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Sebelius to sign bill to raise age for driver's licenses to 17

TOPEKA | Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will sign legislation raising the age for getting an unrestricted Kansas driver's license from 16 to 17.

The governor says she will sign the bill at 1 p.m. Friday in her office.

Kansas would become the 49th state to adopt a graduated driver's license law.

Unchanged will be the practice of allowing teens to get a farm permit or learner's permit at age 14. Holders of learner's permits are allowed to drive if they are accompanied by an adult.

The measure requires people to have such permits for a year, instead of the current six months, before obtaining an unrestricted license.

The state would keep its current policy of allowing a 15-year-old with an unrestricted license to drive unsupervised to and from school and work.

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