Kansas Learner's Permit

Ready to apply for a learner's permit in Kansas? We've collected information on Kansas learner's permits (referred to as instruction permits), including links to resources, in order to save you time. Select from the options below to get started. 

1: Download and study your practice test

2: Prove that you completed a Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education Course

3: Via a local DOR office


Obtaining a Kansas Learner's Permit

All first-time drivers in the state of Kansas must apply for an instruction permit. In order to apply for an instruction permit, you must: 

  • Be at least 14 years old
  • Pass a written exam
  • Pass a vision screening

The written exam includes the following topics:

  • Kansas traffic signs
  • Kansas motor vehicle laws
  • Safe-driving techniques

Learners permit applicants are strongly recommended to study the Kansas Drivers Manual to learn the laws and road rules when driving the different classes of vehicles in Kansas. This manual can be studied online or a hard copy can be obtained at the local DOR or police station.

Required Documents 
Download a complete checklist of documents and forms needed to obtain your Kansas learners permit.

Kansas learners permit applicants must submit documentation to prove identity, residence and citizenship. Examples of these documents are:

  • Proof of Residency
    • US passport or passport card
    • Verification of residency from a person who lives with you
    • Kansas drivers license, ID card not expired for over a year 
    • Kansas vehicle registration and title showing the same address where you currently reside 
    • Utility statement 
    • Any document issued by a financial institution that includes your residence address 
    • Any item delivereed by US postal service, FedEx or UPS by verifiable business or government agency 
    • U.S. government issued marriage certificate. 
  • Proof of Identity
    • Birth certificate
    • US consular report on birth abroad 
    • Valid US passport or passport card 
    • A tribal ID card 
    • U.S. immigration documents 
    • U.S. naturalization documents 

Additional Information

  • All documents have to be original or certified.
  • All fees are payable in cash only. 
  • Upon passing the written and vision test, the applicant will be granted a Kansas learner's permit. The permit is valid for two years. 

Find out more about drivers education in Kansas here.