What tests must I pass?

The Kentucky DDL requires teen drivers to pass the following tests:

Written Test
You must correctly answer 24 out of 30 multiple-choice questions and ten road sign questions, in which you can only miss two. If you fail the written exam, you can retake it the next business day. However, if you fail the test six times, you will have to wait six months before trying again.

Vision Screening
• The minimum vision requirement to obtain a Kentucky driver’s license is 20/60 acuity in at least one eye, with or without using corrective lenses. To obtain a restricted license, the minimum acuity is 20/80 in at least one eye. The visual field requirement is 35 degrees to the right and left of fixation and 25 degrees above and below fixation. Applicants who fail the test will be referred to a see a vision specialist. Drivers who need bioptic telescopic lenses may participate in a certified driver-training program if they meet the following requirements:

o A distance visual acuity of 20/200 or better with corrective lenses
o A visual field of at least 120 degrees horizontally and 80 degrees vertically
o A distance visual acuity of 20/60 or better using a bioptic telescopic device
o No ocular prognosis indicating a significant deterioration of visual acuity or field below the minimum standards

• Temporary instruction permits will be issued when a certified driver training program employee accompanies the applicant. Applicants who complete a certified training program and pass the visual reexamination will be eligible to take a comprehensive operator’s license exam.

Road Skills Test
• If you are under 21, you can apply to take the road skills test 180 days after getting your instruction permit. If you fail the road test, you will have to wait seven days before another test can be administered. If you fail the test six times, you will have to wait six month before trying again. After that you will only be given two more attempts to pass the test.