Updated: March, 2021Summary of common traffic laws in Kansas – Speed limits, License Renewals, Learners Permits, Drunk Driving Laws, and more. For more information, visit the Kansas Department of Transportation website.
In Kansas, the maximum speed limit for cars is 75 mph. The maximum highway speed for trucks is also 75 mph. Maximum speeds may only apply to small sections of designated roads - not all highways. Always observe posted traffic laws and drive safely for the weather and road conditions.
Kansas allows new drivers to get their learners permit at the age of 14. You must have your provisional license for a minimum of 12 months. Drivers can then get their intermediate license at 16. An Intermediate License allows you to drive yourself without a qualified co-pilot in the car. However, driving restrictions still apply including the time-of-day you can drive and the maximum number of passengers allowed.
In Kansas, drivers can obtain their full drivers license at the age of 16 years and 6 months.
Kansas requires you to renew your license every 6 years. There are additional provisions for older drivers:
The state of Kansas enforces increased penalties for all moving vehicle violations violations within work zones. These increased penalties are known as Work Zone Enhancements. Work Zone Enhancements can be enforced even if workers are not present as long as road work signs are posted. In Kansas, Work Zone Enhacements are:
The legal Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is 0.08%. States often enforce more strict mandatory penalties for drivers above a certain BAC. In Kansas, driving with a BAC above 0.15% will trigger automatic enhanced minimum penalties.
Most states do not allow cellphone use while driving. In Kansas, hand-held devices such as phones and mp3 player are banned to novice drivers only. Handheld devices bans prohibit talking on the phone without a hands-free system.
Texting while driving is banned in Kansas. Texting while driving is concidered a primary offense. This means that you can be pulled over with texting as the only offense. In Kansas, distracted driving is listed as a category on police crash report forms.
Kansas requires seabelt use. Seatbelt enforcement is concidered primary, meaning you can be pulled over for not wearing a seatbelt. The fine for a seatbelt law violation in Kansas is $60.00. Safety belt laws very state-by-state. Consult your states Department of Transportation for specific seatbelt use laws.