kentucky driver information
Hi there, Kentucky driver. We gathered key stats, notable laws, and other info that's relevant to you as a driver in the Bluegrass State.
Kentucky driver information
Number of licensed drivers: 2,939,000
Total number of registered vehicles: 3,585,000
Licensing and registration authority: Kentucky Division of Motor Vehicle Licensing
How the point system works in Kentucky
Most convictions for moving violations lead to 3-6 points on a driving record, depending on the severity of the violation. These points stay on a driving record for 2 years from the date of conviction for an offense (not from the date of the actual incident). Drivers with a spotty or poor driving record can expect to pay more for car insurance and vice versa.
DUIs in Kentucky
Drivers with a blood alcohol concentration of at least 0.08 percent (and 0.02 if you're under 21) are considered intoxicated and can be charged with driving under the influence (DUI). DUI convictions can involve fines, mandatory attendance in substance abuse programs, community labor, jail time, and drivers license suspensions.
Reporting accidents in Kentucky
We recommend calling the police to the scene of any crash, and Kentucky law requires it when there are injuries or property damage of more than $500. If the police can't make it to the scene, file a written report with the Kentucky State Police within 10 days.
If there's an emergency, you can reach the Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555.
Drivers in the military
If you are an active member of the military, you can renew your drivers license by mail if you're stationed outside of the state when the old one expires.
Moving to Kentucky
Once you establish your Kentucky residency, you have 30 days to apply for your new Kentucky drivers license.
Stolen cars in Kentucky
The Louisville area had 3,075 stolen cars in 2011, and it had the 97th-highest theft rate in the nation.
In 2011, the top 10 most frequently stolen cars in Kentucky were:
- 1999 Chevrolet Pickup (full size)
- 1997 Ford Pickup (full size)
- 2001 Dodge Pickup (full size)
- 1997 Chevrolet Pickup (small size)
- 1998 Toyota Camry
- 2001 Ford Taurus
- 2002 Ford Explorer
- 1995 Honda Civic
- 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee
- 2005 Chevrolet Impala
Comprehensive coverage, which is optional, may be required by your lease or finance company. It offers financial protection if your car's stolen.
Young drivers in Kentucky
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's website offers details on the state's graduated drivers licensing program.
Kentucky car insurance
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Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
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