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How to Apply for a New Driver's License in Kansas

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To apply for drivers licenses in Kanas, residents must meet the minimum age qualifications and be able to pass the required written and road tests. New drivers license applicants younger than a certain age must fulfill the requirements of the Graduated Driver License program in order to gradually gain full driving privileges. Any person applying for a license to drive from the Kansas Department of Revenue must present the required documentation to prove their identity.

Did you know? Before getting a drivers licenses in Kansas, driving applicants must pass a written drivers test. To make sure that you pass the exam the first time, get a copy of our KS driving practice test.

How to Apply for a Kansas Driver's License:

  • Be at least 17 years of age.
  • Visit a full service KS County Treasurer's Office.
  • Present the required identification documentation.
  • Pass a vision screening.
  • Pass the written exam.
  • Pass the road test.
  • Pay the applicable fees.

Continue reading for more details on how to get a drivers license in Kansas.

Types of Drivers Licenses in Kansas

Before you apply for a KS drivers license, you must first know which type of license for which to apply. The following are the classes of licensure available from each category: non-commercial, commercial and motorcycle.

  • Class C drivers license - Available to applicants 17 years of age and older for the operation of non-commercial vehicles weighing not more than 26,000 GVWR.
  • Class C restricted drivers license - Available to applicants 15 years of age or older who have completed a drivers education course.
  • Class M motorcycle license - Available to applicants 16 years of age and older for the operation of motorcycles.
  • Class A, B or C commercial drivers license (CDL) - Available to applicants beginning at 18 years of age for the operation of commercial motor vehicles.

First-Time Driver (Under 18) in Kansas

New drivers license applicants younger than 17 years of age must participate in the KS Graduated Driver License (GDL) program. Beginning at 14 years of age, applicants are eligible for an instruction permit. Learner drivers can apply for a restricted drivers license once they have fulfilled the requirements of the GDL program. Applicants younger than 16 years of age must get written permission from their parent or legal guardian to obtain a driving permit.

For more information, visit our Learner's Permit page.

Kansas New Drivers (Over 18)

To obtain a KS driving license, you must be at least 17 years of age and pass a written test and a road test, or have completed a certified drivers education course.

KS Driver's Study Guide and Driver's Practice Test

Adults applying for their first Kansas drivers license could benefit from a study guide to make their first attempt at passing the written drivers test a success. Our Kansas drivers ed test will fully prepare you for the live test as it showcases traffic safety material in a colorful and easy-to-follow format.

How to Apply for Drivers Licenses in KS

To apply for a driving license in Kansas, a resident must visit a full service county treasurer's office. A new driving license applicant will need to furnish acceptable documents proving the following:

  • Proof of identity.
  • Proof of lawful status in the United States.
  • Proof of Social Security Number.
  • Proof of Kansas residency.

KS Drivers License Eligibility Requirements

To obtain an unrestricted drivers license, Kansas residents must be at least 17 years of age and have passed the drivers exam which consists of a written test and road skills test. In lieu of taking the drivers license test at a KS DMV location, applicants can provide a driver's education completion certificate from an approved driving school.

KS Written/Driving Test

Along with passing the road examination, passing a written drivers test is one of the main qualifying factors in obtaining a license to drive. KS drivers license applicants will need to study the Kansas Driver Manual as they will be tested on traffic law and road sign information contained in it. Our online practice driving test is set up to familiarize users with the contents of the real Kansas knowledge test.

KS Driving Test

Taking the Kansas road test will allow you to demonstrate your skill in operating an automobile under normal traffic conditions. A drivers license examiner will guide applicants during the road test and drivers will be observed or asked questions in the following areas:

  • Making turns.
  • Approaching intersections.
  • Rural and urban driving.
  • Identifying traffic signs.

New Kansas Resident

New Kansas residents must visit a KS DOR driver license service office to obtain in-state driving credentials within 90 days of establishing residency. To obtain a KS driving license, you must provide documents proving identity and in-state residency in addition to passing a vision screening. New residents whose previous license to drive has been expired for less than one year will need to take the written exam. New KS driving license applicants with an out-of-state license that has been expired longer than one year will need to take both the written and road skills tests.

Getting a Kansas drivers license is a priority for a new resident. The second is transferring the title of your used vehicle purchased out-of-state. To apply for a title transfer with the KS Department of Revenue, new residents must first obtain a VIN inspection certificate. Vehicle inspections are conducted by Kansas Highway Patrol at police stations throughout the state.

Replace Driver's License in Kansas

To obtain a Kansas duplicate drivers license, driving applicants will need to appear in person at a driver's license exam station. Drivers who have had their license stolen should report the incident to law enforcement as well. For information about duplicate license fees, click here.

Locate a DMV in Kansas

To get the location of a KS Department of Revenue office, visit our Kansas DMV location page. The address and telephone contact information for each county treasurer's branch location is provided for your convenience.

Submitted by Teresa Frihart (not verified) on 14th Mar 2012

The proof of identification,

The proof of identification, residency is still not working. Today is 3-14-12. Does the state of Kansas realize what implications this has about their state? I can understand a link being unavailable while updates are being made, but unavailable for months would not be acceptable in most business settings. Another reason to think of Kansas as just a bunch of flatland farmers unable/ unwilling to keep up with the times. Thanks Kansas!

Submitted by Tall Paul (not verified) on 17th Jul 2012

Still not working...as of

Still not working...as of 17-July-2012...

Submitted by Eggbert (not verified) on 24th Aug 2011

The proof of identification

The proof of identification link is still not working

Submitted by Mysticeagle (not verified) on 2nd Nov 2011

The Proof of Identification

The Proof of Identification is still not working as of 11-2-2022

Submitted by kaye620 (not verified) on 30th Jan 2012

Link is still not working,

Link is still not working, 1-30-12. Phone numbers all go to automated message and don't provide required information.

Submitted by oneeagleone (not verified) on 8th Feb 2012

Please see my email of

Please see my email of 02/09/2012 - 00:05 on this page. Thank you.

Sincerely,

oneeagleone

Consumer Advocate

Submitted by mikemaxton (not verified) on 19th Jul 2011

The link for "proof of

The link for "proof of identification" for a driver's license or a KS ID card is BROKEN. Looking for a file called dmvproof.html.

Submitted by oneeagleone (not verified) on 8th Feb 2012

Please refer to my email of

Please refer to my email of 02/09/2012 - 00:05 on this page. Thank you.

Sincerely,

oneeagleone

Consumer Advocate