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Driver Education

The Mission of Driver Education:
Driver education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices to insure personal safety to self and others on the road.

To Accomplish this Mission:
Driver education courses are often more comprehensive and efficient than learning on your own or from a biased family member who may or may not have “good driving habits”. Driver education courses teach everything from the basics of traffic laws and traffic signs to defensive driving strategies. Endorsed driving instructor will teach the importance of Safety in addition to modeling good driving etiquette and providing experienced instruction. Instructors reinforce best practices – such as distraction-free driving, no texting, mandatory seat belt laws, and defensive driving habits. Many professions involve driving a vehicle to/from work or on the job. For this reason, it is the goal of driver education courses to put courteous, safety conscience, competent drivers behind the wheel. 


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Driver Education - ReOpening Guidance*

Contact your county Health Department for specific county questions. *Restrictions ARE subject to change.
For more information about COVID-19 in Kansas, visit http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm.
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Contactless Solutions for Driver Education - August 12, 2020

Even before the pandemic, digital and touchless solutions were starting to become more mainstream in our day-to-day lives. But the viral spread of COVID-19 is inspiring many to consider how we interact with people on a daily basis, as well as the potentially harmful germs we could be exposing ourselves to. As restaurants adjusted their protocol to safely reopen, contactless experiences will be important in preventing the spread of this infectious disease.

Because contactless solutions are hygienic, efficient, and more secure, they will be a key strategy to progressing in the Driver Education community. 
Rquired forms have been turned into fillable forms and/or online forms. Check or money orders for fees will still need to be sent through the mail.
Forms were also edited to include a valid email address for businesses, schools, instructors, and educators.
If you have any questions, please let me know. Thank you for all you do and stay safe.

Want the Driver Education Endorsement on a Kansas Teaching License?

Currently we are unable to add it to the license as we are awaiting approval, however once the regulation is passed, we will have an application available to formally request to add the endorsement to your license. 

The Kansas Driver Education Advisory Board has been formed! 

Mission Statement The Advisory Board will assist to strengthen the State Driver Education Program by providing real world experience. The board will advise, assist, support and advocate for driver education. An advisory board is comprised of knowledgeable, prominent and credible stakeholders in their field of expertise. Below is a roster of the members if you have any questions or comments, along with Robyn Meinholdt at rmeinholdt@ksde.org



Approved Programs

DRIVER EDUCATION ENDORSEMENT PROGRAM AVAILABLE!! Please contact Bruce Rupp bjrupp@fhsu.edu or Stephanie Muth sdmuth@fhsu.edu if you have additional questions. Informational flyer available below!


The Kansas Driver Education Regional Meeting Dates are set! ALL REGIONAL MEETINGS turned into COMPLETE virtual meetings.

Follow the link for REGISTRATION information. 2020-2021 Kansas Driver Education Regional Meeting Registration

Kansas Driver Education Fall 2020 Regional Meetings*  Dates are subject to change

Friday, October 9, 2020                1:00pm-3:00pm           VIRTUAL MEETING ONLY
Monday, December 14, 2020        1:00pm-3:00pm           VIRTUAL MEETING ONLY
Monday, February 8, 2021            1:00pm-3:00pm           VIRTUAL MEETING ONLY 
Wednesday, April 7, 2021             1:00pm-3:00pm           VIRTUAL MEETING ONLY
  • It is recommended for schools to send personnel responsible for overseeing Driver Education.
  • Remember DE99’s are paperless and we will again review procedures for a lost cert. of completion, auditing info, Handbooks and DMV changes/charges for DE-99’s, etc.
  • Plan to attend one of the meeting options if you plan to offer driver education. You will receive the latest information necessary to offer a state recognized driver education course.
  • Some Regional Meetings will cover Professional Development topics.

  • Organize and provides the Annual Conference
  • Speak as a group that can affect legislative activities in Topeka
  • Support the National Organization - They need serious support from all it’s members!
  • Recognize fellow members for years of service
  • Provide funds to help send the Association president to the National ADTSEA Conference
  • Write letters or makes calls to individual legislators
  • Provide help at the regional driver education meetings
  • Provide meals at executive board meetings
  • Interpret the purpose and programs of driver education to the public
  • Work in harmony to promote changes in rules and regulations affecting driver education programs
Make a DMV Appointment! No more waiting in line!  Please share this information with your students. 
When/if new locations are added that offer this service KDOR/DMV will blast out that information.  
Here is the pathway on our website ksrevenue.org:
Click “SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT” and follow the prompts
Please tell your students that if they arrive late they will lose their appointment spot.  We don’t want anyone making a drive and then missing their appointment.
Michele Chavez | Medical/Vision Unit PSA | Kansas Department of Revenue | Kansas Division of Vehicles | (785) 368-8532 (desk) | (785) 296-5857 (fax) | Michele.Chavez@ks.gov | www.ksrevenue.org | 300 SW 29th St. Topeka, Kansas  66601
The ksrevenue.org website has a new look! Tips on how to navigate are located below:
Graduated Driver License Requirements for Teen Drivers CLICK HERE https://www.ksrevenue.org/dovgdl.html 

The following document represents the Kansas Curricular Standards for Driver Education which were revised by the State Board of Education in May 2018.
Robyn Meinholdt
Public Service Administrator
Driver Education
Teacher Licensure & Accreditation
(785) 296-3379


Director of Teacher Licensure & Accreditation
Mischel Miller
Assistant Director of Teacher Licensure & Accreditation
Susan Helbert

Kansas State Department of Education 


Deputy Commissioner
Division of Learning Services
Brad Neuenswander
(785) 296-2303

Career, Standards and Assessment

Scott Smith
(785) 296-3142

Assistant Director
Career and Technical Education

Stacy Smith
(785) 296-0979

Assistant Director
Curricular Standards
David Fernkopf
(785) 296-8447

Assistant Director
Beth Fultz
(785) 296-2325

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