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When to Renew

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.

Renewal Notice

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 a renewal notice before expiration, as there are new requirements for hazmat endorsement holders.

Renewal Exams

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 recently undergone an eye examination by a licensed ophthalmologist, bring your certificate from the doctor to your renewal appointment.

You may also be asked to have a new physical.

Renewal Fees

All CDLs are renewed for a period of 4 years. The renewal fees are:

  • Commercial driver license fee: $18 CDL fee and $8 photo fee)

If you also hold a motorcycle license the renewal fees are:

  • Commercial driver license fee: $18 CDL fee, $9 endorsement fee, $8 photo fee)

Hazardous Materials Endorsements Renewals

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.

Fingerprint Collection

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:

  • Chanute
  • Colby
  • Garden City
  • Hays
  • Mission
  • Salina
  • Topeka
  • Wichita

Fees

  • All fees are the responsibility of the hazmat endorsement holder
  • Regardless of investigation outcome, fees are not refundable

Fingerprinting

  • 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 before your CDL expires

Application

  • 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 fee

CDL Renewal

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.

New Federal Requirements

You must self-certify your type of vehicle operation with the Kansas Division of Vehicles. 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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