Tag Office Troubles

By: Paul Aker
By: Paul Aker

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How do you feel about standing in line at the tag office? If the wait bothers you, just think how you'd feel if you had to stand in line because of someone else's bad book keeping. If you've got the right name, it could happen to you.

When you look at it from a small business owner's point of view, time, as the old saying goes, is money. A Wichita insurance agent says the time it takes to stand in line costs him business, at least a couple of hundred dollars. It's all because of his name and he considers bad Sedgwick County Policy. Don Edwards had to stand in line at the tag office because a different Don Edwards wrote the county a bad check. When our Edwards tried to send in a personal check to renew his tags he got a note stating his checks are no good, he'll have to send in a money order or pay cash and stand in line to do it. "A person that causes a problem should have consequences," says Edwards. "But not everybody else in the world with the same name as the person that caused the problem should suffer the same consequences."

To get around the cash requirement, Edwards can send in affidavitts with his checks for the next two to five years. The county already has our Don Edwards' name, driver's license number and tag number, so why not just cross reference? Tag office managers say they're simply protecting tax-payer's accounts and this is the best police to prevent bad checks. "I can understand how he doesn't like the inconvenience, we don't like it either," says Tag office manager Mary Jo Ziegler.

If you have questions or concerns about tag office policies, call the Sedgwick County Tag Office at 660-9110.

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