KDHE and Revenue Department to waive fees for victims of latest wildfires

TOPEKA — Governor Laura Kelly on Tuesday asked two state agencies to ease the burden of paying fees for residents of Reno and Harvey counties affected by the state’s latest wildfires.

Kansas Department of Revenue and Kansas Department of Health and Environment plan to waive vehicle registration and driver’s license fees as well as replacement of birth and marriage certificates in wake of fires that spread on March 5 in these two central Kansas counties.

“We want to make sure we don’t add to the stress these Kansans are facing right now,” Kelly said. “My guidelines will help expedite the recovery process by allowing these fire victims to quickly replace their important documents and begin the rebuilding process.”

Revenue Department waivers apply to penalties associated with late vehicle registrations, fees for replacing vehicle titles and related documents, the cost of temporary driver’s licenses, and fees paid for copies of tax documents for years previous ones.

In addition, KDHE was ordered to waive one-time replacement fees for marriage and birth certificates and waive state landfill tonnage fees for disaster debris. In addition, permits for the disposal of destroyed structures, debris or livestock would be expedited.

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