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Commercial Driver License Applicants To Pay Skills Test Fee Starting Sept. 5

Date of News Release: 08/30/2006

(FRANKFORT, Ky.)--- Starting September 5, 2006, applicants for a commercial driver license (CDL) in Kentucky will have to pay a skills testing fee in addition to the $11 CDL permit fee.

Beginning Tuesday, a driver who has held a Kentucky operator's license or permit for 30 days or longer will pay a skills testing fee of $50 in addition to the permit fee. A driver who has held a Kentucky operator's license or permit for less than 30 days will pay a skills testing fee of $150 in addition to the permit fee.

The fee does not apply to renewal or duplication of CDL permits.

Circuit clerk offices will collect the fees at the time of permit issuance. The Kentucky State Police will continue to administer both the written and skills tests. The money collected from the fees will be placed in the Kentucky State Police CDL skills testing fund, said Lt. Adam Whitlock, assistant commander of the KSP Driver Testing Branch.

"The new fee schedule was mandated by House Bill 707 during the 2006 Kentucky Legislative Assembly in an effort to shorten the waiting time for obtaining a commercial driver license," said Whitlock. "The money collected from the fee schedule will be used to contract additional CDL examiners to administer the skills test."

KSP Commissioner John (Jack) Adams said the fee change will streamline the procedure for obtaining a commercial driver license in Kentucky.

"This program will allow the Kentucky State Police to put licenses in the hands of trained commercial drivers in a more efficient manner," said Adams. "That's better for the drivers and better for the economy of Kentucky."

The new fee schedule applies to applicants for commercial driver licenses at the nine KSP testing sites across the state and the 15 commercial driver training schools operated by private companies, said Whitlock.

"Regardless of where the drivers receive their training, all CDL applicants will be required to pay the skills testing fee," he said.

For more information about the CDL and the testing fees, call the KSP Driver Testing Branch at (502) 226-7404.

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