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Kentucky State Police Driver Testing Branch in Frankfort, KY. The KSP Driver Testing Branch is under the command of Captain Chris Steward.


Notice to all applicants who plan to take the written driver test:

The Kentucky State Police reminds parents and teenagers that the only approved or endorsed material to prepare for the Kentucky driver license exam is located on our website at www.kentuckystatepolice.org under the Driver Testing tab or by viewing it through the official KSP mobile app, 'kspolice'. All Driver Testing materials can be viewed and printed through the Kentucky State Police website and mobile app free of charge.

Graduated License Course online,

If you wish to complete the Graduated License Course online, please click on this link: www.myimprov.com/drivers-education/Kentucky

Graduated License Eligibility



KY Driver Testing Branch Video

Update to the Kentucky Driver Manual

The new updated Kentucky Driver Manual has been completed. Now the manual is on 8 X 11 paper and can be printed on two sides, if your printer is capable. Click here to open the Kentucky Driver Manual


KY Motorcycle Rider Skill Test Instructions Video


CDL License Issuance Process

CDL License Issuance Process, click here to see the flow chart

Changes Made to the CDL Manual

An image of the CDL Cover, click here to download the CDL Manual in pdf format

There has been a major change to the Commercial Driver License Manual P 1-2 "HOW TO APPLY" section on the manual. The change to this section now reads:

Effective January 30, 2012, a CDL permit/license cannot be issued until the applicant has provided a copy of the CDL application, a legible copy of both front and back of their DOT medical card, and a Commercial Driver License Self Certification form certifying as to what type driving conditions they are operating in or expect to operate in. The above information must be forwarded to the Division of Driver Licensing and posted to the driver’s CDLIS record prior to applying for issuance of a CDL/ CLP at the Circuit Court Clerk's Office. This process could take up to 10 days; you will be notified by mail when completed.

Under 49 CFR 384.206, a driver applying for an original, renewal, upgrade/add-on or transfer CDL must provide a list of all states where the driver has held a license to operate any type motor vehicle in the last ten (10) years. The Ten (10) Year History Survey Request must be initiated prior to a CDL permit/license being issued. This is a one time process. If the driver has already provided the information and has not transferred out of state since completing the process, he/she will not be required to submit the information again. Per 49 CFR 383.73 (g) if a driver fails to disclose any state in which a license was issued, that driver will be subject to a minimum suspension of sixty (60) days for falsifying an application.

In an attempt to make the new process user friendly, the Division of Driver Licensing has made the CDL application accessible from the DDL website: http://drive.ky.gov. The driver will select the "Forms and Applications" option on the left and then click on TC 94-32. The form can be completed on line and printed out. The driver will then have three options for submitting the application to the Division of Driver Licensing: 1) print, scan and email the application to KYTC.CDL@KY.GOV: 2) mail to: Division of Driver Licensing, 200 Mero St, Frankfort, KY 40622; 3) fax it to the CDL Section at 502-564-3250. An applicant can bring the application to the Division of Driver Licensing's One Stop Shop, but it can take up to ten days to process. A supply of the CDL applications is available from our Administrative Support Section at 502-564-0278 ext 5104.

All applicants will be required to successfully pass a knowledge test either in written or oral form, and a vision test. A CDL instruction permit will then be issued that is valid for six (6) months. You may schedule a road skills test with the Kentucky State Police fourteen (14) days after the permit has been issued. A permit may only be renewed once in the two (2) year period. If you do not successfully pass the road skills test by the expiration of your CDL instruction permit renewal, you will need to re-apply. All fees and written tests will be required prior to a new permit being issued.

CDL skills test phone numbers: 800-542-5990 or 888-655-9655