Renewing Your License in Kansas
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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.
Drivers age 65 and older receive a four year license. Drivers between the ages of 21 and 64 receive a six year license. Your license expires on your birthday.
If you are age 21 or older, you can renew your license up to one year before the scheduled expiration date. If you are younger than 21, 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 based on age.
NOTE: To learn how to renew a commercial license, visit our CDL section.
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.
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, a reinstatement fee of at least $100 and an examination fee of $25 will be charged before you will be allowed 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.
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.
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.
The state has decided not to allow online driver's license renewals. This is due to concerns about privacy and the potential risk of identity theft.
Renewal by mail is only possible if you are temporarily residing out of state.
- Print form DE-MI1, Kansas Renewal, Extension, or Replacement form.
- Fill out the form, mark the appropriate box.
- Follow the instructions for the appropriate section.
- Fax to (785) 296-0691 or mail the form with all required additional information and payment to:
- P.O. Box 2188
- Topeka, KS 66612
Your new driver's license will be returned to the address you provide.
Generally, you'll need to visit the license exam station in person to renew your license.
- Provide proof of identity, Social Security number, proof of residency and proof of your principal residence address.
- Complete an eye exam. You can disregard the eye exam if you bring proof of one from a licensed optometrist or ophthalmologist, as long as the exam was made not more than three months before your renewal application.
- Complete a written exam that tests your understanding of highway signs and traffic laws. You may want to refresh your knowledge by studying the Driving Handbook before going to renew your license.
- Pass a driving exam if your license has been expired for over one year or was suspended.
- Have a new photo taken and submit your signature.
- 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.
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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