kansas-road-signAre you ready to pass the Kentucky permit test?   In this step-by-step guide we will explain what it takes to pass the Kansas permit test and get your permit and ultimately your license.  Let’s get started!

Like most other states, Kansas has adopted a Graduated License Program (GDL), which helps young drivers gain experience slowly so they don’t put other drivers on the road at risk.

In the state of Kansas, the GDL process has three stages:

  • Instruction Permit.
  • Restricted License.
  • Full License.

Instruction Permit

When you are 14 years old, you can apply for your Instruction Permit (or learner’s permit) in the state of Kansas. With this permit, you can practice driving when accompanied by a licensed driver age 21 or above.

Before you can get your permit, you must pass a written exam (also known as the permit test) to show that you have properly studied the rules of the road. The test will also check your knowledge of traffic signs and signals.

Note: Driver’s education is not a requirement in the state of Kansas, but if you complete a state-approved course before applying for your Instruction Permit, you will not be required to take the written exam.

Make Study a Priority

If you want to do well on the exam, you must make studying a priority. We provide a free copy of the Kansas Driver’s Handbook, and you can get a hard copy by contacting the Kansas Department of Revenue Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office.

Consider Practice Exams

Practice exams cover all of the information you will need to know to pass the permit test. Our Kansas practice permit test is a sure way to increase your chances of doing well.

Visit Your Local DMV Facility and do Your Testing

Before you leave, make sure you bring:

  • Your parents, or signed proof of consent.
  • Proof of identity (such as a birth certificate or passport).
  • Proof of Kansas residency (such as an employment stub or school record).
  • $31 for license and testing fees.
  • If you took a driver’s education course, you will need to show proof of passing so you can avoid taking the permit test.

If you are required to take the permit test, you will do so now. Regardless of whether or not you took driver’s education, you will need to pass a vision test before you will be given your permit.

Start Practicing

While holding your Instruction Permit, the state of Kansas requires that you complete 25 hours of practice driving under the supervision of a licensed driver age 21 or older.

Restricted License

When you are at least 15 years old and have held your Instruction Permit for at least a year, you can apply for your Restricted License. First, you must complete your supervised driving hours and complete a state-approved driver’s education course. If you wish to skip driver’s education, you will have to continue with your Instruction Permit until you are 17 years old and can apply for your full license.

When you are ready, visit your local DMV office and bring along:

  • Proof of identity.
  • Proof that you passed your driver’s education course.
  • Signed proof that you logged at least 25 hours of supervised practice (Form DE-IB101).
  • $31 in license and testing fees.

At this point, as long as you passed driver’s education, you will not need to take a behind-the-wheel test. However, you will be asked to do another vision test.

The Kansas Restricted License comes with a few rules:

  • Before age 16, you may only drive to and from work or school without being accompanied by a licensed driver age 21 or older. You also may not carry passengers other than family members.
  • After age 16, you may drive alone to other locations between the hours of 5 a.m. and 9 p.m. You may drive with one unrelated passenger under the age of 18.
  • Regardless of your age, you may not text or otherwise use a cell phone (even hands free) while driving. The only exception is an emergency situation.

During this phase, you must also complete an additional 25 hours of supervised driving practice, with 10 of those hours taking place at night.

Driver’s License

When you are 16 and a half years old, you have completed all practice requirements and have received no traffic violations in the last six months, you can apply for your full license. You don’t have to do anything at this point. Your restrictions will simply be removed.

Additional Information

When you are 17, you may apply for a full license without completing the other stages of the GDL. However, you will be expected to pass a written test, a behind-the-wheel test and a vision test. You will also need to log at least 50 hours practice driving under the supervision of a licensed driver age 21 or older, with at least 10 of those hours being at night. When you do, all restrictions on your license will be lifted.