Driver's License Issues in Kansas
A free informational webinar on Driver's License Issues in Kansas will be held July 21, 2020, from noon to 1 p.m.!
Here is the zoom link: https://bit.ly/2ZVHXjv
The meeting ID is 930 4574 1403, password is 308258
Driver's License Status
If you want to check the status of your Kansas Driver’s License, click here.
Suspended Driver's License
Updated numbers from the Kansas Department of Revenue show that more than 213,000 Kansans have suspended licenses, about half of them from Sedgwick County and the City of Wichita. Around 71% of these suspensions are a direct result of unpaid fines and court fees. In some situations, drivers with suspended licenses are able to apply for a restricted license. A restricted license allows a person to drive:
- To and from work and school
- To and from drug or alcohol counseling
- To and from an appointment with a healthcare provider or during a medical emergency
- In the course of your employment
- Any place you are required to go by a court Restricted licenses give you up to 12 months to pay off fines and court fees before your license is resuspended. It costs $25 to apply for a restricted license and you must send in a form asking to modify your suspension. That form can be found at https://www.ksrevenue.org/pdf/dc1020.pdf .
Once you have a completed form, you can either submit it online through the DOR Customer Service Center or you can mail it and the application fee to:
Division of Vehicles
PO Box 12021
Topeka KS 66612-2021
To find out if you are able to apply for a restricted license, please follow this guide.
DUIs and Ignition Interlock Devices
If you have had a DUI conviction, you likely have been told that you need to get an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle. The State of Kansas published an amendment to the Ignition Interlock Program stating that "all new ignition interlock devices will include a camera starting January 8, 2020." Information on the Ignition Interlock Program including where to get the device installed or removed can be found at https://www.kansashighwaypatrol.org/476/Ignition-Interlock-Program .
Driving Tests and Driver's Education
Disclaimer: The DMV is not doing driving tests right now. All written tests and vision tests are by appointment; some of the appointments are scheduled over phone and others are scheduled online through Q-Flow.
Some people fear taking their driving tests. If you want to feel more prepared for the written test, you can take practice versions online at https://driving-tests.org/kansas/ or https://www.ksrevenue.org/dovalexa.html . You can find a copy of the driver's handbook online at https://www.ksrevenue.org/pdf/dlhb.pdf or ask for a hard copy from your local DMV.
There are many online Driver Education courses being offered over the Internet. Internet courses do not meet requirements for a Driver's License in Kansas. The only programs approved by the State of Kansas for Driver Education purposes are programs offered through a local, accredited school district and approved by the Department of Education. A certificate of completion from an Internet Driver Education course will not be accepted for getting a license. If you are unsure whether a program has been approved, you may contact the Department of Education at 785-296-8107 or the Kansas Division of Vehicles at 785-296-3671.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
My license is revoked, am I able to get a restricted license?
No, unfortunately once your license is revoked, you will have a waiting period of three years before you can get any valid license. The exact date you are eligible will show up in the driver’s license status check.
What do I need to do to get a restricted license?
First you will want to make sure you are eligible. You can do so by using our Guide Clearly tool under the Suspended License heading. If you are eligible, you can fill out the form the guide links you to.
Is there any way to waive my reinstatement fee?
- You can petition the court to waive your reinstatement fee. In order to do so, you will need to fill out a Reinstatement Fee Waiver and a Financial Affidavit. The Financial Affidavit must be signed in front of a notary.
Once I have a restricted license, how do I get it unrestricted?
Restricted licenses allow you to have 12 months from the date you are granted a restricted license to pay off any and all outstanding court costs and fees. Once you successfully pay off all of your court costs and fees, you can get your unrestricted license. If you do not pay off all of your court costs and fees within 12 months, your restricted license will become suspended.
Can I take my written driver’s test online?
No. Although there are many practice tests and study resources, the written driver’s test is only offered in person. Any online test or online driver’s education course will not fulfill the test requirements to obtain a driver’s license.
What if my name or birthdate on my driver’s license doesn’t match my birth certificate?
If you have a different name or date of birth on your driver’s license than your birth certificate, you will need to show proof of your identity to the DMV to get this fixed. If the name on your driver’s license is correct and you need a legal name change to modify your birth certificate, you can find name change petitions here.
If you have additional questions regarding you driver's license, please call Driver's Solutions at 785-296-3671 option 3.
Apply to Kansas Legal Services for Additional Help
If you need help getting your license reinstated or getting a restricted license, please fill out our online application.