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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. 

Public Secondary School and Nonpublic secondary schools: 91-5-1a. Program approval. (a) To be eligible for program approval, a school shall be accredited by the state board as a public secondary school or nonpublic secondary school.
Commercial (For Profit) Driving School: "Drivers' training schools." Any person, partnership or corporation giving driving instruction to ten (10) or more persons per calendar year for the purpose of meeting requirements for licensed driving of motor vehicles in Kansas.

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Kansas Driver Education Regional Meetings

For Driver Education Instructors, Administrators and those responsible for overseeing Driver Education ONLY

2021-2022 Dates Registration is available
August 2, 2021 - 1:00pm-3:00pm; Location: online only
December 20, 2021 - 1:00pm-3:00pm; Location online only - Register in advance for this meeting: https://ksde.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAocuGoqD0pEtRcG7QWC6y_wBhkV5CM5f9b
March 7, 2022 - 2:00pm-4:00p; Location online only - Register in advance for this meeting: https://ksde.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUoc-qqqTsiHNDiHuEUNY_cAaZ45c_JnJg-
  • 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.

American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association (ADTSEA)  Virtual Winter Workshop Series

Will be conducted virtually through Zoom! The workshops will assist driver educators in continuing their education,  improving their teaching skills, and will relate to current issues in driver education.  Workshops will be 3 - 4 hours in length and teachers/instructors can earn up to 16 Hours of Professional Development. Please share with your teachers/instructors. More information to follow. Check here for updates. https://www.adtsea.org/conference-registration.phtml 

  • January 25, 2022 1:00 PM EST
  • January 27, 2022 1:00 PM EST
  • February 22, 2022 1:00 PM EST
  • February 24, 2022 1:00 PM EST

2022 KDSEA State Virtual Conference - March 7, 2022

Registration is available here













What does KDSEA do for you? Online https://forms.gle/Szv8kyriLH9Q931R8; Printable available Driver Education and Motorcycle Resources > Forms

All questions regarding KDSEA, contact: KDSEA, Attn: Gary Scott, 1617 E Sheridan Bridge Lane, Olathe, Kansas 66062-2233; Cell: 913-481-1401 | E-mail: scottskufhsu@gmail.com

2022 Lifesavers Conference - SAVE THE DATE - March 13-15, 2022

Online registration opens in early November
Be sure to visit the website in September for the schedule of events and to book your hotel room at the conference hotel, the Hyatt Regency. All conference activities will take place at the Hyatt Regency.

Last year, an estimated 36,096 people died in motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. Lifesavers is recognized as the premiere conference to learn about the latest highway safety research, best practices, and cutting-edge initiatives; and to explore innovative technology and strategies used to combat risky driving behaviors and save lives. The Lifesavers Conference is also historically the world’s largest gathering of leaders and advocates in traffic safety. Now in its  40th year, the Lifesavers Conference will take place March 13-15, 2021 in Chicago, IL. The 2022 Lifesavers  Conference will provide a global platform with 70 workshops in nine tracks, plenary sessions, peer exchange discussion groups, and an extensive exhibit hall. The learning environment is designed to engage federal, state and local government; law enforcement; public health; injury prevention; advocacy and non-profit organization professional in an exchange of ideas, strategies, and programs to reduce preventable injuries and deaths. Don’t miss your opportunity to participate in the latest and greatest networking opportunity in traffic safety, highlighting research to practice efforts across the country!


Driver’s Ed Toolkit from Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office (KTSRO)

The Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office is introducing an updated Driver’s Education Tool kit and parent guide.
Please visit the website by clicking HERE for more information and to order yours today! Please contact Jenny Lancaster at jlancaster@dccca.org with any questions.
Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office www.ktsro.org ktsro@dccca.org | Main Office: 800.416.2522

Fort Hays State University - Driver Education Endorsement Program

Fort Hays State University Advanced Education Programs       
Mrs. Stephanie Muth sdmuth@fhsu.edu      
Mr. Bruce Rupp bjrupp@fhsu.edu
600 Park Street
Rarick Hall 232
Hays, Kansas
FHSU is offering the approved course program, the required element for the Drivers’ Education endorsement. KSDE is in the process of working with the State Attorney General to approve the regulations for the Driver Education endorsement. At this time, at the completion of the program, you will need to provide your transcripts to Robyn Meinholdt at rmeinholdt@ksde.org. Once KSDE receives your transcripts, verifies you hold a current Kansas teaching license, and validates that you have completed an approved Driver Education Program, they will issue an official letter acknowledging that you have the completed all the credentials needed to teach in a public driver education program and that KSDE allows you to do so. (rev. 4/2021)

Reimbursement as set in Regulations (For School Districts)

By statute (K.S.A. 8-272), in August of each year, the superintendent of each school district and the governing authority of each nonpublic school shall report to the state board of education the number of students who have been in attendance for a complete driver training course during the past school year. Therefore, if a student does not complete the driver training course prior to August 31st, the school will not be able to claim that student for reimbursement purposes for that year. Students who complete the course after August 31st would be eligible to be claimed for reimbursement in the following year.
  • The estimated per pupil amount for students taking driver education in 2018-2019 school year, the rate was $138 for Driver Ed and $73 for Motorcycle Ed.
  • The estimated per pupil amount for students taking driver education in 2019-2020 school year, the rate was $102 for Driver Ed and $130 for Motorcycle Ed.

Kansas Driver Education Advisory Board

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. Contact Robyn Meinholdt at rmeinholdt@ksde.org for a roster of the members if you have any questions or comments.


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 

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.

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


Mischel Miller
Director of Teacher Licensure & Accreditation
(785) 296-8010
Kansas State Department of Education 
TOPEKA, KS 66612

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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