Renewing Your CDL in Kansas
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Commercial driver licenses are good for four years and must be renewed in person at any license exam station in Kansas. Please keep in mind that all exam stations are closed on Mondays, and those located in less populated regions may have reduced hours. Call in advance to confirm days and time.
About 30 days before your CDL expires, you should receive a notice from the Kansas DMV, letting you know that your license renewal is due.
If you have a CDL with a hazmat endorsement, you should receive notice of renewal approximately 60 days before expiration, as there are new requirements for hazmat endorsement holders.
In Kansas, all drivers are required to successfully complete both a vision exam and a written knowledge test each time they apply for or renew a driver license, whether it's a regular a commercial driver license. If you have undergone an eye examination by a licensed ophthalmologist within the last three months, bring your certificate from the doctor to your renewal appointment.
You may also be asked to have a new physical.
All CDLs are renewed for a four-year period. The renewal fees are:
- Commercial driver license fee: $29 (includes $8 photo fee and $3 test fee)
If you also hold a motorcycle license the renewal fees are:
- Commercial driver license fee: $38 (includes $9 endorsement fee, $8 photo fee and $3 test fee)
If you hold a Hazardous Materials endorsement (hazmat) from the Kansas DOR, you will be required to undergo a threat assessment investigation, which is a very specific type of background check processed through the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). You will also be required to have your fingerprints taken before your hazmat endorsement can be renewed.
In order for the TSA to begin the threat assessment investigation, you will need to have your fingerprints collected. You may have this done at any of the following CDL offices in Kansas:
- Garden City
- The threat assessment investigation fee (includes fingerprints) is $89.25
- All fees are the responsibility of the hazmat endorsement holder
- Regardless of investigation outcome, fees are not refundable
- You must be fingerprinted in Kansas
- Out-of-state fingerprints are not accepted
- You must go to one of the CDL offices to be fingerprinted
- You must be fingerprinted at least 30 days before your CDL expires
- You may download the hazmat endorsement application form to fill out, and take with you when you go to be fingerprinted
- Take care when you fill out the application. If there are errors or if it is not filled out correctly, you must have your fingerprints taken again and must pay another $89.25 fee
While you are waiting for your threat assessment investigation to be completed, you may renew your CDL. You must wait until the TSA gives you an approval before you will be allowed to renew your hazmat endorsement, though.
You must self-certify your type of vehicle operation with the Kansas Division of Vehicles by January 2014. This means you must self-certify one of the following driving categories:
- Non-Excepted Interstate
- Excepted Interstate
- Non-Excepted Intrastate
- Excepted Intrastate
If you choose Non-Excepted Interstate, you must provide the Division of Vehicles with a federal medical certificate.
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