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Driver’s License / Kentucky State ID

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