If you’re ready to drop down to two wheels in the state of Kansas, you’ll need to successfully complete a written skills test, and either a riding test or a Motorcycle Driver’s education course.
The state of Kansas allows drivers to obtain motorcycle-only permits and licenses or motorcycle endorsements for their driver's licenses. To simplify the process, the Kansas Department of Revenue (DOR) lays out specific guidelines, but even these can get a bit confusing at times.
Do you need a license to operate a motorcycle in Kansas?
Yes. To legally operate a motorcycle in Kansas, you must obtain either:
Riders must be at least 14 years old to begin the process of acquiring a Class M license or endorsement. Your motorcycle endorsement from any U.S. state allows you to legally ride your motorcycle in Kansas while visiting or to transfer your endorsement if moving. Just head to your local Kansas DOR office and:
How to add a motorcycle endorsement to your Kansas driver’s license
Getting a motorcycle (Class M) endorsement on your license in Kansas is a fairly straightforward process.
If you’re under 17, you’ll need to first obtain a restricted instructional permit and complete 50 hours of supervised riding instruction. You also need to either pass a state-approved Motorcycle Driver’s education course or an on-cycle driving skills test to earn your unrestricted Class M license.
How to get a motorcycle-only license in Kansas
Obtaining an unrestricted motorcycle-only license in Kansas follows a three-step process for those 14 to 16, or a two-step process for those 16 and older that begins with an instruction permit.
If you’re under 16, a parent or legal guardian must sign your permit application.
Then you’ll need to do one of the following:
Once you’ve held this restricted license for at least 6 months, and you either submit an affidavit confirming completion of at least 50 additional supervised hours of instruction OR you reach 17 years of age, the restrictions will be removed from your motorcycle-only license.
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