How to Get a Kansas Driver’s License Reinstatement

The base requirements for a Kansas driver’s license reinstatement include filing an SR-22 form and paying at least $16 in fees to the KS Department of Revenue.
Written by Pat Roache
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
If the Kansas Department of Revenue (DOR) has suspended your
Kansas driver’s license
, you’ll need to meet specific requirements outlined in your suspension notice, submit an SR-22 certificate, and pay a minimum of $16 in fees to the DOR to get a suspended license reinstatement.
  • Your specific Kansas license reinstatement requirements will be listed in your driver’s license status which you can check by phone, by email, or online
    through the DOR
  • Kansas drivers must pay at least $100 in additional reinstatement fees if their license was suspended for an alcohol-related incident or failure to comply with court orders.
  • You’ll need to ask your
    Kansas car insurance
    company to file an SR-22 on your behalf—and in some cases, you may need to shop for a new insurance policy.
  • Drivers with suspended licenses can apply for restricted Kansas driving privileges by submitting an application and a $100 fee to the DOR.

How to get a license reinstatement in Kansas

To reinstate a suspended driver’s license, you’ll need to appear at your local Kansas DMV office once you’ve completed your reinstatement requirements. These requirements may include any of the following: 
  • Submit any required suspension documents
  • File an
    SR-22 certificate
    or proof of insurance
  • Retake and pass a knowledge and/or driving skills test
  • Pay a reinstatement fee
What to do: You can find the specific requirements of your driver’s license suspension by
checking your driving record
with the Kansas Department of Revenue:
Once you know the specific requirements of your reinstatement, you’ll be able to determine the exact reinstatement fees you’ll have to pay. The base fees could include the following:
  • License re-issuance fee: $16
  • Class C license fee: $29
  • Retesting fee: $3
How to pay: Here are the acceptable forms of payment for the Kansas Department of Revenue when paying your reinstatement fees:
  • By mail: check payable to “Division of Vehicles”
  • Online
    : Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover credit card or e-check (may include a convenience fee)
  • In-person at your local Kansas DMV office: Call in advance to check acceptable forms of in-person payment
Key Takeaway: The severity of your violation will determine the requirements of your Kansas license suspension. Check your driver’s license status online at
for more information regarding your suspension requirements. 
You’ll face a considerably greater amount of requirements and fines for a license that was suspended for an alcohol-related incident like a
DUI conviction
  • An additional $100 reinstatement fee
  • $500 to $2,500 in legal fines (depending on your circumstances and conviction history)
  • 30-day suspension period
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device

Failure to comply license reinstatements

You could get a suspension for failure if you:
  • Fail to appear in court for a
    traffic citation
  • Don’t pay a traffic fine or other court fees
  • Fail to comply with any other terms of a traffic ticket 
What to expect: You’ll have to pay any outstanding fees or fines as part of your requirements. you’ll also be charged an additional $100 fee for this specific type of suspension.

How to fulfill an SR-22 requirement 

Submitting an SR-22 certificate
is a common requirement when applying for a Kansas license reinstatement or modified driving privileges. 
To submit your SR-22 form:
  • Request an SR-22 from your insurance company, who will then submit it to the DOR for you.
  • You may need to
    switch your auto insurance company
    if your current provider doesn’t approve your SR-22. 
  • Expect to maintain your SR-22 for a minimum of 12 months to maintain your driving privileges. 
What it means: An
Kansas SR-22 certificate
acts as a guarantee that you are financially responsible to operate a vehicle. The SR-22 requires you to purchase insurance that meets
Kansas’s minimum requirements
and prohibits you from canceling insurance without contacting the DOR first.

How to get restricted driving privileges in Kansas

Drivers with suspended licenses must register with the Kansas Department of Revenue
Customer Service Center
to apply for restricted driving privileges. Once registered, you’ll be able to submit one of the following forms, depending on the reason for your suspension:
You’ll also be able to use these forms to check your eligibility before applying for modification.
How it works: If approved for a
restricted driver’s license
, you’ll be able to operate a motor vehicle for only the following purposes:
  • Work
  • School
  • Probation-related appointments
  • Substance abuse treatment programs
  • Medical emergencies
Alcohol-related incidents: Drivers whose licenses have been suspended for a DUI have to wait:
  • At least 45 days before applying for modified driving privileges OR
  • At least 90 days if they refused chemical testing 
If approved, these drivers will also have to install an ignition interlock device (IID) on their vehicle.

Why you might need a license reinstatement in Kansas

Drivers in the state of Kansas can get a suspended license for a wide range of offenses, including:
Keep in mind: In addition to a suspended license and legal fees, be prepared to pay
high-risk car insurance premiums
if you’re convicted of a traffic violation that results in a suspension. 
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