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    Determine the Status of Your License

    It is against the law to get behind the wheel without a legally valid driver's license. Fortunately, renewing your driver's license is a fairly straightforward process.

    As you're renewing your license, you may also want to keep in mind that proof of financial responsibility is required for all drivers in the state. In most cases, purchasing a car insurance policy is the easiest way to satisfy this requirement. Visit our Insurance Center to learn more about how to find a policy that provides the coverage you need at a price you can afford.

    Valid License

    Kansas licenses for drivers 65 years old and older expire every 4 years. For drivers between 21 - 64 years old, licenses expire every 6 years. Your license expires on your birthday.

    If you are 21 years old or older, you can renew your license up to 1 year before the scheduled expiration date. If you are younger than 21 years old, you must wait until your birthday to complete the renewal.

    To learn if your license is still valid, check request a copy of your driving record or check the listed expiration date.

    Curious about your fee? The Division of Vehicles provides a handy renewal fee chart.

    NOTE: To learn how to renew a commercial license, visit our CDL section.

    Expired License

    There is a $1 penalty if you fail to renew your license before it expires. In addition, you may receive a ticket if you are stopped by a law enforcement officer.

    You can see if your license has expired by requesting a copy of your driving record or looking at the date listed.

    Suspended License

    Requesting a copy of your driving record can help you learn if your license has been suspended. If your license is suspended for an alcohol-related offense, you'll need to pay a reinstatement fee of at least $100 plus a $25 examination fee in order to regain your driving privileges. A driving test will also be required.

    For most drivers, insurance premiums will increase after a license suspension. However, comparing rates through our Insurance Center may help you save money when getting back on the road.

    To learn more about regaining your driving privileges, please see our section on suspended licenses.

    Lost License

    Since it's against the law to drive without a license in your possession, it's important to replace a lost or stolen driver's license as soon as possible. See our page on Replacing a Lost License for more information about the process for requesting a duplicate license.

    Check Your Renewal Notice

    The Kansas Division of Vehicles will mail you a notice at least 30 days before the expiration of your driver's license. The notice will be sent to the address listed on your driver's license, so it's important to make sure you keep this information current. If you don’t receive a renewal form, however, it's still your responsibility to make sure your license is renewed in a timely fashion.

    Renew Online

    Currently, the state does not allow online driver's license renewals. This is due to concerns about privacy and the potential risk of identity theft.

    Renew By Mail

    Renewal by mail is only possible if you are temporarily residing out of state.

    1. Print and complete the appropriate Kansas Renewal, Extension, or Replacement form based on whether you are military or non-military.
    2. Fax to (785) 296-0691 or mail the form with all required additional information and payment to:
      • Driver's Licensing
      • Docking State Office Building
      • P.O. Box 2188
      • Topeka, KS 66601

    Your new driver's license will be returned to the address you provide.

    Renew In Person

    Generally, most residents will need to visit the nearest license exam station in person to renew your license.

    1. Provide proof of identity, Social Security number, proof of residency and proof of your principal residence address.
    2. Complete an eye exam. You can also bring proof of an exam from a licensed optometrist or ophthalmologist performed within the previous 3 months.
    3. Pass a driving exam (possibly required if your license is expired or suspended).
    4. Have a new photo taken and submit your signature.
    5. Pay all necessary fees. Fees are the same as fees for original licenses.

    You can renew your license at any driver's license exam station, regardless of your county of residence.

    Update Your Driving Skills

    Taking the time to update your driving skills after renewing your driver's license is a smart move. If you complete a supplemental traffic school course, you'll refresh your memory regarding the rules of the road while possibly reducing your annual insurance premiums. Consider shopping our Insurance Center for a new policy if your current insurance carrier doesn't offer a discount for course completion.

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