February 8, 2016

Task force will examine DMV

A task force will be investigating how to create a modernized DMV in Kansas, Gov. Sam Brownback announced during a press conference in Olathe Friday. Long lines plagued DMV offices last spring after a new computer system for tag renewals and car registrations went live. Brownback said the goal of the newly-created task force ill Continue Reading

$2 fee increase proposed to cover shortfall at DMV

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com Johnson County Commissioners expressed frustration last week over ongoing motor vehicle registration problems associated with a new computer system launched by the state in May. Although Tom Franzen, county treasurer, said wait times have improved over the past few months, the new system remains far from efficient. Since the new system was Continue Reading

Problems continue to plague DMV

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com Johnson County Commissioners expressed frustration Sept. 6 over ongoing motor vehicle registration problems associated with a new computer system implemented by the state last May. Although Tom Franzen, county treasurer, said wait times have improved over the past few months, the new system remains far from efficient. Since the new system was Continue Reading

Commissioner calls on governor to address DMV registration ‘fiasco’

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com Johnson County Commissioner Jim Allen, 2nd District, wants Gov. Sam Brownback to take ownership of the state’s failed motor vehicle computer registration upgrade. Allen said during the commission’s July 5 meeting that Johnson County deserves better service for the amount of sales tax revenue it generates for the state. “I am extremely Continue Reading

New DMV system shuts down

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com Tom Franzen, Johnson County treasurer, confirmed to The Gardner News that the controversial new state motor vehicle computer system shut down on June 29. Franzen said it was the second malfunction in as many days. The system also briefly shut down June 28. Franzen said he spoke to the secretary of revenue Continue Reading

Renewal grace period extended to July 13

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Revenue, Division of Vehicles has asked law enforcement to extend a two-week grace period for drivers with tags expiring June 30. The grace period will extend to July 13 and will apply to those with last names starting with H or I, or vehicles with 30 day temporary tags Continue Reading

DMV to add 17 positions

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com Johnson County is backfilling nine vacant positions in the Motor Vehicles Department. Eight of nine of those positions were eliminated earlier this year as part of the county’s early retirement incentive program. The county is also adding an additional eight positions to help fill out staffing at the two motor vehicle buildings. Continue Reading

Total preparation has no place at DMV

The old saying that, “Nothing is certain but death and taxes” is correct but still incomplete. I’d add “the pain of dealing with the Department of Motor Vehicles” to that short list. Last week I decided to finally get a new drivers license, as I had moved recently. As anyone who has had to endure Continue Reading

Satan works for the DMV

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Had Dante Alighieri written the Divine Comedy today rather than in the 1300s, the circles of hell for the worst offenders probably would closely resemble the Department of Motor Vehicles. I sold a car and purchased a new one last week, which led to my own tour of the dark circles of Continue Reading