If you are interested in moving to Kentucky, or you have already moved, you have 30 days from making Kentucky your residence to apply for a Kentucky driver’s license. If you have a CDL license from another state, you will need to transfer you CDL license to Kentucky. To transfer an out-of-state CDL to Kentucky, you must follow the rules and regulations established by the Kentucky Division of Driver’s Licenses.
Steps to Transfer Out-of-State CDL to Kentucky:
The first thing you will need to do is obtain a Kentucky driver’s license. To do this, you will need to gather a proof of Kentucky residency, which may be a rental agreement, utility bill or some other form of proof. You must also have a social security card, out-of-state driver’s license as well as a birth certificate. If the license you are transferring is currently valid, you will not have to take a vision, written or skills test to obtain your standard Kentucky driver’s license. After you pay the fee, which will vary according to the type of driver’s license you receive, you may then proceed to the next step.
The next step in obtaining a Kansas CDL is to complete a Medical Examination Report for Commercial Driver Fitness Determination. This form is available in the resources section found at the end of the article, and it must be signed by a licensed physician. You may use an out-of-state form; however, it must not be older than two-years.
Once you have gathered this form, you must also bring your social security card, Kentucky driver’s license and your out-of-state CDL license. Fill out the Commercial Driver License Application before arriving at the license issuing office. This application can be found in the resources section below, and it requires your name, contact information as well as any state-issued CDL license you have held within the past 10 years. To find a Kentucky driver license issuance location, refer to the list provided by the Kentucky Division of Driver Licensing, which is also found in the resources section below. The Kentucky CDL application requires a $24 fee.
Upon giving the office your Kentucky CDL application and other documentation, you may be required to undergo a vision, written and skills test. If necessary, you will need to review the Kentucky Commercial Driver License Manual, found in the resources section. You may be required to take the general knowledge written exam as well as any other written exam for endorsements your license must have. After completing this examination, the Kentucky Division of Driver License may require you to undergo a three-part skills examination. This examination includes a Pre-Trip Evaluation, Basic Control Skills as well as a Road Skills test. If you must take these examinations, you will need to call a Kentucky CDL testing facility and schedule an exam. Upon passing, you will need to pay the $40 CDL fee, and a Kentucky CDL license will be issued.
Kentucky Division of Driver Licensing: Commercial Drivers License Information
Kentucky Division of Driver Licensing: Obtaining a Kentucky Driver License/ID Card and General Information
Kentucky State Police: Commercial Driver License Manual
Kentucky Division of Driver Licensing: Kentucky Driver License Issuance Locations
Kentucky Division of Driver Licensing: Commercial Driver License Application
Kentucky Division of Driver Licensing: Medical Examination Report for Commercial Driver Fitness Determination