Jordan reveals changes at local driver licensing offices

In a letter to Johnson County legislators, Kansas Secretary of Revenue and Johnson Countian Nick Jordan announced changes that soon will take effect for driver licensing offices in Johnson County.

The following is the letter:

Dear Johnson County legislators, Continue reading

Officers find several violations at commercial check lane

From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 3, the Olathe Police Department, along with the Kansas Highway Patrol Motor Carrier Assistance Program, and the Overland Park Police Department conducted a Commercial Vehicle Check Lane at US 169hwy and 167th St.

Fifty-one vehicles with 17 drivers and/or their vehicles were placed out of service for critical violations. These violations include unsecured loads, brakes out of adjustment, bald tires, and no commercial vehicle driver’s license.

More than 30 percent of the commercial vehicles inspected were placed out of service for these critical violations. According to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, the national average is 20 percent.

The Olathe Police Department in conjunction with other area agencies will continue to conduct these commercial vehicle check lanes in an effort to make the roadways safer in Olathe.


The dreaded DMV


I’ve been dreading today all weekend.


I have to go to the DMV in Olathe to renew our vehicle registrations.

It’s my own fault. I could have mailed them in but with granddaughter Alexandra in town, I forgot and missed the mail-in date deadline.

I wanted to do it online and use my credit card and would have but each vehicle needs a pin number in order to do that. And as luck would have it, just two of our three vehicles have that pin number. And when you use a credit card, you pay a “convience” fee for each vehicle as well as a processing fee. So I figured since I had to go to the DMV to renew the registration on the un-pinned vehicle I might as well save the extra fee money and take care of all three at once today.

Last year, it wasn’t a bad experience. But since the state went to a new computer system that was supposed to make it even better, well, the waiting time has become worse — a lot, lot worse — to the point that they turn people away.

So, we’ll see how it goes. I’ll try to secure a time via the website. I’m sitting here waiting for 7:30 to try and secure my spot.

Wish me luck. I’ll let you know how it goes!


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