Kentucky permits the re-issuance of driver's licenses which had previously been suspended in other states under certain conditions.
A person whose operator's license has been suspended or revoked in another state or the holder of a Kentucky operator's license whose driving privileges have been suspended in another state may be issued and/or renew a Kentucky operator's license under certain conditions. The conditions include :
- The conviction causing the suspension or revocation is more than five (5) years old;
- The conviction is for a traffic offense other than a felony traffic offense or a habitual violator offense; and
- The person has been a resident of the Commonwealth for at least five (5) years prior to the date of application for issuance or renewal.
However, certain restrictions will apply, namely:
- The operator may only drive in Kentucky and their license will be marked "Valid in Kentucky Only"
- The operator will be required to sign a statement that the person understands that he or she may be subject to arrest and detention if stopped by a law enforcement officer in another state while operating a motor vehicle on this Kentucky restricted license.
- The license will not apply to Commercial Driver's Licenses.
Of note, once a person satisfies the requirements to have the suspension or revocation in another state lifted, the person may apply for an unrestricted license.
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