From December 4, 2015 through December 30, 2015, the City of Wichita has partnered with the Kansas Division of Motor Vehicles, Workforce Alliance, and Sunflower Community Action to help roughly 8,000 drivers get back to driving legally. The driver’s license amnesty program is being offered for the first time in the state and this is the pilot program.
Participants will receive a second chance at complying with their traffic citation without the threat of arrest or additional fees being assessed.
People will be able to apply for a restricted license from the state. A restricted license can be used to get to specific places including work, school, medical appointments or emergencies, probation and parole meetings, and required court-related destinations.
Payment plans will be offered, and those who are unable to pay due to financial hardship will receive credit toward their fines by performing community service at local organizations or attending training offered by Workforce Alliance to help job seekers gain employment. Failure to pay cases in full within the allotted time frame will result in all waived fees being added back to the case(s).
Amnesty applies to suspensions resulting from failure to pay City of Wichita Municipal Court traffic infractions. Amnesty, however, does not apply to:
- Suspensions from other courts
- Warrants for non-traffic related charges
- Driver’s license suspensions resulting from misdemeanor moving violations such as Driving Under the Influence, Driving While Suspended, or Failure to Maintain Liability Insurance
- Charges resulting in a revoked driver’s license
If outstanding fines are paid during the year, the resident’s driver’s license will be reinstated. Visit the Kansas Department of Revenue’s website to check the status of a driver’s license and to obtain an application for a restricted driver’s license.
The Kansas Department of Motor Vehicle staff will be on site to answer questions related driver’s license suspensions, and assist eligible drivers with obtaining a restricted license.
Drivers with suspended licenses should visit the Municipal Court Clerk’s Office at 455 N. Main St. on the 2nd floor or call 268-4120. Amnesty will not be offered prior to Dec. 4 or after Dec. 30. For additional information, visit www.wichita.gov.