Has your driver’s license been suspended due to not having enough money to pay a traffic fine plus court costs?
Please read this webpage. It will save you time and help you get your life back!!
But it is up to you to take action. No one else is going to do it for you. You are the only one who has to be determined enough to follow the instructions below if you ever hope to have your license reinstated.
So, here is the information and downloadable forms you need to receive a Restricted License. Only then will you be allowed to legally drive while you are earning money to survive plus pay what you owe. Further down you will find the forms you need to file a Motion to ask the Court to reduce that amount plus set up a realistic payment/community service plan.
Unfortunately, this information does NOT apply to people whose license has been suspended due to a DUI or is currently Revoked.
WHAT TO DO FIRST
Click HERE to check the status of your license.
Then download the PDF Application to modify failure to comply suspension to restricted driving privileges (DC-1020) to complete and mail it to:
Division of Vehicles
PO Box 12021
Topeka KS 66612-2021
Or Fax to: 785-296-6851
After you have mailed your application to Topeka, if you qualify, they will mail you a Restricted License to drive legally while you pay your fines and fees. Call (785)296-3671 or CHECK ONLINE to find out the citation numbers on which you still owe and to learn if they have been turned over your remaining fines to a collection agency.
Once you receive a Restricted License in the mail from the KDOR, you are allowed to drive again legally while paying your fines and court costs. You may pay what you owe in installment payments and/or by doing Community Service.
If you are financially unable to pay all of the accumulated traffic fines and fees within one year, the new state law allows you to write out and file a MANIFEST HARDSHIP motion with the Clerk of the Court in the jurisdiction where you received your traffic ticket. This written Motion is to ask the Judge to reduce your fines, court costs and reinstatement fees for the original traffic ticket you received instead of the driving-on-suspended fines and fees which have been added since then.
Below are Wichita Municipal Court and/or Sedgwick County Traffic Court Manifest Hardship motions for you to download, file and request a hearing.
Once you deliver your written Motion to the Clerk of the Court where your ticket was issued, that person will then schedule a hearing date for you to stand before the Judge and ask that your Motion to reduce your fines be granted.
MAKE SURE THAT YOU APPEAR ON THAT DATE!! IF YOU DON'T COME, IT IS UNLIKELY THAT YOU WILL BE GIVEN A SECOND CHANCE TO ASK THE JUDGE TO REDUCE YOUR FINES AND FEES.
If the Judge grants your Motion to reduce what you owe, keep making the installment payments and do your Community Service as agreed so you pay the total amount within one year. If not, you will have to reapply for another Restricted License or have your license suspended again.
Below are the Wichita Municipal Court and Sedgwick County website links and forms for you to download and file with the Court Clerk.
This Suspended License Fact Sheet is a one page downloadable PDF. It provides links to key documents you may need--depending on whether your traffic ticket was issued by a Wichita Police Officer or a Sedgwick County Deputy Sheriff.
Feel free to print as many copies as you want. However, please take time to read and follow the instructions on the rest of this webpage so you know which forms you are required to file with which Court so you can get your driver's license back ASAP.
This PDF document contains information which has been provided by the Kansas Department of Revenue, Department of Motor Vehicles in Topeka. It contains phone numbers, mailing and office addresses, their FAX number, website links and where to pay traffic fines and fees if they have been turned over to Butler & Associates to collect. This is hard to find information, so download and make as many copies as you need.
Download the PDF documents below if you received a traffic ticket from a Sedwick County Sheriff's Deputy.
Payment plans can be set up with the Clerk and paid online at www.citepayusa.com You may also make payments on your tickets on the South side of the Court House on the 1st Floor in the Treasurer's office.
The Traffic Division Court Clerk can be reached at (316)660-5670.
Community Service at $5 per hour toward the fines you owe can also be granted by the Judge after you file a Motion and tell the Court why you need to work off your fines and fees rather then make cash payments. Before you file your Motion and attend the Court hearing, download the list of approved Community Agencies below. There is also more information posted on the https://www.sedgwickcounty.org/district-attorney/traffic-division/ webpage. You will need to download and take the Community Service Work Verification form below with you to the agency so they can write down when and for how many hours you worked.
Download and complete the Traffic Motion “Manifest Hardship” application to ask the Judge to reduce your fines and fees for County tickets back to the Original unpaid ticket--before your license was suspended. Then take this Traffic Motion to the County Court House at 525 N. Main, room 714 and hand it to the Traffic Court Clerk. They will set a Friday Court date for you to appear. Make sure you tell the Judge about the payments you are already making and/or the Community Service hours you have worked.
First, download the Payment Plan PDF below. Read it carefully. When you have it completed, take it to the 2nd floor in the Wichita City Hall. While you are there, sign the Payment Plan Contract so you can pay your fines and fees online or by mail, phone or in person.
The City has an online payment website at https://www.wichita.gov/Court/Pages/Payment.aspx with various payment options so you do NOT have to come to City Hall each time to make a payment. Their online payment portal is at: https://online.wichita.gov/webcourts. The Municipal Court Clerk's phone # is: (316)268-4611.
Also download the Community Service forms below. While you are with the Court Clerk, arrange to receive $8 per hour credit toward the fines you owe by working at one of the approved nonprofit agencies.
Then download and complete the PDF below of the “Manifest Hardship” application. It will take some time to find all of the information they are requesting, so complete it before taking it to the Traffic Clerk to ask them to assign a court date for you to stand before a Municipal Court Judge ask them to reduce your fines and fees. Make sure you tell the Judge about the payments you are already making and/or the Community Service hours you have worked.
If you need free legal assistance, please contact the Kansas Legal Services.
CLICK HERE to read information about how they help drivers with a suspended license.
Go HERE to apply for their legal services.
If you live in Sedgwick County, their attorney is Nate Johnson. His phone number is (316)265-9681. His email address is email@example.com. Marilyn Harp is the Executive Director in Topeka. Her phone number is (785)233-2068 and email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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