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

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You can apply for a new driver's license at any driver's license exam station in Kansas. Obtain a Kansas Driver's License Handbook to familiarize with the driving rules and regulations.

NEW DRIVERS AND FIRST TIME APPLICANTS

Following are the basic requirements for applying for a Kansas driver's license:

  1. Applicants must be 14 years or older.
  2. Any individual under 16 should provide parental consent and must have the Driver's education completion slip for applying for an instruction permit. Also the individual must be accompanied by an adult while driving. For a restricted driver's license you must be between 15 and 16 years old and possess parental consent. For additional details, see Beginner Drivers and/or Learner's Permits for Beginner Drivers.
  3. Everyone must pass the vision, written and driving tests. See Practice Tests and Driver's Handbook for more information on the written examination. Driver education programs can help individuals prepare for their road test.
  4. Applicants must provide acceptable proof of identification.
  5. Applicants must provide proof of Kansas residency and lawful presence.
  6. On moving remember to notify the Kansas Department of Revenue of your new address within 10 days of moving.

NEW RESIDENTS

Kansas residents holding a driver's license from another state need to apply for a Kansas license within 90 days of arrival. They need to pass the vision examination. The written and/or driving tests may be waived at the discretion of the examiner. However, like other applicants, new residents must provide proof of identification, residency and lawful presence.
Non-US citizens residing in Kansas may apply for a Kansas driver's license, as long as they can provide proof that they are legally authorized to be in the United States, and meet all the other requirements. Note that a Kansas driver's license issued to a foreign national will expire no later than the last date on which they are authorized to be in the United States by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. However you can drive for upto one year using your country's valid license.

FEES

The cost for a non-commercial Kansas driver's license ranges from $19 to $43.50 and $25 - 34 for commercial licenses. Other fees include:

  • Instruction Permit - $5 for 90 days
  • License Endorsement - $10 for 4 years
  • Replacement fee - $8
  • Exam fee - $3
  • Photo fee - $4

VALIDITY

The validity of a Kansas driver's license is based on the driver's age at the time the license was issued.

  • For drivers below 21, the license is valid until their 21st birthday, after which it may be renewed.
  • For drivers between 21 and 65, the driver's license is valid for six years.
  • For drivers less than 21 years of age or of 65 years of age or older, the driver's license is valid for 4 years.

LEARNER'S LICENSE

With certain restrictions, an individual can legally drive in Kansas with a learner's permit. See more information on learner's permits here.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Submitted by Teresa Frihart 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 on 17th Jul 2012

Still not working...as of

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

Submitted by Eggbert on 24th Aug 2011

The proof of identification

The proof of identification link is still not working

Submitted by Mysticeagle on 2nd Nov 2011

The Proof of Identification

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

Submitted by kaye620 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 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 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 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