To operate a motorcycle in Kentucky, you must have a motorcycle license or permit. Licenses are issued by the county Circuit Court Clerk's Office. If you are younger than 18, you can apply with parental consent and a valid driver's license. At age 16, you can apply for a moped license, which allows you to operate a moped that is 50cc or less. A motorcycle permit or license allows you to operate a motorcycle, motorbike, scooter, or moped on public roads.
To receive a motorcycle instruction permit, you must apply, submit your required documentation, pass the vision screening and motorcycle knowledge exam, and pay the fees. To receive a motorcycle license, you must have held a permit for at least one month, submit your application and documentation, pass the motorcycle road skills test, and pay the fees. The motorcycle road skills test can be waived if you successfully complete a motorcycle rider education course.
The knowledge exam is taken through your local Circuit Court Clerk's Office and contains 25 questions about motorcycle safety, operation, and road signs. You must answer 20 of the questions correctly to pass. The motorcycle road skills test is scheduled through the Kentucky State Police (KSP). It assesses your ability to operate your motorcycle safely. If you fail a test, you must wait a week before you can retest.