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Suspended License Information for Kansas

While some motorists regard driving as a basic right, the fact is that operating a motor vehicle is a privilege that must be earned and maintained by demonstrating safe and lawful driving. Under certain circumstances, an individual's Kansas driver's license may be suspended or revoked for a specific length of time, depending on the person's driving record or history, and the particular violation(s).

REASONS FOR DRIVER'S LICENSE SUSPENSIONS

There are a variety of reasons why your Kansas driver's license might be suspended. Some of these are related to specific driving violations, while others may be due to violation of other State laws. Following are some of the most common reasons for a Kansas driver's license to be suspended or revoked.

  • Driving Under the Influence. Your Kansas driver's license will be suspended if you are found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The length of the suspension depends on the severity of the violation and whether it is a first or repeat offense. Refusing to take a chemical test is considered a separate offense and even if you are acquitted on DUI charges later, you may still have your license suspended for up to one year based on your refusal to take the test. If you are convicted of a DUI and you refused to take the test, chances are the fine you pay will be higher and the period of suspension longer as well. If you are under 21 years of age and have a blood alcohol content of 0.02% or more, your license will be automatically suspended for a month and your driving privileges will be restricted for another 330 days after that.
  • Driving with a Suspended License or no License. Driving with a suspended license will lead to an increase in the length of the suspension, and you may also be imprisoned for up to five years. The duration of the additional suspension varies depending on the reason for the underlying suspension. Your driver's license may also be suspended if you do not have your license with you while you are driving. Your license will be automatically revoked if you are found driving with a suspended license or no license at all.
  • Driving without Insurance. All motor vehicles driven in Kansas must be properly insured. Failure to provide proof of valid auto insurance can result in your license being suspended.
  • Other Driving-Related Violations. Your Kansas driver's license may also be suspended if you engage in reckless driving, are found to be at fault in a fatal accident, or if you abandon your vehicle on a public highway. Other reasons include reckless driving, speeding, fleeing the scene of an accident and not filing an accident report
  • Physical or Psychological Disqualification. The DMV can order a re-examination of any person who may not be fit to drive. An individual's driving privileges may be suspended if the re-examination finds they are physically or psychologically unable to drive safely.
  • Non-Driving Reasons for License Suspension. A variety of non-driving violations or issues can result in your license being suspended. These include: not responding to a Division of Motor Vehicles notice or not appearing in court; failing to pay traffic tickets, fines or surcharges; and not paying child support.
  • Automatic Revocation: The following traffic infractions will result in your license be automatically revoked:
  • Homicide caused by your vehicle.
  • DUI.
  • Any crime in which your vehicle is involved.
  • Failing to stop at the scene of an accident and give aid.
  • Being convicted of not carrying auto insurance.

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR KANSAS DRIVER'S LICENSE IS SUSPENDED

Having your Kansas driver's license suspended is a serious matter and it is essential to adhere to State law in the event that your license is suspended. If you believe your license may be suspended due to one of the reasons listed above it is advisable to speak with a traffic ticket lawyer or a DUI-DWI lawyer. The most important things to be aware of following a license suspension are:
  1. If your license has not already been taken away from you in court, you must surrender it to the Kansas Division of Motor Vehicles. You can surrender your license in person at a Driver Licensing Exam Station, or mail it to:
    Driver's Licensing
    Docking State Office Building
    PO. Box 2188
    Topeka, KS 66601-2128    
  2. While your license is suspended, you are not permitted to drive. If you are found driving with a suspended license, you may be imprisoned for up to five years, and/or the length of your suspension may be increased.
  3. After your suspension is over, you will receive a written notice of restoration, with instructions on how to restore your license. Do not drive until you have completed the necessary steps and received a valid, replacement license from the Kansas DMV.
  4. Kansas does not permit you to apply for a hardship license while your license is suspended.

APPEALING A SUSPENSION

If you receive a notice of suspension from the DMV, and you wish to challenge the suspension, you may request a hearing in court. An administrative law judge or the DMV Chief Administrator will hear your case, and determine whether your driver's license should be suspended or not. It is also a good idea to seek the advice of a traffic ticket lawyer or a DUI-DWI lawyer, based on the reason for the suspension.

RESTORING YOUR LICENSE

You will receive a notice from the DMV after you have completed your suspension period. The notice will include complete instructions regarding how to get your license back. Generally, you will need to:
  1. Pay the restoration fee . The fee can be paid online or in person at a Driver Licensing Exam Station. You can also mail a check or money order payable to:
    Driver's Licensing
    Docking State Office Building
    PO. Box 2188
    Topeka, KS 66601-2128    
  2. Apply for a standard license renewal to obtain a new license. You will have to pass all the required exams for this as well.

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