Special Licenses in Kansas
It's not just cross-country truckers who need a CDL. Some shuttle drivers and school bus drivers need to have a CDL, plus an endorsement.
To help you prepare to earn your CDL, the Kansas DOR has published an extensive manual which can be downloaded online. You may also wish to contact your nearest driver's license exam station or call (785) 296-3963 for additional information regarding CDL licensing procedures.
Shuttles and Buses Carrying 16 or More
To drive a bus which transports 16 or more people (including the driver) you must have a valid Kansas CDL. This is typically a Class C commercial license that entitles you to operate any single vehicle, or combination of vehicles, that is either designed to transport 16 or more passengers or is placarded for hazardous materials. You must also have all applicable endorsements, including the "P" endorsement that requires additional written and skills testing to allow you to transport passengers.
School Bus "S"
Only those who drive buses intended to transport schoolchildren must have an "S" endorsement on their CDL. To receive this endorsement, you'll need to pass a special knowledge test and a road exam conducted in a vehicle similar to the type of school bus you will be driving. You do not need to obtain an "S" endorsement if you drive a city bus or a bus owned by a private company.
There is a $10 fee per endorsement added to your CDL. All endorsements are valid for four years.
To drive a taxi or be a chauffeur for fewer than 16, you only need to have a regular driver's license. However, different counties may impose their own rules, so check with your hiring company for any special requirements.
Kansas requires no special license to drive an ATV or a snowmobile.
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