Topeka The Kansas Department of Revenue on Wednesday encouraged people to get out of line and get online to renew their vehicle tags.
To that end, the department said it was waiving the credit card and electronic check processing fees for one year.
“With so many people today using their computers, tablets and cellphones to do everything from shopping to sharing photos, we want to make sure they also know they can conveniently renew vehicle registrations from the comfort of home,” Director of Vehicles Donna Shelite said.
The announcement comes after the department’s rocky rollout of a $40 million computer overhaul that has produced long lines, hours of waiting and loud complaining at several county treasurers’ offices. Increased use of online services is one aspect of that system modernization project, said Department of Revenue spokeswoman Jeannine Koranda.
The $3 flat fee for electronic checks will be waived, as well as the credit card fee that was 2.5 percent of the total transaction.
To renew online, go to the department's website. The online renewal option is available to anyone whose vehicle is registered in Kansas, whose address on the renewal is current, and who has vehicle insurance as required by law.
The online service requires a personal identification number (PIN), which is printed on the registration renewal notices Kansans receive in the mail.
By waiving the fees, the state will lose about $1.2 million in revenue.