UPDATE: Kansas bill would allow 8-year driver's license

By: Chris Frank / Associated Press
By: Chris Frank / Associated Press

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WICHITA, Kan. -- Kansas drivers might be able to renew their licenses for longer periods of time.

In recent years Kansans have complained more often about long waits in state driver license offices.

State Representative Don Hineman (R), of Dighton, says "Going to the driver license office or the DMV has come to be a painful experience for too many people in Kansas."

That's why he says he authored House Bill 2631 which would increase the length of a Kansas driver license to eight years from the current six year length.

Hineman says it would help shorten lines in the license offices.

Theoretically, he says, it could reduce lines 20 to 25 percent.

Adam Holcomb getting his license renewed Friday at the Twin Lake's office in Northwest Wichita says, "That'd be great. The longer the better, I think. Because you don't have to come back and get it renewed every six years. If you have a couple extra years that'd help, I'd think."

Kevin Morrissey say he likes the proposal saying, "I think that's pretty good considering it might cut down on the bottleneck of waiting in line because DMVs, wherever you go, are always kind of busy."

Rep. Hineman says he proposed also increasing the time for those over 65 from the current four years to five years. Hineman says there was some resistance to that in the committee so he took that out. So those over 65 would still have to renew every four years.

Hineman says the challenge now is whether the committee chair will get the bill passed out of committee in time so it can be considered by the House and Senate.


Previous story:

A Kansas House committee is considering a bill that would allow state residents to renew their driver's licenses for eight years, rather than the current six years.

Members of the House Transportation Committee were supportive of the idea Thursday, saying it was partly in response to long lines at driver's license offices in the state.

The bill also would allow drivers over 70 to renew their licenses every five years, rather than four years currently required by state law.

However, The Topeka Capital-Journal reports committee members were open to keeping the four-year requirement for older drivers, and to the possibility of 10-year licenses.


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