A Kansas Commercial Drivers License (CDL License Kansas) is a driver’s license issued by the Kansas Department of Revenue, under regulation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in order to keep our highways safe. It ensures that all drivers of commercial vehicles have a safe level of knowledge and experience before getting behind the wheel.
(Note: These are the Kansas CDL Requirements, click here to see your state’s CDL requirements.)
Do I Need A Kansas CDL?
You will need an Kansas Commercial Drivers License if you plan to operate:
- Any single vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 26,001 pounds or more.
- A combination vehicle with a gross combination weight rating of 26,001 or more pounds, if the trailer(s) has a GVWR of 10,001 or more pounds.Any vehicle, no matter the size, transporting hazardous materials according to federal regulations (EPA).
- A vehicle designed to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver).
- Any size vehicle which requires hazardous material placards or is carrying material listed as a select agent or toxin in 42 CFR part 73.
Kansas CDL Licenses are categorized into three classes:
CLASS A – Tractor-trailers with a Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR) of 26,001 pounds or more; provided the trailer being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds. Class A drivers can operate any class vehicle with proper endorsements.
For Example: 18-Wheelers
CLASS B – Single or “Straight” vehicles with a Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR) of 26,001 pounds or more; provided the trailer they are towing is NOT in excess of 10,000 pounds.
For Example: Buses, or dump trucks.
CLASS C – Any vehicle 26,001 pounds or less (GVWR), not towing in excess of 10,000 pounds but that requires hazardous materials placarding according to federal regulations, or carrying in excess of 15 passengers.
For Example: A bus transporting 18 passengers, but with a GVWR under 26,000 pounds.
Requirements For Kansas CDL Endorsements
Endorsements are required to operate certain types of vehicles/combinations or transport hazardous or liquid/gaseous cargo.
Kansas CDL Endorsements include:
- (H) – Hazmat – Vehicles carrying hazardous materials.
- (T) – Doubles/Triples – Vehicles with two or three trailers in tow. (Knowledge test required)
- (N) – Tank Vehicles – Required for drive vehicles transporting bulk liquid or gaseous materials. (Knowledge test required)
- (P) – Passenger Vehicle -A vehicle designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver. (Knowledge and skills test required)
- (S) – School Bus – Required to drive school buses. (Knowledge and skills test are required)
- (X) – Combination N/H – Tank and hazardous materials combination.
IMPORTANT: To receive an unrestricted Kansas CDL License, you must be able to pass all of the general knowledge, air brakes, combination vehicles, and pre-trip/skills exams. (Refer to sections 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 of the Kansas CDL Handbook)
*You are required to test in a vehicle with air brakes to receive an air brake unrestricted CDL.
Kansas CDL Requirements
In order to qualify for a Kansas Commercial Drivers License, you must meet all of the following requirements:
1. You must be at least 18 years old to apply for an intrastate CDL (within Kansas only) or 21 years old to apply for an unrestricted interstate CDL.
2. You must be able to obtain a Medical Examiners Report, under regulation of the FMCSA’s physical and medical requirements to operate a commercial vehicle. (DOT Physical)
3. You must possess a valid Kansas Driver’s License.
4. You must have a valid, government issued social security card.
6. You must pass both your knowledge (written) and skills (on-road) tests in a vehicle similar to the one you expect to operate.
How To Get A CDL License In Kansas
Below are the steps for applying for your CDL License in Kansas:
Study the Kansas Commercial Drivers License Handbook sections that apply to the license class you’d like to receive IN ADDITION to any endorsements you’d like to add to your CDL. (i.e. tankers, passengers etc)
Be sure to bring with you:
- A valid Kansas driver’s license.
- One legal document providing your full legal name. (passport, birth certificate)
- One document proving lawful residence. (voter ID card, insurance card, vehicle registration, utility bill, or financial institution bill)
- A valid, government issued social security card or W2.
- Your Medical Examiners Certificate or DOT Physical Card.
Here is list of all the accepted documents used to prove residency, lawful status, and social security.
**The Kansas commercial drivers license test sites are open Tuesday-Friday only.
NOTE: Be sure to verify that you are carrying a valid DOT Medical Card on the Kansas Self Certification website to maintain your Kansas commercial drivers license.
3. After passing your knowledge tests, call to make an appointment for your road/skills test. The test will take approximately an hour to complete.
- Pre-Trip Inspection – You will be tested on your ability to inspect every aspect your vehicle and trailer to show it is safe to drive. (Section 11 of the CDL Handbook)
- Basic Control Skills – You will be tested on your ability to control your vehicle in 3 different scenarios within a course marked by lines/cones on a closed track. (Section 12)
- On-Road Test – You will be tested on your ability to drive your vehicle on the road in a variety of traffic situations in the vehicle class you intend on operating. (Section 13)
How Much Does A CDL In Kansas Cost?
The fees for applying for and obtaining your Kansas CDL are as follows:
- DOT Physical Card – $50-100 dollars depending on your physician/insurance.
- CDL Learners Permit Fee- $13.00
- CDL License Fee – $18.00 plus $8 photo fee.
- Endorsement Fee – $10.00 each
TOTAL: $89 – 189.00 DOLLARS
Official Kansas CDL Handbook: http://www.ksrevenue.org/pdf/cdlhb.pdf
Kansas Driver’s Services FAQ: http://www.ksrevenue.org/faqs-dmvcdl.html
FMCSA Guidelines: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/registration-licensing/cdl/cdl.htm
FMCSA Medical Report: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/documents/safetyprograms/Medical-Report.pdf