Step 1: Social Security Number, Letter of Ineligibility or Tax ID Number
First you will need your Social Security Number (SSN), Tax ID Number or a letter from the Social Security Administration stating that you are not eligible for a SSN. In order to receive a "letter of ineligibility" you must go to the Social Security Administration Office in Lexington.
If you have a job already, please follow the SSN instructions for F-1 students or J-1 students in order to obtain a social security number. Only students with approved employment authorization are eligible for a social security card.
Step 2: Letter from International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS)
You will need a letter of support from ISSS that states you are a student in good standing at the University of Kentucky. Fill out the Driver's License request form (pdf)
Drop off the completed request form at ISSS with a copy of your unofficial transcript from myUK.
Come back to pick up your letter in 214 Bradley Hall when you have received an email confirmation that your letter is ready.
Step 3: Visit the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office
162 E. Main Street, Room 230
Lexington, KY 40507
Phone: (859) 246-2153
Office hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday and holidays
Be sure to bring cash for payment, as they do not accept checks or credit cards. Fees vary and are subject to change, so it is advisable to bring at least $30 with you.
You will also need proof of address. This should be a piece of mail addressed to you that has been post-marked and delivered through the U.S. Postal Service. If you have not received any mail yet, you can mail yourself a letter and bring that with you after it has been delivered.
Bring all of your official immigration documents, including passport with visa and I-94 card (or Print out from www.cbp.gov/i94 ), I-20 or DS-2019.
For more information about obtaining a driver's license, visit the KY Transportion Department's website