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Kentucky Written Knowledge Test

Who Must Take the Test?

All first-time applicants must pass the Kentucky knowledge test.

If you have an out-of-state license that has expired at least one day, the written and vision tests will be required.

All non U.S. citizens, with the exception of permanent residents, holding a valid license from another state or country are required to take the written test.

Kentucky Written Test

The Kentucky written knowledge test contains questions regarding driving rules, regulations, procedures, and highway signs. All questions are based on information in the Kentucky Driver Manual.

The passing score on this test is 80%. If you fail the test, you must wait until the next business day before trying again. If you fail the written test six times, you must wait six months.


The test is available in the following languages: Albanian, Arabic, Bosnian, Cambodian, Chinese, Croatian, English, French, German, Indian (Hindi), Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Persian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, and Vietnamese.

Tests can also be given orally.

Are You Ready for Your Drivers Permit Test?


Read the state Driver's Manual or Handbook. All real permit test questions are based on the material in this manual. Get familiar with all areas and learn the laws and rules presented. Pay special attention to facts that are bolded or highlighted.

Give yourself plenty of time. Start preparing at least two weeks before the real test.

Take several of our driver permit practice tests to make sure you are ready for the real examination.

Our Practice Tests

Our permit and license practice tests contain 25 questions. You must correctly answer 20 questions to pass (80%). This is a common passing score in most states. You should, however, aim for a score of 90% or more on a permit practice test.

Read Carefully

Read all questions and answers carefully. You will see many DMV test answers, but do NOT focus on memorizing exact phrases - focus on understanding! The practice permit test questions may be repeated with several different alternatives and different wording. Real DMV permit test questions are created the same way.

All questions are multiple-choice or true/false. Only one alternative is correct and acceptable. If you see All of the above, None of the above, or similar as one alternative, make sure you evaluate all alternatives carefully.


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