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No Pass No Drive Policy

No Pass/No Drive


The 2007 legislative session passed the No Pass/No Drive bill (HB32, amending KRS 159.051) This statute became effective June 26, 2007, and applies to school districts in the Commonwealth.  This bill is intended to support dropout prevention and to provide an incentive for students to stay in school and pass their courses.


The “No Pass/No Drive” statute results in the denial or revocation of a student’s driver’s license for academic deficiency, or dropping out of school as a result of excessive or unexcused absences.  Academic deficiency is defined as a student who does not have passing grades in at least four courses, or the equivalent of four courses, in the preceding semester.  A student is deemed to have dropped out of school when he/she has nine or more unexcused absences in the preceding semester.  Any absences due to suspension shall be unexcused absences.  Should you want to review the full text of this law, please use the Legislative Research Commission’s website at the following address:  www.lrc.ky.gov/record/07RS/record.htm.