Not Everyone Happy with Kansas Driver’s License Policy

Drivers in Kansas renewing their licenses may not be required to show proof of citizenship. The Kansas Secretary of Revenue’s office says it is not asking drivers to

Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan

Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan

prove they are legal U.S. residents.

Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan says his office will develop an initiative where the public can voluntarily present a birth certificate, passport or other documents. However, when getting a brand new driver’s license proof of citizenship will be required.

The chairman of the Kansas House Elections Committee says he’s disappointed that the Department of Revenue no longer plans to require people to provide proof of legal U.S. residence to renew their driver’s licenses.

Olathe Republican Scott Schwab said Monday legislators assumed the driver’s license requirement was coming when they enacted a law requiring new voters to provide proof of their U.S. citizenship when registering. The law took effect this year.

Jordan said the shift in plans is a response to signals from federal officials about what states must do to make driver’s licenses secure.

But Schwab said legislators thought the proof-of-citizenship rule for new voters would be less onerous if people were already providing the same documents to renew driver’s licenses.