Archive for Wednesday, December 6, 2000

Driver`s license renewals moving closer to home

December 6, 2000

If all goes according to plan, southern Leavenworth County residents soon will have to travel no farther than the County Annex in Tonganoxie to renew their driver`s licenses.

"They`ll be able to do anything but the driving test for new drivers," said Janice Young, Leavenworth County treasurer.

Plans call for the new service to be available in January at the annex, which is at the northeast corner of Laming Road and U.S. Highway 24-40.

Now, residents must travel to Leavenworth or Lawrence to turn in their written test and have a new photograph taken.

Young said she`s been working since she took office in 1998 to offer the service at the annex. Now that new wiring is complete, all that`s left is for Leavenworth County commissioners to sign a contract with the Driver Control division of the Kansas Department of Revenue. Leavenworth County will join 63 other county treasurer`s offices that offer the service.

"We just want to give all the service we can in the south end of the county," Young said.

It`s possible that the county will charge a $1 fee, especially if it`s determined that another employee will be required to help process renewals, Young said. But she doesn`t see the extra charge as a deterrent.

"I`m sure a lot of people would rather do that than pay the gas to go to Leavenworth or Lawrence," she said.

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