How to Apply for a Kentucky Motorcycle License

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To apply for a motorcycle license or endorsement in Kentucky, you’ll need to:

  • Visit the Kentucky DOR office.
  • Complete an application.
  • Provide proof of your identification, residency, and legal presence.
  • Pass a vision exam.
  • Pay the required application and testing fees.
  • Pass the motorcycle written knowledge exam

Completing these steps will get you a motorcycle permit. You’ll need to hold you permit for at least 1 month before returning to receive your full motorcycle endorsement. While you hold a permit, you’ll need to:

Please visit https://drive.ky.gov/Driver-Licensing/Pages/default.aspx for official application information and to schedule appointments. 

Transfer an Out-of-State Motorcycle License When Moving to Kentucky

If you’ve recently moved to Kentucky, you can transfer your out-of-state motorcycle license or endorsement. You’ll need to transfer your license within 30 days of establishing residency in Kentucky. To do so:

  • Visit your local DOR office.
  • Surrender your out-of-state license.
  • Complete the application and provide proof of your identity, residency, and legal presence. 
  • Pay the required application fees.
  • Pass an eye exam.
  • Pass the Kentucky motorcycle written exam.

If your out-of-state motorcycle license/endorsement is valid you typically will not need to pass a road test or complete another motorcycle safety course.

Once you’ve received your motorcycle license, be sure to come back to MotorcycleZombies.com to learn how to title and register a motorcycle in Kentucky.

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