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Kansas executive order extends option to renew driver’s licenses online

By: - July 29, 2020 10:41 am
Gov. Laura Kelly vetoed a bill Friday that would have established a new three-person board to control distribution of about $500 million in federal COVID-19 aid to Kansas businesses claiming damages from temporary closures or other pandemic restrictions. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Gov. Laura Kelly vetoed a bill Friday that would have established a new three-person board to control distribution of about $500 million in federal COVID-19 aid to Kansas businesses claiming damages from temporary closures or other pandemic restrictions. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly said a new executive order allows motorists under the age of 65 to renew driver’s licenses online during the pandemic.

The governor’s office said on Wednesday that Executive Order No. 20-60 temporarily lifted age restrictions that blocked applicants 50 years of age or older from applying for a new license online. The exemption, Kelly said, was part of the administration’s effort to help bring normalcy to Kansans while protecting the health of seniors and other people at higher risk of contracting COVID-19.

“Providing every opportunity for Kansans who are at a higher risk of COVID-19 to conduct business virtually is crucial in our efforts to safely get Kansans back to work and back to school as quickly as possible,” Kelly said.

The governor’s order will remain in place until Dec. 31 or when the statewide disaster emergency expires.

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Tim Carpenter
Tim Carpenter

Tim Carpenter has reported on Kansas for 35 years. He covered the Capitol for 16 years at the Topeka Capital-Journal and previously worked for the Lawrence Journal-World and United Press International. He has been recognized for investigative reporting on Kansas government and politics. He won the Kansas Press Association's Victor Murdock Award six times. The William Allen White Foundation honored him four times with its Burton Marvin News Enterprise Award. The Kansas City Press Club twice presented him its Journalist of the Year Award and more recently its Lifetime Achievement Award. He earned an agriculture degree at Kansas State University and grew up on a small dairy and beef cattle farm in Missouri. He is an amateur woodworker and drives Studebaker cars.

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