Kansas DMV Handbook and Regulations FAQ

If you’re preparing to apply for your Kansas state driver’s license, then be aware that you will potentially be tested on all of the information to be found in the official Kansas state DMV handbook. However, you may also find the following FAQ helpful as far as knowing what to expect from the experience of being a licensed driver in Kansas. In order to maximize your chances of passing your exam the first time, consider studying with a practice test designed to mimic the actual test-taking experience.
How old do I need to be before I qualify for a Kansas driver’s license or learner’s permit?
Minimum age limits attached to driving privileges can differ greatly from state to state. However, in Kansas, you need to be at least 14 years old before you can apply. Young drivers should also note that if they are 15 years of age or younger, their parents will need to bring them to the DMV.
Does Kansas require me to pass a physical in order to qualify for my license?
No. You are not required to pass a physical in Kansas in order to obtain your driver’s privileges. However, you will need to pass a vision test. You will also, of course, need to pass the standard written test and subsequent behind-the-wheel test.
I have a learner’s permit that I would like to transfer to Kansas. Will that be possible?
Unfortunately, no. Out-of-state learner’s permits are not recognized in Kansas, nor are they eligible for transfer the way a normal driver’s license would be. You will need to go through the process of applying for a Kansas state driver’s license following the same procedures you’d follow if you’d never had a learner’s permit before. You can, however, use your out-of-state learner’s permit as a secondary form of identification during the application process though.
What is the Kansas graduated driver’s licensing (GDL) program? At what age am I eligible for each stage?
Kansas is just one of the multitude of states that have made the wise decision to adopt a graduated driver’s licensing program. Also known as GDL, the program aims to make sure teen drivers have all of the skill and knowledge they’ll need to be safe, responsible, able motorists as adults. The program consists of several milestones, most of which are age-related. Ages at which young drivers are eligible for each stage of the program are as follows.
  • You are eligible for your learner’s permit at 14 years old.
  • You are eligible for your provisional/restricted/junior license at 15 years old.
  • You can get your restricted privileges license at 16 years old.
  • You can get your full non-restricted license at 17 years old.
Am I required to take driver’s education in the state of Kansas?
In Kansas, driver’s education is required if you are looking to get a restricted privileges driver’s license as detailed above. However, you are not required to take driver’s ed first if you are applying for a Kansas learner’s permit or a standard unrestricted license.
What are the advantages of taking a driver’s ed course?
It should go without saying that driver’s ed courses provide beginning drivers with a lot of valuable knowledge and experience that will be useful to them throughout their lives as drivers. However, that’s not the only advantage to taking the courses by a long shot. Those that pass a state-recognized driver’s ed program are actually exempt from taking both the Kansas road rules written test and the behind-the-wheel driving test.
Once I get my Kansas learner’s permit, what are the restrictions I need to adhere to as far as driving goes?
A Kansas state learner’s permit allows you a lot of privileges as a soon-to-be licensed driver. However, you need to make sure you’re adhering to the regulations attached to those privileges.
  • You can only drive when accompanied by a licensed driver that is a minimum of 25 years old. Also, that driver must ride in the front passenger seat at all times.
  • Only the licensed driver that meets the above criteria is allowed to ride in the front seat when you are driving.
  • You are never to use a cell phone while you are driving. (This applies to both texting and talking.) The only exceptions are for situations where you’re reporting illegal activity or calling for emergency assistance.
I heard that in Kansas, some of the restrictions attached to my provisional license will fall away after I turn 16. Is that true?
Yes. In Kansas, some of the restrictions attached to your junior license will cease to apply to you… but not all of them. Once you turn 16, your new driving rules will go as follows:
  • You can drive only during the hours of 5AM and 9PM.
  • You are allowed to drive to and from work, school, and religious services. You are also allowed to drive for farm-related purposes.
  • You may now drive with one non-sibling passenger so long as they are at least 18 years old.
  • You are still forbidden from using a cell phone in any capacity while you are driving unless you need to summon emergency services.
I’ve just moved to Kansas, but I have a valid driver’s license. Do I have to retake my driver’s tests?
If you already have a valid out-of-state license, then you most likely won’t have to retake any of your driver’s tests. (The only exception would be if a Kansas DMV employee decided it was in their best interest to request that you retake it.) You also will not have to retake driver’s tests for licenses that have been expired for less than one year.
How quickly am I expected to transfer my license once I move to Kansas?
You are required by Kansas state law to have your out-of-state license transferred to Kansas within 90 days of becoming a resident. Make sure that you arrive at the DMV field office prepared to prove your identity, your social security number, and your residency.
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