Kansas CDL License Requirements

In order to drive a commercial vehicle in Kansas, you must first obtain a Kansas commercial driver's license (CDL). While classes of CDL licenses can vary slightly from state to state, Kansas categorizes commercial vehicles as follows:

  • Class A: Truck or vehicle combination weighing over 26,001 pounds that is towing a vehicle over 10,000 pounds
  • Class B: Truck or bus that weighs more than 26,001 pounds
  • Class C: Vehicles requiring a hazardous materials placard, or ones that carry over 16 people (including the driver) but weigh less than 26,001 pounds

To obtain a Kansas CDL, you must be at least 18 years old, pass a vision exam and obtain a medical certificate. The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) regulates interstate transportation of cargo. If you wish to transport materials across state lines, you must be at least 21 years old. Applicants then need to take a general knowledge exam and a practical skills test, which includes a pre-trip vehicle inspection and an on-road driving test. For the driving test, you must use a vehicle in the same class for which you are trying to obtain a CDL license--for example, if you wish to obtain a Class A CDL, you must test in a Class A vehicle.

To drive a truck with air brakes, a tanker truck, a school bus or a truck with double/triple trailers, additional endorsements are needed. Endorsements are also needed to transport hazardous materials (Hazmat) or to carry 16 or more passengers (including the driver). A background check by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is needed for the Hazmat endorsement. Truck driving schools will provide you with the knowledge and skills training needed to pass the Kansas CDL exams.

Resources for Kansas CDL Requirements

Visit the Kansas Department of Revenue Division of Motor Vehicles website for more information.

Directory of Kansas Truck Driving Schools

Beloit : North Central Kansas Technical College
Address: 3033 US Hwy 24 Beloit , Kansas 67420
Phone: 785 738-9002

Emporia: Fort Scott Community College Truck Driving Program
Address: 218 E Weaver Emporia, Kansas 66801
Phone: 620-342-6711

Fort Scott: Fort Scott Community College Truck Driving Program
Address: 2108 S Horton Fort Scott, Kansas 66701
Phone: 620-223-2700

Hays: North Central Kansas Technical College
Address: 2205 Wheatland Ave Hays, Kansas 67601
Phone: 785-738-9043

Kansas City: Fort Scott Community College Truck Driving Program
Address: 4601 State Ave, Ste 74 Kansas City, Kansas 66102
Phone: 913-371-4668

Kansas City: K C K Community College Truck Driving School
Address: 1401 Fairfax Trafficway Kansas City, Kansas 66115
Phone: 913-371-4668

Kansas City: Metropolitan Community College
Address: 3200 Broadway Kansas City, Kansas 66101
Phone: 816-604-1291

Liberal: Southwest Kansas Technical School
Address: 2215 N Kansas Liberal, Kansas 67901
Phone: 620-417-1114

Manhattan: Safe Horizons CDL Training
Address: 3136 Dickens Ave Manhattan, Kansas 66503
Phone: 866-574-1389

Sabetha: Safe Horizons CDL Training
Address: 1106 S Old Hwy 75 Sabetha, Kansas 66534
Phone: 866-574-1389

Sabetha: Safe Horizons CDL Training
Address: PO Box 226 Sabetha, Kansas 66534
Phone: 785-284-2166

Topeka: Fort Scott Community College Truck Driving Program
Address: 5724 SW Huntoon Bldg H Topeka, Kansas 66604
Phone: 785-228-6458

Topeka: White Line CDL Training
Address: 921 SW Plass Ave Topeka, Kansas 66606
Phone: 785-554-3889

Wichita: Wichita Area Technical College
Address: 301 S Grove Wichita, Kansas 67211
Phone: 316-677-9400

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