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Driver's License Information - Teen Drivers
Graduated Driver License Requirements For Teen Drivers


Guidelines for Parents and Guardians of Teen Drivers

 

From the GDL (Graduated Driver License) Bill (HB 2143)"any person who held any valid restricted Class C or Class M driver's license, instruction permit, restricted instruction permit or farm permit on the effective date of this act may continue to operate motor vehicles subject to the conditions, limitations and restrictions contained in KSA 8-237, 8-239 and 8-296. and amendments thereto, as in effect on December 31, 2009."

To correctly determine how the Graduated Driver's License law will affect you as a teenager, you must first answer this question -- Did you obtain an instruction permit, farm permit or restricted license prior to January 1, 2010?  If the answer to that question is YES -- the GDL requirements do not apply to you (see Teen Driving Information for drivers obtaining their permit or restricted license prior to 01-01-2010 at http://www.ksrevenue.org/dmteenprior.htm ).  If the answer to that question is NO -- then all of the new requirements and restrictions shown below that take effect on January 1, 2010 are what apply to you.

Instruction Permit - AGES 14, 15 AND 16

  • Present acceptable proof of identity 
  • Age:  Minimum 14 years old - age proof required 
  • Testing Required:  Vision and written tests - or certificate of completion from approved Driver Education.  (Pink copy of DE-99 Form required at Renewal Station if approved Driver Education course taken.)
  • Parental Approval Required:  Yes for 14 and 15 year olds - If under age 16, written application of parent or guardian required. 
  • Driver Education Required: No at Exam Station & Yes at Renewal Station
  • Driving Restrictions: Licensed adult with minimum age of 21 in front seat at all times and who holds a valid driver's license with a least one year of driving experience. No person except supervising driver can be in front seat.
  • Wireless Restriction: No use of wireless communication devices except to report illegal activity or to summon medical or emergency help
  • Passenger Restriction: No
  • Time Required to be Held: 1 year to advance to restricted license 

INSTRUCTION PERMIT - AGE 17 AND UP

  • Present acceptable proof of identity 
  • Age: Minimum 17 years old - age proof required 
  • Testing Required: Vision and written tests or certificate of completion from approved Driver Education (Pink copy of DE-99 form required at Renewal Station)
  • Parental Approval Required: No 
  • Driver Education Required:  No 
  • Driving Restrictions: Licensed adult in front seat at all times - minimum age 21
  • Wireless Restriction: No
  • Passenger Restriction: No
  • Time Required to be Held: None

Farm Permits - Age 14 and 15

  • Present acceptable proof of identity
  • Age:  Minimum 14 years old but less than 16 - Age proof required
  • Testing Required: Vision, Written and Drive or certificate of completion from approved Driver Education (Pink copy of DE-99 & Gold copy of DE-99 required at Renewal Station if approved Driver Education course taken)
  • Parental Approval Required: Yes
  • Farm Affidavit Required: Yes - Must reside on a farm (parcel of land larger than 20 acres used in agricultural operations) or be employed for compensation on a farm
  • Driver Education Required:  No
  • Instruction Permit Required:  No
  • 50-Hour Affidavit Required:  No - must provide prior to age 16 to move to lesser restrictions
  • Driving Restrictions:  To or from farm job, employment or other farm related work; To or from school; Anytime or anywhere with licensed adult; Over the most direct and accessible route between home and school for the purpose of attendance 
  • Wireless Restriction:  No use of wireless communication devices except to report illegal activity or to summon medical or emergency help 
  • Passenger Restriction:  May not transport any non-sibling minor passengers
  • Time Required to be Held:  At 16 will move to less restricted privileges if 50 hour affidavit has been turned in

Less Restricted Farm Permit Privileges - Age 16

  • Present acceptable proof of identity
  • Age Minimum:  16 years old but less than 17
  • Testing Required:  Vision, Written and Drive or certificate of completion from approved Driver Education (Pink copy of DE-99 & Gold copy of DE-99 required at Renewal Station if approved Driver Education course taken)
  • Parental Approval Required:  No
  • Driver Education Required:  No
  • Instruction Permit Required:  No
  • 50 Hour Affidavit Required:  Yes
  • Driving Restrictions: Anywhere from 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM; Anytime to or from farm job, employment or other farm related work; Anytime going to or from authorized school activities; Anytime or anywhere with a licensed adult 
  • Wireless Restriction:  No use of wireless communication devices except to report illegal activity or to summon medical or emergency help
  • Passenger Restriction:  No more than one non-sibling passenger under the age of 18
  • Time Required to be Held:  6 months - after licensee has held the restricted Farm Permit for 6 months or until age 17, whichever occurs first, if they have complied with all laws the restrictions will no longer apply

 Restricted Driver’s License - Age 15

  • Present acceptable proof of identity 
  • Age Minimum:  15 years old but less than 16
  • Testing Required: Vision 
  • Parental Approval Required:  Yes
  • Driver Education Required:  Yes
  • Instruction Permit Required:  Yes - must have held at least 1 year
  • 50 Hour Affidavit Required:  No - at 15 must have at least 25 hours; must provide 50 hours prior to 16 to move to lesser restrictions
  • Driving Restrictions:  To or from work; To or from school; Anytime or anywhere with licensed adult
  • Wireless Restriction:  No use of wireless communication devices except to report illegal activity or to summon medical or emergency help
  • Passenger Restriction:  May not transport any non-sibling minor passengers
  • Time Required to be Held:  At 16 will move to less restricted privileges if 50 hour affidavit has been turned in and maintains a satisfactory driving record
      

Less Restricted Privileges - Age 16

  • Present acceptable proof of identity
  • Age Minimum:  16 years old but less than 17
  • Testing Required:  Vision, Written and Drive - or certificate of completion from approved Driver Education (Pink copy of DE-99 and Gold copy of DE-99 required at Renewal Station if approved Driver Education course taken)
  • Parental Approval Required:  No
  • Driver Education Required:  No
  • Instruction Permit Required: Yes - must have held at least 1 year
  • 50 Hour Affidavit Required:  Yes
  • Driving Restrictions:  Anywhere from 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM; Anytime going to or from work; Anytime going to or from authorized school activities; Anytime or anywhere with a licensed adult
  • Wireless Restriction:  No use of wireless communication devices except to report illegal activity or to summon medical or emergency help
  • Passenger Restriction:  No more than one non-sibling passenger under the age of 18
  • Time Required to be Held:  6 months - after licensee has held the restricted DL for 6 months or until age 17, whichever occurs first, if they have complied with all laws, the restriction will no longer apply

Non-Restricted Driver’s License 

  • Present acceptable proof of identity
  • Age Minimum:  17 years old
  • Testing Required:  Vision, Written and Drive tests - or certificate of completion from approved Driver Education (Pink copy of DE-99 & Gold copy of DE-99 required at Renewal Station if approved Driver Education course taken)
  • Parental Approval Required:  No
  • Driver Education Required:  No
  • Instruction Permit Required:  No
  • 50 Hour Affidavit Required:  Yes, if 17; No, if 18 or older
  • Driving Restrictions:  None
  • Wireless Restriction:  No
  • Passenger Restriction:  No
  • Time Required to be Held:  None 

Teen Driving Links 

  • Teen Driving Information for Teen Drivers Obtaining Their Permit or Restricted License Prior to January 1, 2010 http://www.ksrevenue.org/pdf/GDL_public.pdf
  • Teen Driving Log Affidavit http://www.ksrevenue.org/pdf/teen_driving_log.pdf
  • Teen Driving Forms   http://www.ksrevenue.org/forms-dmv.htm 
  • New Driving Laws for Teen Drivers   http://www.KTSRO.org

 

Frequently Asked Questions – Teen Driving

 Where can I find information about the Graduated Driver's License law passed in 2009 and the new restrictions for teen drivers?

Find Graduated Driver's License Information at: http:/www.ksrevenue.org/pdf/GDL_public.pdf

 What are the requirements to obtain an unrestricted Driver’s License at age 16 in Kansas?

The licensee will need to provide an affidavit to the Driver's License Bureau stating that they have completed at least 50 hours of practice driving, with at least 10 hours at night, supervised by a licensed adult 21 years of age or older and signed by their parent or guardian. If the affidavit is not provided, the license restrictions will continue until age 17.  If the licensee is convicted of two or more moving violations on separate occasions before age 16, the license will remain restricted until age 17. Effective July 1, 1999, a violation for transporting non-sibling passengers will be a moving violation.

 A driver with an Instruction Permit, a Farm Permit or Restricted License may drive at any time when accompanied by an adult who is the holder of a valid Commercial Driver's License, Class A, B or C Driver's License and who is actually occupying the seat beside the driver. Must the accompanying adult be 21 years of age or older?

No. The adult accompanying the holder of an Instruction Permit, Farm Permit or Restricted License must be 18 years of age or older. However, hours driven with an adult under 21 years of age cannot be credited toward the 50 hours of adult supervised  driving.

Will the Driver's License Bureau require documentation such as a log showing the total number of hours supervised driving completed?

No.  The Bureau will not require a log, however, we encourage parents or guardians to use a log to keep track of supervised driving time.

Can a license or Instruction Permit issued by another state be accepted in lieu of a Kansas Instruction Permit, if it has been held for six months or more?

No. The law states that the Instruction Permit be issued in Kansas (pursant to K.S. 8-239).

Is it necessary to return to a Driver's License office to have the age restriction removed from a Farm Permit or a Restricted License when the licensee turns 16 or when the 50 hour requirement is met?

All Kansas Driver's Licenses issued to a person under 21 years of age and all Farm Permits are valid until the licensee's 21st birthday at the time of application. So, it is not necessary to return to a driver license office to have the restriction removed. The computer record of all licensees will be updated to remove the age restriction when all criteria to remove the restriction have been met. If the licensee wishes to have a new license without the restriction, he or she may return to a Driver's License office and have a new license made for a fee.

Will the Division of Vehicles require an affidavit to verify the first 25 hours of supervised driving?

No.  An affidavit is only necessary upon the completion of the entire 50 hours of driving, 10 of which must be done at night.

Will the affidavit required be retained by the Driver's License Bureau?

If the affidavit is provided to an examiner, it will be verified and returned to the applicant.  If it is submitted by mail to the Driver's License Bureau, it will not be returned.

If a student has held an Instruction Permit for 1 year and allowed it to expire, will the Driver License Bureau accept the time the permit was held toward the six month requirement?

Yes.

Will a Farm Permit be accepted in lieu of an Instruction Permit to meet the six month requirement?

Yes. If the applicant has held a Farm Permit for at least six months before making application for a Restricted License, the Division will accept the Farm Permit in lieu of the Instruction Permit.

Will the hours of driving completed by a Driver's Education student count toward the 50 hours of required supervised driving?

Actual time spent behind the wheel will be counted toward the requirement if the instructor is 21 years of age or older. Time spent observing or spent doing "range" driving, when not actually accompanied by an adult 21 years of age or older, will not be counted.

May a student who has completed a Driver's Education course continue to use the blue DE-99 permit until they have completed the six month Instruction Permit requirement?

No. The blue DE-99 Instruction Permit is only valid during the Driver's Education course. All applicants for a Restricted License must have held an Instruction Permit (or a Farm Permit) issued by the Driver's License Bureau for at least six months.

Will the time that a Restricted Instruction Permit (the blue form) issued with the DE-99 count toward the six month Instruction Permit requirement?

No.  All applicants for a Restricted Instruction Permit must have held an Instruction Permit for at least six months issued by the Driver's License Examining Bureau (or a Farm Permit as discussed above.)

Will the Driver's License Bureau accept a DE-99 Driver's Education completion certificate in lieu of written testing for an Instruction Permit?

Yes. If the applicant has completed Driver's Education and can provide proof of name and date of birth as required, the Driver's License Bureau will accept the completion certificate and issue an Instruction Permit.

In the above scenario, will the Driver's License Bureau know that the person has completed Driver's Education, so when they have held the Instruction Permit for six months they may return for a Restricted license?

Yes.  A notation will be made on the permit holder's computer record to show completion of Driver's Education.

Can a student re-enroll in Driver's Education multiple times to document the necessary hours of driving time?

This would be up to the Driver's Education instructor and the student's parents or guardian.

Will an applicant for an Instruction Permit, Farm Permit or Restricted License be required to take a vision test each time he visits the Driver's License Examining Bureau?

Any time a change is made to the license type held, the Driver's License Bureau will require a vision test.

We live in another state and will be traveling through Kansas by car. Can my child drive with his or her restricted license or learner's permit?

Answers to these questions can be found at: http://www.kansashighwaypatrol.org/faqs/dl.htm

 

Kansas Department of Revenue Teen Driving Site:  
www.ksrevenue.org/faqs-dmvteen.htm

Revised 05-05-2010