How to Renew Your Kansas Driver's License

You can renew your Kansas driver’s license online, through the iKan app, in person at the DMV, or, in some cases, by mail. Click here to learn more!
Written by Laura Salvas
Reviewed by Jessica Barrett
Updated on Jan 18, 2023
You can renew your Kansas driver’s license through the iKan app, online, in person, or by mail, as long as you meet the list of requirements for each renewal option. A regular Class C license costs $18 to renew ($12 if you’re 65 or above), plus an $8 photo fee if applicable. You can expect to receive it in the mail within 45 days. 
Kansas lets you renew your license up to one year in advance, so if your renewal date is coming up there’s no need to wait. Driving with an expired license can result in jail time, hefty fines, and a 90-day license suspension. (And being banned from driving in Kansas might feel like jail time in itself!)
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When to renew your driver’s license in Kansas

You can renew your license up to one year before it expires (as long as you’re 21 or older). But if you’ve procrastinated a little, don’t worry: you have a 45-day grace period to renew your license after it expires. 
Your license comes up for renewal every six years (four years if you’re over 65) or on your 21st birthday. You’ll receive a renewal letter in the mail, but if you’ve recently moved or fear you tossed it out with your junk mail, just check the front of your driver’s license for the expiry date.

How to renew your driver’s license in Kansas

Whether you renew online, in person, or by mail depends on your situation and whether you meet certain requirements.

Renew your license online

A trip to the DMV can be a great source of entertainment, but it’s now just as easy to renew your license while watching TV with your dog. You can renew your Kansas license through the
iKan website or app
, provided you meet the following requirements:
  • You are an American citizen 
  • You are between 21 and 64 years old
  • Your license expires within 12 months
  • Your license is still valid and is not a CDL (Commercial Driver’s License)
  • Your last renewal was completed in person
  • You have had a vision exam with a Kansas optometrist or ophthalmologist in the last 12 months, and your vision is 20/60 or better in at least one eye without the use of corrective lenses. (You must agree to authorize the state to request this information directly from your optometrist.)
  • You are not a registered offender

Renew your license in person

You’re welcome to drive to the DMV and walk right on in, but it will save some time to
make an appointment
in advance. You can apply at any driver’s license station in the state but might want to
find the station closest to home
Ensure you bring original copies of the
accepted documentation
. Here's what you'll need:
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful presence. This could include a birth certificate or passport.
  • Your social security number or W-2 form.
  • Two proof of residency documents, such as a utility bill or rental agreement.
You may be required to have a new photo taken or pass a vision exam, so be ready to look—and see—your best! If you prefer, you can have your optometrist of choice
complete a form
to bring along when renewing your license. 
Note that if you have a CDL license, you must renew this in person.

Renew your license by mail or email

This option is only available for Kansas residents who are out of state or out of country and who have a current driver’s license photo in the database.
Kansans located out of state can obtain a one-time, six-month extension on their expiring Kansas license. Only full-time students at out-of-state schools, active duty military members and their dependents, and missionaries located outside of the U.S. can fully renew their Kansas driver’s license through the mail.   
The application process involves
completing a Credential Request form
and sending it, as well as copies of the relevant noted documents, to Driver Services via the following:
While you’re at it, double-check that car insurance
will cover you if you travel out of state

How long does it take to renew a Kansas driver’s license? 

It takes between 14 and 45 days to receive your new license in the mail, though most licenses arrive within 20 days.
If you haven’t received it within 45 days, visit your
local driver’s license office
. Be sure to bring your temporary license and proof of address and they will issue a replacement.

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