The Driver’s Education Process

Driving school in Kansas requires 8 hours of classroom instruction and 6 hours of behind-the-wheel driving instruction and the student must pass both the written and driving exams to receive a certificate of completion. 

To learn more about how this process will work for you, select the category below that applies to you:

  • You don’t need a learner’s permit before you take class. Go ahead and register for class to get started.
  • Drivers under the age of 17 in Kansas are required to hold a learner’s permit for 1 year or until they turn 17, whichever comes first, so that’s the first permit you’ll be getting after class.
  • You’ll take your written test at the end of class. When you pass your test, we’ll issue you a temporary permit. This is not your learner’s permit and does not start the 1 year clock. 
  • The Kansas learner’s permit requires a written test only, so go ahead and get that as soon as possible after class by taking your temporary permit to the DMV. Click here to make an appointment. You can make your appointment ahead of time as long as your appointment is for a date after you take your written test.
  • You can see a list of what to bring to the DMV and more info about the Kansas licensing process below in the DMV information section.
  • A few weeks after class, a driving instructor will reach out to you to start your 6 hours of driving instruction.
  • When you pass your driving test, we’ll issue you a certificate of completion. Hang on to this, you’ll need it for the next step.
  • After you hold your learner’s permit for 1 year, you will be eligible for your restricted permit by taking your certificate of completion to the DMV.
  • You are eligible for an unrestricted driver’s license when you turn 17, even if you haven’t held your learner’s permit for 1 year or held a restricted license. Some students skip the restricted license step.
  • You’re off to a great start! Drivers under the age of 17 in Kansas are required to hold a learner’s permit for 1 year or until they turn 17, whichever comes first, so hang on to that learner’s permit for now. 
  • If you’ve already held your learner’s permit for a year, you’ll be ready for your restricted after you complete all the driver’s education steps and pass both the written and driving tests.
  • You’ll still need to participate in the classroom portion of class, but if your learner’s permit isn’t expired yet or set to expire soon, you won’t have to retake the test. If your permit is already expired or expires soon, no worries! You’ll take the test at the end of class so we can issue you a temporary permit that will stay valid until you’re ready for your restricted. 
  • A few weeks after class, a driving instructor will reach out to you to start your 6 hours of driving instruction.
  • When you pass your driving test, we’ll issue you a certificate of completion. You’ll need this for the next step.
  • After you hold your learner’s permit for 1 year, you will be eligible for your restricted permit by taking your certificate of completion to the DMV. If you’ve already held your learner’s permit for a year, you can head to the DMV for your restricted license. Click here to make an appointment. 
  • You can see a list of what to bring to the DMV and more info about the Kansas licensing process below in the DMV information section.
  • You are eligible for an unrestricted driver’s license when you turn 17, even if you haven’t held your learner’s permit for 1 year or held a restricted license. Some students skip the restricted license step.
  • When you finish all the steps of driving school and pass both the written and driving tests, you’ll be eligible for your unrestricted license, even if you’ve never held a learner’s permit or restricted license. 
  • You don’t need a learner’s permit before you take class. If you currently have a learner’s permit, you’ll still need to participate in the classroom portion of class, but if your learner’s permit isn’t expired yet or set to expire soon, you won’t have to retake the test. If your permit is already expired or expires soon, you’ll take the test at the end of class so we can issue you a temporary permit that will stay valid until you’ve completed the driving school process.
  • A few weeks after class, a driving instructor will reach out to you to start your 6 hours of driving instruction.
  • When you pass your driving test, we’ll issue you a certificate of completion, which you can take to the DMV to get your license. Click here to make an appointment. 
  • You can see a list of what to bring to the DMV and more info about the Kansas licensing process below in the DMV information section.
  • You are eligible for an unrestricted driver’s license when you turn 17, even if you haven’t held your learner’s permit for 1 year or held a restricted license. Some students skip the learner’s permit and restricted license steps. 
Driver’s License Office Locations:

Wichita
Kellogg Crossing Shopping Center
610 S Tyler Rd Wichita, KS 67209

Wichita
Twin Lakes Shopping Center
1873 W 21st St
316-337-6066  ext. 8

Derby
620 N Rock Rd #300
316-788-8749

Andover
640 N Andover Rd
316-733-0106

Permit/License Fee:

  • Instruction Permit: $10
  • Restricted License:
          $28 with driver’s ed
          $31 without driver’s ed

Documents to Bring to the Driver’s License Office

Proofs of Identity—Bring each of the following

  1. Birth certificate or unexpired passport
  2. Social security card or parent current tax form 1099 (listing student as dependent and showing student’s full SS#)
  3. Two proofs of Kansas residency showing your address (these can be the parent’s documents):
    current vehicle registration or title
    utility bill no more than two months old
    bank statement
    insurance bill
    voter registration card
  4. If younger than 16, you need to have a parent or guardian with photo ID
  5. If applying for an instruction permit, you will need your DE-99. If applying for a restricted license or a non-restricted license you will need your Driver’s Ed Certification of Completion

Click on a permit or license type below to learn more about each type.

  • Present acceptable proof of identity
  • Age: Minimum 14 years old
  • Testing required:
  • Vision
  • Written—or Parent/Guardian Kansas Division of Vehicles Kansas Driver Education Permit (DE-99) or Certificate of Completion from driver education.
  • Parental approval required: Yes for 14 and 15 year old
  • Driver education required: No
  • Driving restrictions: Licensed adult in front seat at all times – minimum age 21
  • Wireless restriction: No use of wireless communication devices except to report illegal activity or to summons medical or emergency help
  • Passenger restriction: No
  • Time required to be held: 1 year to advance to restricted license
  • proof of identity
  • Age: Minimum 17 years old
  • Testing required:
  • Vision
  • Written—or certificate of completion from driver education.
  • 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
  • Present acceptable proof of identity
  • Age: Minimum 15 years old but less than 16
  • Testing required:
  • Vision
  • Written—or certificate of completion from driver education.
  • 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 prior to 16 to move to lesser restrictions
  • Driving restrictions: To or from work; To or from school on days when school is in session, over the most direct and accessible route between the licensee’s residence and school of enrollment for the purposes of school attendance; Anytime/anywhere with licensed adult – minimum age 21
  • Wireless restriction: No use of wireless communication devices except to report illegal activity or to summons 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
  • Present acceptable proof of identity
  • Age: Minimum 16 years old but less than 17
  • Testing required:
  • Vision
  • Written—or certificate of completion from driver education.
  • 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 5am to 9pm; anytime going to or from work; anytime going to or from authorized school activities; directly to or from any religious worship service held by a religious organization; anytime/anywhere with licensed adult – minimum age 21
  • Wireless restriction: No use of wireless communication devices except to report illegal activity or to summons 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 restrictions will no longer apply
  • Present acceptable proof of identity
  • Age: Minimum 17 years old
  • Testing required:
  • Vision
  • Written—or certificate of completion from driver education.
  • 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
Remember to show your Driver’s Ed Certificate of Completion to your insurance agent and ask about a discount!