New to KentuckyPage Overview
New Kentucky Residents
If you’re new to Kentucky, there are a number of things you’ll need to take care of with the Transportation Cabinet once you become a resident. This guide will show you where to get all the information you need.
Once you move to Kentucky, you have 15 days to register your vehicle with the KY Transportation Cabinet. If you fail to register your car in the state during this time, you risk receiving a fine. Visit our Vehicle Registration guide for details on how to register.
Register a Special Vehicle
If you own a unique vehicle such as a recreational vehicle (RV), moped, or all-terrain vehicle (ATV), the registration process may differ. For registration requirements, check out our Special Vehicles in Kentucky page.
Car Insurance Requirements
Before you can have your car registered with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, you’ll need to have appropriate insurance coverage. Changing states is a great time to assess your current car insurance policy and compare quotes to make sure you’re getting the best deal for your situation.
You have 30 days to transfer your out-of-state driver’s license to the state once you’ve become a Kentucky resident. If your out-of-state driver’s license has expired, you’ll need to pass the written and road tests at the KY DMV office.
For instructions on how to obtain a Kentucky driver’s license, visit our Applying for a New License page.
If you’re a teenager with an out-of-state learner’s permit or instructional permit, you may be eligible to transfer it to Kentucky as long as you meet the state’s graduated driver’s licensing (GDL) requirements. See our Applying for a New Teen License page for more information.
NOTE: If you need a KY commercial driver’s license (CDL), visit our Applying for a New CDL page.
If you don’t plan on driving in Kentucky, but need some form of identification, you can apply for an ID card from the Kentucky DMV. ID cards can be used in place of your driver’s license to prove your age, identity, and address.
See our Identification Cards in Kentucky page for more information.
When you become a resident of Kentucky, don't forget to update your voter registration and organ donation information.
One of the things often overlooked when moving to a new state is updating your voter registration. If any upcoming elections are important to you, you’ll want to make sure you’re registered to vote in Kentucky, otherwise you may be turned away at the polling booth. For more information, visit our Voter Registration page.
Organ Donor Registration
Were you a registered organ donor in your previous state? If you were, and you’d like to continue to be one, you’ll need to re-register as a donor with Kentucky’s registry. You can also register when applying for a Kentucky driver’s license.
If you aren’t a registered organ donor, you can read about it more on our Organ Donation page. You can find out just how many lives you could potentially save from donating your organs and read real stories about people who have benefitted from this selfless act.
If you’re a military member from another state temporarily in KY fulfilling your military obligations, you may be exempt from many of Kentucky’s licensing and registration requirements.
To find out more please visit our Military Drivers in Kentucky page.
Once you’re ready to visit the Kentucky DMV, use your handy Office Finder to locate your closest office.
Before you start driving on the state’s roads, it’s a good idea to read the Transportation Cabinet’s driver manuals and make sure you don’t disobey any road rules: