Valley Center Teen Offers Solutions To DMV Pain

By: Jared Cerullo Email
By: Jared Cerullo Email

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

A 17-year-old Valley Center High School student is grabbing the attention of local leaders with a possible solution to the DMV headache.

High School senior Kayla Keith took her experience at the tag office and came up with two solutions that she demonstrated for county commissioners and the county treasurer today.

Her presentation is likely to be forwarded to state leaders for consideration. Keith, meanwhile, believes her suggestions are a no-brainer.

We've all been through the painstaking hassle at the tag office. Especially lately, with a major overhaul of the system that handles vehicle registrations. However, 17-year-old Kayla Keith of Valley Center says it's all pointless and there are better ways readily available.

Keith was confident in speaking to the people in power on Tuesday. Offering two solutions to ease the pain of waiting sometimes for hours in line. First, use a simple call ahead system similar to what the Texas Roadhouse restaurant uses.

"It's so dreadful going to the tag office," Keith explained. "I may not be 18, I might not be able to do my tags, but I don't want to walk into the tag office when I have to and come to that point and have to deal with that."

Her second suggestion is to purchase a software program similar to what Great Clips uses so people can either call in or get on the list by using the Internet. But getting through the governmental red tape will likely prove challenging.

"It's state governed and they've created the system, but you know, maybe good thinkers like Kayla can inspire us to think a little differently, take a different track," said Sedgwick County Commissioner Tim Norton.

The state recently created a task force to look at how to improve the DMV headaches. Who knows? Maybe this 17-year-old high school senior will be asked to join it?

"I think her solutions are viable," said Linda Kizzire, Sedgwick County Treasurer. "The state has started the queue list at the drivers license bureau. Johnson County has also started using the queue list in their vehicle offices. It's something I would like to entertain doing, but I just want more research done on it."

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