Governor Laura Kelly orders agencies to waive fees for Kansans affected by Friday’s inclement weather

TOPEKAGovernor Laura Kelly today called on executive branch agencies to assist Kansans affected by extreme weather conditions including large hail, high winds and tornadoes on the evening of Friday, April 29. In response, the Kansas Department of Revenue (KDOR) and Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) will waive fees for birth certificates, marriage certificates, and vehicle registrations for affected individuals. .

“Last Friday’s storm placed significant emotional and financial burdens on many Kansans,” said Governor Laura Kelly. “My administration is working to make sure those who lost everything get back on their feet.”

Areas affected are Butler, Dickson, Greenwood, Jackson, Jefferson, Marion, Morris, Pottawatomie, Sedgwick, Wabaunsee and Washington counties.

Governor Kelly directed the KDOR Vehicle Division to:

  • Waive penalties associated with late vehicle registrations;
  • Waive all charges associated with reprinting or replacing vehicle registration documentation, printed vehicle certificate of title, driver’s licenses and/or identification cards;
  • Issuing a temporary driver’s license to an applicant who cannot provide valid documentary evidence until the applicant provides compelling evidence proving their current legal presence. Any temporary license issued under this declaration is valid for one year.

KDHE Health Division:

  • One-time Kansas birth certificate replacement fee waived;
  • Fee waived for one-time replacement of Kansas marriage certificates.

The Environment Division of KDHE:

  • Work with county emergency officials to process and expedite permit-free disposal approvals for damaged/destroyed structures, debris and livestock;
  • Waive state tonnage charges to landfills for all disaster debris that is transported to a landfill for disposal;
  • Make district staff available to assist with disposal site locations and approvals;
  • Provide places for composting if the alternative to landfill is preferred.

In addition, KDOR Secretary Mark Burghart waived fees typically applied to requests for tax documents from previous years for Kansans affected by these storms. Such inquiries may be directed to Sarah Fulton, Kansas Department of Revenue Custodian of Records, via email at [email protected]

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