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    Kansas Driver’s Permits

    The Kansas Department of Revenue (DOR) requires all new drivers to satisfy the requirements of its graduated driver licensing (GDL) program. The first step is getting your learner’s permit.

    If you would like to bypass some of the testing requirements, you should also consider taking a driver’s education course. Completing a driver's education course may not only waive some of your DMV tests, but it can also help to prepare you to be a safer, more responsible driver when you get your unrestricted driver's license.

    Continue reading to learn more about obtaining your KS learner’s permit.

    New to Kansas?

    The Kansas DOR will NOT transfer an out-of-state instruction permit, even if you have held it for more than 6 months. You will need to apply for a KS learner’s permit in order to get your driver’s license in Kansas.

    Continue reading below for details about the learner’s permit application process.

    Applying for a Kansas Learner’s Permit

    You must be at least 14 years old to apply for a learner's permit in Kansas. To apply, you’ll need to visit your local Kansas DOR office and:

    • Have approval from your parent or guardian, if you’re 14 years old or 15 years old.
    • Show proof of your identity.
    • Show proof of your KS residency.
    • Pass a vision test.
    • Pass the written permit test.
    • Pay the required fees:
      • $20 permit fee.
      • $8 photo fee.
      • $3 testing fee.

    Your Kansas learner’s permit will be valid for 1 year.

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    Taking the Written Permit Test

    The written Kansas permit test is a required part of the application process for a learner's permit. The test will contain a series of multiple-choice questions related to traffic laws and road signs in Kansas.

    If you submit a driver’s education completion certificate (Form DE-99) when you apply, the KS driver’s license bureau will waive the written test.

    To get ready for your KS written permit test, you should read the Kansas Driver Manual and take some time to pass an online practice test.

    Kansas Learner’s Permit Restrictions

    When operating a vehicle in Kansas while holding your learner’s permit, you must:

    • Be supervised by a driver who:
      • Is at least 21 years old.
      • Has 1 year of driving experience.
    • NOT have anyone in the front passenger seat other than your driving supervisor.
    • NOT use a mobile phone, except to report illegal activity or an emergency.

    Behind-the-Wheel Driving Requirements

    Once you have your KS learner’s permit, you’re ready for supervised behind-the-wheel training.

    If you’re 15 years old, you must have completed 25 hours of driving practice before moving on to a restricted driver’s license.

    Once you fulfill the behind-the-wheel requirement and have held your learner’s permit for 1 year, you’re eligible to apply for your intermediate restricted driver’s license.

    Next Step: Your KS Restricted Driver's License

    You must meet the following requirements to be eligible for a restricted Kansas driver’s license:

    • Be at least 15 years old.
    • Held your learner's permit for at least 1 year.
    • Have parental approval.
    • Have completed at least 25 hours of behind-the-wheel driving practice.

    For steps and details, please visit our page on Applying for a New License (Teen Drivers) in Kansas.

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