The Kansas state ID allows you to identify yourself without giving you driving privileges. This is important, because while the drivers license is the most commonly used form of identification, not everyone wants – or is able – to drive. An ID card is necessary for non-drivers in a variety of situations, such as when going to the bank, talking with police or visiting a venue for patrons 21 and older.

To obtain a Kansas identification card successfully, you must know what is required to get your credentials, how to renew your ID and how to replace your ID. You will also need to learn about the REAL ID, a program initiated by the Department of Homeland Security, which will require you to have either a passport or REAL ID for the purposes of federal identification, starting on October 1, 2020.

Kansas DMV ID Requirements

Kansas DMV state ID requirements do not disqualify anyone based on age. In fact, getting a child ID card may be necessary in certain situations, such as if your child does not have a passport, and wishes to fly on a domestic flight without a companion. There are only two DMV ID card requirements applicants need to keep in mind before gathering the necessary documents in Kansas. These include:

  • You can only have one form of government issued ID in Kansas. You can possess either an ID card or a driver’s license. If your driver’s license is still valid, you will need to surrender it before you are allowed to get an ID card; expired licenses do not need to be surrendered.
  • You must be a resident of Kansas in order to get a card. However, you do not need to be a citizen of the United States.

What do you need to get an ID in Kansas?

For those inquiring, “What do you need to get a state ID in Kansas?” the answer will vary based on what is available to you. Though the DMV needs four different forms of proof, there are a variety of different documents you can choose from. The documents needed for state ID in Kansas must prove:

  • Your identity. This is usually done by a birth certificate or passport, though you may also use a Certificate of Citizenship, Certificate of Naturalization, I-94, Permanent Resident card, Temporary Resident card or Consular Report of Birth Abroad.
  • Your Social Security Number (SSN). This is usually done with a SSN card, W-2, 1099 or paystub, though a paystub may only be used if it lists your full name and Social Security Number.
  • Your address. The most common forms of residency proof are bank correspondence, utility bills, W-2s, 1099s, school transcripts, voter registration cards, mortgage statements, rental agreements, lease agreements or insurance bills.

You need to bring one document, each, proving your identity and Social Security Number, and two documents proving your address.

The documents required for state ID in Kansas are the same for the child identification card, though a child who does not have proof of address may use a Certification of Address signed by an adult with whom he or she is residing. This adult will then need to bring two documents proving his or her address.

All DMV offices will accept cash or a check to pay the Kansas DMV ID card fee, but some offices also accept money orders, credit cards and debit cards. If you want to pay for your ID with a money order, credit card or debit card, you should check with the office you are visiting ahead of time.

How to Get an ID in Kansas

Applicants often wonder how to get ID online, but this is not possible. The state does not allow this option, because your application documents need to be verified properly. When determining where to get state ID in Kansas, you will need to look for one of the state’s Department of Revenue offices, and do so in person.

REAL ID Cards in Kansas

To determine whether or not you need to apply for REAL ID card credentials in Kansas, check the front of your card. If your DMV identification card was issued after 2011, it will state whether or not it is compliant. An ID that has a star in the upper, right-hand corner is REAL ID-compliant. A non-compliant ID will state, “Not for Federal ID.”

How to Renew or Replace a State ID in Kansas

If you lost ID card credentials in KS, you can get a replacement ID card by going to the DMV and presenting identification. When you visit, you can verify your identity with a medical, military, student or employee ID. You can also use medical records, a photo ID issued by any state or a tax return. The Kansas DMV replacement ID will be mailed to you once your request is filed.

If you lost your ID while out of the state, you will need to fill out the Driver’s License Renewal, Extension or Replacement form and send it to the following address:

Kansas Department of Revenue
P.O. Box 2188
Topeka, KS 66601-2188

Note that both the ID renewal fee and replacement cost are the same as what you pay when you get your initial ID.

DMV ID Costs in Kansas

The Kansas DMV ID cost is currently $22. The price is the same no matter the situation, be it a new application for a child or an adult, a renewal or a replacement request.

Last updated on Wednesday, March 4 2020.