The Mission driver licensing office, which serves northeast Johnson County, will be open Mondays through the summer, beginning next week. The office is in the Mission West shopping center across from Hobby Lobby at 6507 Johnson Drive.
The office also conducts motorcycle skills tests in the parking lot at the area where a sink hole recently opened. That stopped testing for a little more than a week, but a new section of the lot has been repainted for the tests to continue.
The Mission branch and a branch in Wichita are the only ones in the state that will observe the extra day. The offices are normally closed on Monday. The offices will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Mondays through August 26 to alleviate long summer lines at the state’s busiest offices, according to the state.
The following from the department of revenue:
“During the summer, our offices are crowded as teenagers come in to get permits and licenses while they are out of school. This year, applications for concealed carry permits have also more than doubled, adding to the traffic,” explained Vehicles Director Donna Shelite. “While this can increase wait times at all of our offices, it is particularly problematic in our urban areas.”
“Last summer, we opened our Olathe and Wichita offices up on Monday for the first time since the state switched to the four-day work week almost 20 years ago,” Shelite said. “Being open those eight Mondays allowed us to serve an additional 4,556 customers – including 212 drive tests which take about three times as long to administer than normal transactions.”
The state has also installed a line management system so you can get a place in line without going to the office. More on that system from the state:
“To sign in online visit: http://www.ksrevenue.org/qless.html, to sign in using your cell phone, text the name of the office you will be going to with “DL” after the city and if you need a new license or are renewing (for example Wichita DL Renewal or Mission DL Original) to 626- 609-1234. The phone number accepts only text messages.
Once they have a place in line, people can roam freely while they wait, allowing them to stay at work or run errands instead of having to sit and wait in the office. The system will send them updates via text alerting them as their number progresses to the front of the line. The time displayed is not an appointment, but an estimate of how long before a customer will reach the front of the line.”