Behind the Wheel in Kansas
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Kansas Behind-the-Wheel Training
If you're a teenager applying for your first driver's license, you may need to complete both driver's training during Driver's Ed and behind-the-wheel practice first.This is a requirement of the Kansas Department of Revenue (DOR) graduated driver's license (GDL) requirements.
Both of these requirements will help you develop your driving skills and gain the driving experience necessary to pass your driving test and get on the road with your unrestricted driver's license.
On this page you'll find information about your behind-the-wheel training requirements and the next steps in the GDL program.
KS Behind-the-Wheel Requirements
Your behind-the-wheel driving requirements will vary depending on your age.
If you are younger than 16 years old, you'll need to complete:
- Driver's training as part of your Driver's Ed course.
- 50 hours of supervised driving practice.
If you are between 16 and 18 years old when you apply for your driver's license, you'll only need to complete 50 hours of supervised behind-the-wheel training with a learner's permit.
You can begin your behind-the-wheel requirements of the GDL program when you are at least 14 years old by applying for an instruction permit and enrolling in Driver's Ed/driver's training.
For more information, please visit our following pages:
Driver's Training in Kansas
Behind-the-wheel driver's training is a component of Kansas Driver’s Ed programs and is required if you're a teenager wanting to get a restricted driver's license when you are 15 years old.
Driver's training is offered by professional driving schools and public schools.
You will usually begin the in-car training with your driving instructor after you pass the classroom portion of the program.
If your driver's training instructor is 21 years old or older, some of your behind-the-wheel training during your course may count towards your additional supervised practice hours. (See “ Kansas Behind-the-Wheel Practice" below.)
NOTE: Some of your DMV testing requirements may be waived if you complete a driver’s education/driver's training course.
Kansas Behind-the-Wheel Practice
With your learner's permit you can ONLY drive while supervised by a licensed adult who is at least 21 years old.
Before advancing from your instruction permit to your restricted driver's license when you turn 15 years old, you must complete at least 25 hours of your supervised behind-the-wheel requirement.
You must complete a total of 50 hours of supervised driving practice with at least 10 hours completed at night before you can receive your unrestricted driver's license at 16 years old.
You must submit your completed Teen Driving Experience Log (Form DE-IB01) signed by your parent/legal guardian.
Next Steps – Provisional Driver's License
You can take your driving test and obtain your provisional KS driver's license after you:
- Turn 16 years old.
- Have held your learner's permit for at least 1 year.
- Have completed your supervised driving practice and submitted your Teen Driving Experience Log (Form DE-IB01).
NOTE: If you are at least 17 years old, you still need to obtain a learner's permit, but there is no minimum amount of time you must hold it before applying for a provisional driver's license.
For more information, please visit our Applying for a New License (Teen Drivers) in Kansas page.