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How to get a CDL in Kansas

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Interested in getting a Kansas commercial driver’s license? We’ve outlined the steps you need to follow to get your CDL in Kansas. These include Kansas state requirements, the DOT Physical, the CDL permit test, and entry-level driver training. There are many truck driving job opportunities available once you have a Kansas CDL. 

Kansas CDL Requirements

It is a good idea to review the Kansas state CDL requirements. You’ll have to meet the necessary requirements to be certified in Kansas as a commercial truck driver, including:

  • Be at least 18 years of age. (21 to have passengers or drive out of state.)
  • Have a valid Kansas driver’s license.
  • Have a Kansas Commercial Learner’s Permit (CDL permit) at least 14 days before taking the CDL test. (A Commercial Learner’s Permit is not a requirement for CDL training.)
  • Successfully finish an Entry Level Driver Training Course (our CDL School in Wichita, Kansas is an FMCSA registered provider)
  • Complete Truckers Against Trafficking training (this is included in our CDL school curriculum)
  • Pass the required skills test

Get a DOT Physical

The next step in getting a CDL is the DOT Physical. While it is not a requirement to begin ELDT training, it will make the first week of training less stressful. Having it before training will ensure you meet the physical requirements to operate a commercial vehicle. Getting a DOT physical is however required to get your Commercial Learner’s Permit. The DOT physical must be performed by a licensed medical examiner. Passing the DOT physical means you are medically certified to operate a commercial motor vehicle. The medical certificate is valid for two years. 

Get a Kansas Commercial Learner’s Permit

Before you get a Kansas CDL, you must first obtain a Commercial Learner’s Permit. The CDLP must be obtained at least 14 days before taking the CDL test. Enrollment in an ELDT program does not require a permit. We will help you get your permit as part of the training. Getting your CDLP requires you to:

  • Pass the written knowledge test.
  • Show documentation proving Kansas residency.
  • Submit a driving record check.
  • Have a valid Medical Examiner’s certificate.
  • Have a valid Kansas driver’s license 
  • 18 years of age or older

Complete Entry Level Driver Training Program

As of February, 7th, 2022 completion of an Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) course is now required to get a Class A CDL in Kansas. The ELDT provides a minimum set of standards for new commercial drivers regardless of the state in which they receive training. The hope is that ELDT will ensure all new commercial drivers learn the same basic safety skills.

Students must score a minimum of 80 percent on the theory assessment to show proficiency. In addition, students must complete the specified behind-the-wheel training and receive an endorsement from their instructor, in order to be eligible to take the CDL test.

It is important to ensure the school you plan to attend is on the FMCSA’s Training Provider Registry. Our CDL school is Wichita is listed on the Training Provider Registry and meets all ELDT requirements.  Our Kansas CDL training course is 160 hours and combines classroom, road, and range training. Students attending cdl school full-time can expect to graduate in three to four weeks.

Pass the Kansas CDL Exam

Once you show proficiency in all aspects of ELDT, you are ready to take the CDL exam. The Kansas CDL exam includes three parts: 1. Pre-trip inspection test 2. Basic control skills test and driving test. Your CDL school will make an appointment for you to take the CDL test. Upon successful completion, you will be issued a Commercial Driver’s License by the state of Kansas.

Getting a CDL is a big decision. It is vital to understand the Kansas state CDL requirements. Our Kansas CDL schools can help you navigate these requirements and ensure you are fully prepared to pass your CDL exam.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is ELDT required to get your Kansas CDL? 
Yes, if you obtained your Kansas CLP after 2/7/2022 you are required to complete an Entry Level Driver Training Program before you can take the CDL exam.

How long is Kansas CDL Training?
KTDS ELDT training program is 160 hours and takes approximately three to four weeks to complete.

What documents can you use as proof of Kansas residency?
There are accepted documents including utility bill, voter registration card, bank statement, property tax receipt, W-2,1099 form, government check or paycheck. Be sure to provide a paper copy showing your name and address:

What can you use as proof of U.S. citizenship/permanent residency?
Valid U.S. Passport or card, U.S. Birth Certificate, Certificate or Naturalization or Citizenship, Valid Permanent Resident card, Valid, Unexpired Employment Authorization Document (EAD),Valid, Unexpired Foreign Passport with a valid, unexpired U.S. visa accompanied by an I-94.

What can you use as proof of social security number?
You must have one document that shows your name and social security number. Those include: Social Security Card (must be signed), W-2 Form, SSA-1099 Form, Non-SSA-1099 Form, Pay Stub with applicant’s name and SSN, Non Social Security Number verification from the Social Security Administration

What is on the Kansas Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) test?
The Kansas CLP includes three sections: General Knowledge, Combinations, and Air Brakes

Get Started

Ready to get your Kansas CDL? Take the next step by filling out the form below and one of our career specialists will be in touch to review program details, tuition, and job opportunities. Getting your Kansas CDL is easier than you think at Kansas Truck Driving School!