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Frequently Asked Questions - Kansas Teen Driver

The State of Kansas has the following requirements for obtaining an instruction permit:

• You must be at least 14 years old.
• You must be able to pass a written exam.
• You must be able to pass a vision test.
• You must provide written consent from your parent or legal guardian if age 14 or 15.

Applicants who provide a certificate of completion from an approved driver’s education course do not need to take the written exam. Teen drivers who have an instruction permit from another state still need to apply for a Kansas instruction permit.

Farm Permits
• You must be at least 14 years old but less than 16.
• You must be able to pass a written test.
• You must be able to pass a vision test.
• You must be able to pass a driving test or provide a certificate of completion from an approved driver education course.
• You must provide a farm affidavit.
• You must provide written consent from your parent or legal guardian.

Less Restricted Farm Permit Privileges
• You must be at least 16 years old but less than 17.
• You must be able to pass a vision test.
• You must be able to pass a driving test or provide a certificate of completion from an approved driver education course.
• You must submit a 50 hour affidavit.
• You must hold the permit for six months or until age 17, whichever occurs first

When you arrive at the Kansas DMV to get a permit or license, you must first fill out an application by providing your name, age, address and Social Security number. If you are under 18, a parent or legal guardian must sign the application. You must also submit documents proving identity, date of birth and Kansas residency.

• You must be able to pass the test with a minimum of 20/40 vision in at least one eye. Your field of vision must be better than 55 degrees in one eye or 110 degrees for both eyes. Applicants who fail the vision exam are required to obtain a vision report from an optometrist or ophthalmologist.

Driving Test
o You must have an instruction permit for at least six months before you can schedule a driving test. Applicants will be graded upon some of the following maneuvers:
o Making a smooth stop
o Backing up in a straight and smooth manner
o Stopping at intersections without going over the marked lines
o Making turns at an intersection and yielding to cross traffic
o Right of way
o Parking on a hill
o Passing other vehicles
o When to use the horn
o How to safely follow another vehicle

If you fail either the written or driving test, you can take them again the next business. After failing either test four times, you will have to wait at least six months before trying again.

The Kansas Department of Revenue (DOR) requires applicants to submit one document from list A, a second document from list A, B, C or D and proof of residency. Non-citizens must provide proof of lawful presence from list B, a second item from list C or D and proof of residency. Renewal applicants must submit their license or identification card and one item from list E as proof of residency. Applicants for a replacement driver’s license or identification card must present two items from list A, B, C or D a proof of identity and one item from list E as proof of residency. All applicants must provide a Social Security number or one document from list B as proof of lawful presence and proof of residency. All documents must be an original or certified copy.

List A—Documentation for American Citizens or Born in the United States
• United States birth certificate (issued by county, state or federal agency or Department of Justice)
• Birth certificate from a United States territory (Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Samoa and U.S. Virgin Islands)
• United States passport or passport card (not expired)
• United States military identification (active duty, dependent, retired, reserve or National Guard not expired)
• Certified Order of Adoption (must be an original United States document)
• Certificate of Naturalization with photo (Form N-550, N-570 or N-578)
• Certificate of United States Citizenship (Form N-560, N-561 or N-645)
• United States military Common Access Card with photo, date of birth, name and branch of service
• Consular Report of Birth Abroad (issued by United States government)

List B—Documentation for Non-Citizens or Not Born in the United States
• Valid foreign passport with I-94 or “Processed for I-551” stamp with departure date more than 60 days in the future (no border crossing cards)
• I-94 with refuges status (passport is not required)
• Valid I-551 Resident Alien or Permanent Resident Card
• Valid Employment Authorization with photo (issued by United States Department of Justice)

List C—Documentation for Proof of Name Change
• Certified marriage certificate issued by United States city, county or state
• Certified divorce decree (United States with official signature)
• Certified court order of name change (United States only)
• Certified court order of adoption
• Marriage certificate from foreign country (must be translated if not in English)

List D—Documentation for Replacement of Kansas Driver’s License or Identification Card
• Valid motor vehicle registration with signature
• Selective Service Card with signature
• Valid life insurance policy or card
• Kansas vehicle title
• High school diploma or GED
• Valid Kansas school or college identification card with photo or school yearbook with photo less than three years old (must be commercially produced)
• Professional license
• Medicare identification card
• Student identification card
• Employee identification card
• Parole documents
• Medical records
• Kansas voter registration card
• Driver’s license or identification card with photo from any state
• Copy of state or federal income tax return with signature of the person
• Identification certificate issued by the Department of Corrections to offender under supervision of the Secretary of Corrections

List E—Documentation for Proof of Residency (Must be in applicant’s name)
• Kansas school forms (tuition invoices, receipts, report cards, class schedule, DE-99) or transcripts with applicant’s Kansas address or school, college or university records with student’s name and Kansas address and valid school or college identification card with photo
• Utility bills with Kansas address
• Property tax bill or receipt with Kansas address
• Kansas mortgage documents or homeowner insurance documents with Kansas residence or proof of home ownership with Kansas address
• W-2 form with applicants name and Kansas address (less than 18 months old)
• Valid Kansas motor vehicle registration
• Proof of Kansas public assistance with Kansas address
• Residential rental or lease agreement with Kansas address, credit card statement with address issued within last 90 days, checking or savings account statement within last 60 days
• Payroll check stub issued within the last two months imprinted with residential address
• Original bank statement issued by Kansas bank less than two months old with Kansas residential address
• Utility bill less than two month old issued to applicant (cell phone and pager bills are unacceptable)
• Current automobile, homeowners or life insurance bill including name and address of applicant (policies or cards are unacceptable)
• Copies of school transcripts or records from Kansas school where applicant is currently attending
• Driver’s license, learner’s permit or DMV issued identification card with photo or renewal notice displaying applicant’s current address
• United States Postal Service change of address confirmation form or postmarked U.S. mail with forwarding address label displaying applicant’s name
• Letter from social welfare institution stating applicant is a resident of the facility
• Identification certificate issued by the Department of Corrections to offender under supervision of the Secretary of Corrections

You should complete a state-approved driver’s education course that will help you feel secure behind the wheel and learn about the traffic laws. The course typically covers the following topics:

• The driving handbook
• Rules of the road
• Basic skills of operating a motor vehicle
• Handling adverse weather conditions
• Traffic and road signs

Many insurance companies offer a discount to driver’s who have completed a formal training course.

The State of Kansas has three different types of licenses available for teen drivers who meet the following requirements:

Restricted Driver’s License
• You must be at least 15 years old but less than 16.
• You must be able to pass a vision test.
• You must have the approval of a parent or legal guardian
• You must have completed an approved driver education course.
• You must have held an instruction permit for at least one year.
• You must have completed at least 25 hours of supervised driving.

Less Restricted Privileges
• You must be at least 16 years old but less than 17.
• You must pass a vision, written and driving exam or submit a certificate of completion from an approved driver education course.
• You must have held an instruction permit for at least one year.
• You must have completed at least 50 hours of supervised driving, with 10 done at night.

Non-Restricted Driver’s License
• You must be at least 17 years old.
• You must pass a vision, written and driving exam or submit a certificate of completion from an approved driver education course.
• You must submit the 50-hour affidavit of supervised driving if under 18.

Once you have an instruction permit, you must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or another licensed driver who is 21 years or older. This person must sit next to you in the passenger seat at all times. You must accumulate at least 50 hours of practice driving and 10 of those must be done at night.

The State of Kansas has the following restrictions for permit and licenses:

Instruction Permits
• You must always be accompanied by a licensed driver who is 21 years or older and has at least one year of driving experience. You are prohibited from using any type of wireless communication device while driving unless calling for emergency help or reporting illegal activity.

Farm Permits (Under 16)
• You may drive to or from your place of employment, farm job, other farm related work or to school. You are not allowed to transport any minor passengers who are not a sibling. Using a wireless communication device while driving is prohibited unless calling for emergency help or reporting illegal activity.

Less Restricted Farm Permit (Age 16)
• You may drive to or from your place of employment, farm job, other farm-related work or to school activities or a religious service held by a religious organization. You are not allowed to transport more than one minor passenger who is not a sibling. Using a wireless communication device while driving is prohibited unless calling for emergency help or reporting illegal activity.

Restricted Driver’s License (Under 16)
• You may drive to or from your place of employment or farm-related work. You must travel over the most direct route between home and school. During this time you must complete an additional 25 hours or supervised driving. No minor non-sibling passenger is allowed in the vehicle. Using a wireless communication device while driving is prohibited unless calling for emergency help or reporting illegal activity.

Less Restricted Privileges (Age 16)
• For the first six months you may drive to or from your place of employment or farm-related work or to school activities or a religious service held by a religious organization. You are allowed to have only one non-immediate family member under 18 as a passenger.

If you are under the age of 16, you need the consent of your parent or legal guardian before you can obtain an instruction or farm permit. Farm permits require permission from the employer if the applicant does not live on the farm. You should also take time to study the Kansas Driver’s License Handbook which is available at any Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or online at the Kansas Department of Revenue’s website.

As of January 1, 2010, anyone with an instruction permit, farm permit or restricted license is prohibited from using a cell phone, text-messaging device, laptop computer or audio/video player while driving. As of January 1, 2011, all drivers in Kansas are prohibited from reading, writing or sending a test message while driving. Anyone who violates this law will be fined $60.