In 2007, the Kentucky Legislature passed “The No Pass/No Drive” law requiring sixteen (16) and seventeen (17) year old students to meet sufficient academic and attendance standards to maintain their driver’s license or learners permits. Any family that has had a teenager recently apply for a first time learners permit has seen this requirement because a school compliance verification form must be completed by the school before the permit is issued.
A student is deemed to be non-compliant and to have his or her license or permit revoked if either they have had nine or more unexcused absences, including suspensions, during a semester or not passing at least 66% of his or her classes.
All schools must report non-compliance of any and all students each semester. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet then will notify the student by mail that his license to drive a car has been revoked. The student can request a hearing in District Court to attempt to get his license reinstated for good cause shown, such as that the student did not drop out, is not academically deficient, or that a family hardship situation exists where the license is absolutely necessary. If a student re-enrolls in school, he may apply to have his driver’s license reinstated at the end of the semester during which he re-enrolls. The purpose of the license suspension provisions is to discourage kids from dropping out of school. Many students do not drop out of school because of the fear of losing their license or decide to re-enroll in school and/or attend school regularly in order to get their license back after a suspension.
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