will no longer be accepted.)
  • 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) Learn more here
  • 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 in Louisville



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 Value 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 Information

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 operators 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 drivers license branch, the credit card fee is $6 (Traffic citation only). When paying a citation at a drivers license branch, it must be done 3 business days before the scheduled court date.