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NEW DRIVERS AND FIRST TIME APPLICANTS
Following are the basic requirements for applying for a Kansas driver's license:
- Applicants must be 14 years or older.
- 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.
- 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.
- Applicants must provide acceptable proof of identification.
- Applicants must provide proof of Kansas residency and lawful presence.
- On moving remember to notify the Kansas Department of Revenue of your new address within 10 days of moving.
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.
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
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.
With certain restrictions, an individual can legally drive in Kansas with a learner's permit. See more information on learner's permits here.
- See also Renewing Your License.
- For information on other types of licenses, see Commercial Driver's Licenses, Motorcycle Licenses.
- It is necessary to have active Auto Insurance in order to drive legally in Montana.
- New drivers see our Driver Education , Driving Schools, Beginner Drivers and Learner's Permits for Beginner Drivers sections.