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Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has extended deadlines indefinitely for driver’s license and vehicle registration renewals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The new executive order was signed into place earlier this month. It says Kansans will have 60 days after the State of Disaster is lifted to get their registrations and licenses renewed. 

Drivers will not be charged late fees or interest on expired vehicle registrations if they do not renew within the month they normally would.

TOPEKA, Kansas — Kansas has one of the highest rates of suspended drivers in the country, and the majority of those more than 215,000 licenses are suspended for unpaid fines or court fees — sometimes unrelated to driving. 

Both the Kansas House and Senate approved separate bills last month aimed at getting drivers back on the road. While some advocates say the state could do more, others are concerned any changes will lead to hundreds of thousands less for the court system. 

Kansas Looking For New DMV Line Management System

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The Kansas Department of Revenue has announced the end of the QFlow line management system used at Department of Motor Vehicles offices.

The system, which was used at seven locations, allowed for users to digitally check in on their phone or computer before arriving at the DMV.

Rachel Witten, director of public relations with the Department of Revenue, said QFlow – which was installed in 2017 – was not working effectively.

The system required a two-part check in from users, who needed to complete their check in upon arriving at the DMV.

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The Kansas Department of Revenue has launched a social media campaign to educate residents about how to get Real ID.

Real ID is a federal law that sets security standards for state-issued IDs. If Kansans want to use state-issued ID to board a plane after Oct. 1, 2020, it will have to be compliant with Real ID standards.

You can get Real ID at a state driver’s license office. You will need to bring proof of social security and an original birth certificate or valid U.S. passport.

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Officials with the Kansas Department of Revenue say a driver's license computer program rife with delays and complications is on track to launch next month.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the second phase of the department's computer system replacement is expected to go live Jan. 2. The program will replace part of a decades-old system used to issue drivers' licenses, identification cards and commercial licenses, and process motor vehicle titles and registrations.

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Kansas’ plans to migrate driver’s license records for about 2 million people from an aged mainframe to new information technology infrastructure remain troubled, a new report indicates.

Some portions of the already-delayed KanLicense project have been further postponed, a team of legislative auditors wrote in the report, with plans to carry them out after the project’s go-live date in early January.

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Kansas Revenue Secretary Sam Williams assured lawmakers Friday that the state’s new driver’s license system is on course for a smooth rollout at the start of 2018, despite auditor concerns to the contrary.

At issue is a critical Department of Revenue information technology project — known as KanDrive or KanLicense — to migrate records for about 2 million people from an aged mainframe to a new system. Access to those records is critical for motor vehicle offices and law enforcement agencies.

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The state is making a change to the system that allows people to get a virtual place in line at drivers licensing offices.

As a result, the remote wait line system will be shut down beginning on March 1.

If you need to visit the drivers licensing offices in Wichita, Andover or Derby over the next few weeks, you’ll have to physically wait in line.

The Kansas Division of Vehicles is switching the wait line management software called QLess to improve the forecasting on wait times.

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The Racial Profiling Advisory Board of Wichita will hold a meeting Thursday to continue to address several citizen concerns, including challenges with suspended and revoked driver’s licenses and civil asset forfeiture.

Board member Juanita Ridge says the meetings are held in part to help people bogged down with red tape and a lack of resources to get their needs met. In September, the board partnered with the Kansas Department of Revenue. The agency came to Wichita and issued restricted driver’s licenses to applicants on the spot.

The chairman of the Kansas House Elections Committee says he's disappointed that the Department of Revenue no longer plans to require people to provide proof of legal U.S. residence to renew their driver's licenses.

Olathe Republican Scott Schwab says legislators assumed the driver's license requirement was coming when they enacted a law requiring new voters to provide proof of their U.S. citizenship when registering.

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