Teen Drivers

There are four types of licenses for teen drivers in Kansas.  Each one has varying restrictions and punishments for violation of those restrictions.

Farm Permit – K.S.A. 08-296 – Ages 14-17
Requirements:

-Minimum Age 14
-Must reside on a farm (parcel of land larger than 20 acres used in agricultural operations), or be employed for compensation on a farm
-Written application of parent/guardian
-Must pass vision, written, and driving examinations

Restrictions:
If under age 16, may drive at any time:
-To/From or in connection with any farm job, employment or other farm-related work
-Over the most direct and accessible route between home and school for the purpose of attendance
-When accompanied by an adult (at least 21 years of age) who holds a valid driver’s license
-NO non-sibling minor passengers are allowed
-NO wireless communication device while driving except to report illegal activity or to summon emergency assistance

If over age 16, first 6 months, may drive at any time:
-From 5AM-9PM
-To/From or in connection with any farm job, employment or other farm-related work
-To/From authorized school activities or religious worship service held by a religious organization
-When accompanied by an adult (at least 21 years of age) who holds a valid driver’s license
-One non-immediate family member minor passenger (less than 18 years old) is allowed
-NO wireless communication device while driving except to report illegal activity or to summon emergency assistance

Penalties:
Penalties for violation of restrictions applies to all teen drivers.  Teen drivers are subject to suspension or revocation of any other driver’s license.  A Farm Permit shall be suspended for any violation of restrictions and/or two or more crashes chargeable to the licensee.

Instruction Permit – K.S.A. 08-2,100 – Ages 14-16
Requirements:
-Minimum Age 14; valid for one year
-If under age 16, written application of parent/guardian required
-Must pass vision and written examinations

Restrictions:
-Must be accompanied by an adult (at least 21 years of age) in front seat who holds a valid driver’s license with at least one year of driving experience
-NO person except supervising driver can be in front seat
-NO wireless communication device while driving except to report illegal activity or to summon emergency assistance

Penalties:
Penalties for violation of restrictions applies to all teen drivers.  Teen drivers are subject to suspension or revocation of any other driver’s license.  An Instruction Permit shall be suspended for any violation of restrictions (1st Offense – 30 Days, 2nd Offense – 90 Days, 3rd Offense – 1 Year)

Restricted License – K.S.A. 08-2,101 – Ages 15-16
Requirements:
-Minimum Age 15
-Written application of parent/guardian required
-Must have held instruction permit for at least one year and completed at least 25 hours of supervised driving
-Must have successfully completed an approved Driver Education Course (not required if applying at age 16)

Restrictions:
If under age 16, may drive at any time:
-To/From or in connection with any job, employment, or farm-related work
-Over the most direct and accessible route between home and school for the purpose of attendance
-When accompanied by an adult (at least 21 years of age) in front seat who holds a valid driver’s license
During this time:
-Must complete additional 25 hours of supervised driving (10 of the 50 hours at night)
-NO non-sibling minor passengers are allowed
-NO wireless communication device while driving except to report illegal activity or to summon emergency assistance

If over age 16, first 6 months, may drive at any time:
-From 5AM-9PM
-To/From or in connection with any job, employment, or farm-related work
-To/From authorized school activities or religious worship services held by a religious organization
-When accompanied by an adult (over 21 years of age) in front seat who holds a valid driver’s license
During this time:
-One non-immediate family member minor passenger (less than 18 years of age) is allowed
-NO wireless communication device while driving except to report illegal activity or to summon emergency assistance

Penalties:
Penalties for violation of restrictions applies to all teen drivers.  Teen drivers are subject to suspension or revocation of any other driver’s license.  A Restricted License shall be suspended for any violation of restrictions (1st Offense – 30 Days, 2nd Offense – 90 Days, 3rd Offense – 1 Year) or if a driver under age 16 has two or more crashes they are not allowed a license until age 17.

Full License – K.S.A. 08-235d – Age 17
Requirements:
-Age 17 – if applying as a first-time applicant
-Must pass vision, written, and driving exams with appropriate license in hand
-Must provide proof of age and identification
-Must provide a signed affidavit of parent/guardian, stating applicant has legally completed at least 50 hours of adult (over 21 years of age) supervised driving with at least 10 hours being at night

Restrictions:
-None

Penalties:
Penalties vary by offense.  Penalties may include fines and/or suspension/revocation of any driver’s license.