NOTE: While it is not required, it is suggested that you obtain a motorcycle permit BEFORE taking any equivalency courses. A course may ONLY take the place of the road test; therefore, you still need to hold your motorcycle permit for the allotted time before you can use the course certification to obtain your license.
Under 18: What do I need to bring?
You must have ALL documents listed
- School Verification Form (your school should have them available) AND
- A parent/guardian must also be present with a valid form of ID. If the applicant does not share a resident with the parent/guardian, mail dated within the last 30 days with the applicants name will be required. Applicants under the age of 18 MUST HAVE a parent/guardian to sign the application. Guardianship papers are required for any person not listed as a parent on the applicant’s birth certificate.
18 and Over: What do I need to bring?
If you do not have a valid driver’s license, then you must bring in the following documents:
- Birth Certificate (Original or State Certified with the raised embossed seal) AND
- Social Security Card (Not Laminated) AND
- Mail dated within the last 30 days with the applicant’s name will be required.
Applicants for a motorcycle permit who are under 18 years old must have a parent/guardian who is willing to assume the responsibility imposed by KRS 186.590 by signing the application for a license. This is true even if the parent/guardian has already signed the application allowing the minor to drive a moped or automobile.
If your birth certificate reads “This certificate is not evidence of U.S. citizenship,” then you will need to provide further documentation, such as, but not limited to, a U.S. passport or naturalization papers.
Steps to obtain a motorcycle permit:
Step 1: Apply for the permit at the Bowman Field Branch.
Step 2: Pass the vision and written tests with the Kentucky State Police at the Bowman Field Branch.
If a driver completes an approved motorcycle safety course, a motorcycle license can be issued without the applicant having to complete a skills test. IN ALL CASES, HOWEVER, APPLICANTS OVER 21 MUST HOLD THE MOTORCYCLE PERMIT FOR AT LEAST 30 DAYS BEFORE A MOTORCYCLE LICENSE CAN BE ISSUED. Applicants under the age of 21 who hold their motorcycle permit must wait for 180 calendar days before taking their motorcycle skills test or presenting course equivalency.