Monday, September 01, 2014

Kansas to streamline driver’s ed permits with an online portal

By The Herald Staff | 1/10/2014

TOPEKA — Driver’s education permits are speeding up starting April 1, when the Kansas Department of Revenue will shift to an online application portal.

“Time behind the wheel with experienced drivers is an essential training component for helping teenagers become safe and responsible drivers,” Lisa Kaspar, Kansas vehicles director, said Friday. “This new system will make sure student drivers aren’t losing valuable hands-on driving experience waiting for a piece of mail to arrive.”

TOPEKA — Driver’s education permits are speeding up starting April 1, when the Kansas Department of Revenue will shift to an online application portal.

“Time behind the wheel with experienced drivers is an essential training component for helping teenagers become safe and responsible drivers,” Lisa Kaspar, Kansas vehicles director, said Friday. “This new system will make sure student drivers aren’t losing valuable hands-on driving experience waiting for a piece of mail to arrive.”

The department handles about 50,000 driver’s education applications annually. With the current paper-driven system, permit applications can take multiple weeks to process — or even months if the student has a medical or vision issue, according to the department. The delay means student drivers who sign up for a driving class last minute, or delayed sending in their application, might not have the permit slip necessary to participate in the driving portion of the class, the department said in a press release.

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