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Kansas Driver’s License Renewal (A Complete 2022 Guide)

Kansas Driver’s License Renewal (A Complete Guide)

Is it almost time to renew your Kansas driver’s license?

Are you not sure how to renew it? 

Or where to renew it?

Thankfully, license renewal in Kansas isn’t complicated. In fact, you can renew it through several channels. 

And to make it even easier, we’re going to give you a complete guide on the Kansas driver’s license renewal. Here, you’ll learn all the steps and requirements for renewing it through the different channels. 

Plus, we’ll end by answering a few of the most frequently asked questions. 

So are you ready?

Let’s dive right in!

How to Renew Your Driver’s License in Kansas

There are three ways to renew your license in Kansas:

  • Online or Mobile App
  • In Person
  • By Mail

Now, not all channels are available to you. Knowing which ones you can use is essential for an efficient license renewal experience.

So let’s look at the requirements and steps of each renewal method.

How to Renew a Kansas Driver’s License Online

The most convenient way to renew your license is to do it online or through a mobile app. With this, you no longer need to go to a driver’s license office — you can do everything from the comfort of your home.

However, online renewal isn’t available to everyone. Read through the items below and see how many you can check off:

  • Your license is expiring within the next 12 months
  • You have all your driving privileges
  • You are between 21 and 64 years old
  • You are not renewing a commercial driver’s license
  • You are a U.S. Citizen
  • You completed a vision screening in Kansas within the last year
  • You are not a registered offender
  • Your last renewal was done in person or through the mail

Let’s see if you were able to check off everything. 

You did? 

Excellent! That means you qualify for an online renewal. 

If so, here are the steps:

  1. Go to iKan and log in to your account. If you don’t have one yet, you can easily create an account.

NOTE: You can also download the iKan mobile app through the App Store or Google Play. Here, you simply follow the same steps for an online renewal.

  1. Once you’ve logged in, choose “Other Available Services” and click on “iKan Driver’s License Renewal”.
  1. Confirm your eligibility for an online renewal.
  1. Follow the prompts. These will include the following:
    • Entering your personal details, such as your complete name, date of birth, and driver’s license number (don’t forget about the dashes on the last one)
    • Answering compliance questions
    • Confirming your residential address. NOTE: You can change your address at this point, but be ready to upload supporting documents to prove it
    • Confirming your compliance with a vision screening (you will have to choose your optometrist’s name from a dropdown list)
  1. Pay the renewal fee, depending on your age:
    • Under 21 years old – $3
    • Between 21 and 64 years old – $18
    • Aged 64 and older – $12
  1. Wait 14 to 45 days for your new driver’s license to arrive via mail. 

And you’re finished — wasn’t that effortless?

How to Renew a Kansas Driver’s License by Mail

In Kansas, renewing your driver’s license by mail is a little trickier. You can only use this method if any of these apply to you:

  • You are in the military on active duty
  • You are a dependent of a military member on active duty
  • You are a missionary outside the U.S.
  • You are a student but attending school full-time in another state.

If you qualify for this channel, here’s what you have to do:

  1. Complete a DEMI-1 form.
  1. Gather the following supporting documents:
    • A copy of your current driver’s license
    • Your military orders (for military members) or proof of relationship to a military member (for dependents)
    • Your student transcript (for out-of-state students)
    • Your missionary documents (for out-of-the-country missionaries)
  1. Include your payment details for the renewal fee. Remember, the fee will depend on your age:
    • Under 21 years old – $3
    • Between 21 and 64 years old – $18
    • Aged 64 and older – $12

NOTE: You can pay using a money order, check, or card. If you choose the last option, there is an additional processing fee, and you will have to provide your card number and expiration date.

  1. You can email everything to KDOR_Demi1@ks.gov or send hardcopies to this address:

Driver Services

P.O. 2188

Topeka, KS 66601

  1. You will receive your new license at the mailing address you indicated after 45 days. You must consider this timeline, especially if you move around a lot.

An important thing to note is that you can’t renew by mail if your license is already expired — even if you’re out of state. 

So you can either renew it earlier (you can begin the renewal process as early as one year before your license’s expiration date) or request a one-time 6-month extension.

How to Renew a Kansas Driver’s License In-Person

If you don’t qualify for either an online or mail renewal, you can always renew your driver’s license in person.

Don’t worry, the process is still very easy — although not so much as convenient. 

Now, here are the steps to renewing your Kansas driver’s license in person:

  1. Prepare the following documents:
  1. Visit a full-service driver’s license office.

NOTE: Although you can walk in, making an appointment is better. Offices will prioritize you if you have a schedule.

  1. Present the necessary documents.
  1. Pass a vision test.
  1. Have your picture taken.
  1. Pay the renewal fee. Again, here are the fees depending on your age:
    • Under 21 years old – $3
    • Between 21 and 64 years old – $18
    • Aged 64 and older – $12
  1. Receive your new driver’s license

That was pretty easy, right?

FAQs

As promised, we’re going to answer a few of the most frequently asked questions. This way, you’ll know even more about driver’s licenses and renewals in Kansas. 

When does my driver’s license expire in Kansas? 

Typically, drivers in Kansas need to renew their driver’s licenses every 6 years. However, it may change depending on your age.

If you get your first license before your 21st birthday, it’ll expire when you turn 21. After this, you’ll follow the 6-year schedule.

After you turn 65, the renewal cycle shortens — you’ll need to complete it every 4 years.

When can I renew my Kansas driver’s license?

If you’re younger than 21, you can only begin the renewal process after your 21st birthday.

For the following years, you can choose to do it as early as one year before your license’s expiration date.

How long do you have to renew your license after it expires in Kansas? 

If you didn’t renew your driver’s license before it expired, Kansas legislation gives you 45 days to complete the process.

If you already know you won’t be in the state or can’t renew your license before it expires, applying for a 6-month extension may be a wiser choice. However, you can only request it once, so use it sparingly.

Do you have to take a written test to renew your driver’s license in Kansas?

Taking a written test isn’t necessary when you renew your driver’s license in Kansas. However, if the license has already expired more than a year ago, you will have to retake it.

Do you have to make an appointment for the DMV in Kansas?

Usually, you can walk in at any full-service DOV office to have your license renewed. But making an appointment is better. Offices prioritize those with schedules over those who don’t. 

That said, it’s best to check whether the office you intend to visit has specific requirements. You can click here to see all locations and requirements.

The Wrap Up

And that was your complete and updated guide on the Kansas driver’s license renewal. 

Don’t wait until the last minute to renew your license. Now that you know what to do, go ahead and do it. 

But whether you decide to renew it 12 months early or just before the deadline, it’s best to determine what channel you can use. 

Knowing whether you’ll renew online, by mail, or in person will help you prepare what you need. 

Good luck!

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