Kansas and Missouri extend driver's license expirations

March 25, 2020 - 7:01 am

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- If you’re worried about filing your taxes or renewing your driver’s license during the COVID-19 outbreak, you’re getting a reprieve in Kansas and Missouri.

In Kansas, all of the state’s 116 driver’s license offices will be shut down until at least April 15, which means if your driver’s license or vehicle registration expires while Kansas’s State of Emergency is in place, you are getting an extension to get everything up-to-date.

Kansas Secretary of Revenue Mark Burghart told KMBZ that if drivers get pulled over during the lockdown, they won’t be penalized for having an expired ID. 

"So if your driver's license expries I believe after March 12 or later, you can still use that expired license," Burghart explained. "Local and state law enforcement will still accept it."

The measure mirrors an order issued by Governor Mike Parson on Monday. Residents of Kansas and Missouri have up to 60 days after the emergency proclamation ends to get a new license and renew your car’s registration.

In addition, Kansas and Missouri are extending their tax filing deadlines to July 15, closely following action taken by the federal government last week. 

"That has extended the filing deadline for individual income tax and corporate income tax returns and payments coming into the State of Kansas," Burghart said. "That extension will go from April 15 to July 15."

It’s all in an effort to encourage social distancing and giving Kansas City a bit of relief in these unprecedented times. 

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