In a unique forgiveness effort, the City of Wichita has announced a cooperative program with Kansas Division of Motor Vehicle, Workforce Alliance and Sunflower Community Action, that gives amnesty to drivers who have had their licenses suspended for failure to pay traffic tickets. In the program that runs through Dec. 30, participants will receive a second chance at complying with their traffic citation without the threat of arrest or additional fees being assessed.
The amnesty program applies to suspensions resulting from failure to pay City of Wichita Municipal Count traffic infractions. Amnesty does not apply to :
- Suspensions from other courts
- Warrants for non-traffic related charges
- Driver’s license suspensions resulting from misdemeanor moving violations such as Driving Under the Influence, Driving While Suspended, or Failure to Maintain Liability Insurance
- Charges resulting in a revoked driver’s license
Participants will receive amnesty from warrants, collection fees, and City reinstatement fees.
In order to receive amnesty, those with suspended licenses will be required to pay in full all fines and court costs that are owed. Payment plans will be offered, and those who are unable to pay due to financial hardship will receive credit toward their fines by performing community service at local organizations or attending training offered by Workforce Alliance to help job seekers gain employment. Failure to pay cases in full within the negotiated time frame will result in all waived fees being added back to the case(s).
Eligible participants 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 of additional fees being assessed. The Amnesty Program kicked off on Monday with representatives of the Kansas Department of Motor Vehicles at City Hall to help answer questions related to driver’s license suspensions and to assist eligible drives with obtaining a restricted license.
Suspended drivers that would like to resolve their outstanding obligations and take advantage of the amnesty program, should come to the City of Wichita Municipal Court Clerk’s Office or call 316-268-4120 for assistance. The Court Clerk’s Office is located on the 2nd floor of City Hall, 455 N. Main, 67202.