Like drivers across the United States, Kansans may lose their driver’s licenses for a variety of reasons. Alcohol offenses, too many tickets, and certain other convictions may cause your Kansas driver’s license to be suspended or revoked. You may be charged with a crime if you drive while your license is suspended or revoked.
Your license may be suspended or revoked for certain traffic offenses, including:
Your driver’s license may be revoked if you are convicted of certain crimes, including:
Your license may be suspended or revoked for other reasons as well.
You should not drive while your license is suspended or revoked. When your period of suspension or revocation has ended, you may need to pay fees, submit to an examination, or complete other requirements in order to regain your license.
If your license was suspended or revoked for certain alcohol offenses, including DUI, you may have to take an exam before your license is reinstated. (Kan. Stat. § 8-241(a).) You may have to pay a $25 examination fee along with a reinstatement fee between $100 and $1,000, depending on whether you have prior suspensions or revocations. (Kan. Stat. § 8-241(b).)
Driving on a suspended or revoked license is a misdemeanor in Kansas.
For a first offense, you may be charged with a class B nonperson misdemeanor. (Kan. Stat. § 8-262(a)(1).) The maximum penalty for this charge is six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. (Kan. Stat. § 21-4502(1)(b), § 21-4503(c)(2).)
For a second or subsequent offenses, you may be charged with a class A nonperson misdemeanor. The maximum sentence for this type of charge is one year in jail and a $2,500 fine. (Kan. Stat. § 21-4502(1)(a), § 21-4503(c)(1).)
As noted, the above sentences are maximum sentences. If convicted, your actual sentence may be determined by many factors. In some cases, you may face a minimum sentence of five days confinement and a fine of at least $100. (Kan. Stat. § 8-262(a)(3).) If the conviction is your second, you may not be eligible for probation until you complete five days in jail. (Kan. Stat. § 862(a)(3).)
In certain circumstances, you may have a minimum sentence of 90 days in jail and a $1,500 fine. You may receive such a sentence if:
You may receive a minimum sentence for other reasons too.
In addition to fines and jail time, a conviction may cause your license to be suspended or revoked for a longer period of time. (Kan. Stat. § 8-262(b).)