From Dec. 4 through Dec. 30, City of Wichita Municipal Court will offer amnesty to drivers who have had their licenses suspended for failure to pay a traffic ticket. Drivers can obtain a restricted license while they participate in the amnesty program, which allows them to make payments on traffic citations without the threat of arrest or additional fees being assessed.
Municipal Court takes action to suspend approximately 8,000 license each year for failure to pay a traffic citation, said Donte Martin, the Municipal Court Administrator.
To ensure that residents can drive legally during this one-year period, Municipal Court encourages residents from Dec. 4 through Dec. 30 to apply for a restricted driver’s license from the State of Kansas Division of Motor Vehicles. The restricted driver’s license allows them to drive to and from:
- Medical appointments or emergencies,
- Probation and parole meetings, and
- Required court-related destination.
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 Amnesty Program will kick off on at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 4 at City Hall, 455 N. Main. 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.
The Amnesty Program is a partnership between the City of Wichita, the Kansas Division of Motor Vehicles, Workforce Alliance, and Sunflower Community Action.
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.
Watch the video of the news conference regarding the Amnesty DL Program