After an overnight lightning strike knocked out Johnson County government’s phones, email and internet on deadline day for August tag renewals, the state is allowing a 10-day grace period for drivers who weren’t able to renew their tags in person Wednesday.
“Kansas Division of Vehicles is coordinating with law enforcement and the Johnson County Treasurer’s Office to offer a 10-day grace period for people who are not able to complete their in-person transactions with the county because of the weather-related outage,” a statement said. “This includes services such as tags, 60-day title or other motor vehicle paperwork with an Aug. 31 deadline.”
The Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices located at 6000 Lamar Avenue in Mission and 782 N. Ridgeview Road in Olathe were open and providing services to customers but in a very limited capacity.
People needing vehicle titling services are urged to return next week. Those needing to renew their tags are encouraged to renew online at www.kswebtags.org.
The 10-day grace period does not apply to driver’s licenses; the state’s systems were not affected by the outage. The state’s online tag registration system, www.kswebtags.org, is not affected by the county’s outage.
Johnson County courts continued Wednesday, although voice and email communications were interrupted.
County officials said they were working to restore the system to full operation but that some problems would likely continue Thursday.