What is the DMV Modernization Project?
The Kansas Department of Revenue created the DMV Modernization project in 2008 to replace its aging mainframe systems used for driver licensing, inventory management and motor vehicle titling and registration.
The updated, modern systems are designed to be more efficient, easier to use and maintain.
The new systems also replace the need for manual, paper-driven procedures that were created to complete routine tasks when existing technology could not keep pace with changing business practices.
This enables entities outside of the Kansas Department of Revenue such as law enforcement, courts and insurance companies to get accurate, real-time information when they need it.
To date, the new technologies have replaced:
- Vehicle Information Processing System, a distributed processing system on a mainframe platform that was used since 1987 to register, title and tag roughly 2.7 million vehicles. The system was also used to keep track of liens on vehicles and to calculate and record property and sales taxes. This was replaced in May 2012.
- Kansas Vehicle Inventory System, a mainframe application that was used since 1993 to order and keep track of tags, decals and other raw materials needed for titling and registering vehicles. This system was replaced in May 2012.
The department is in the process of developing upgrades to the technologies that handle Kansas driverís licenses, identification cards and driving records.
When complete, it will upgrade a process and systems that have been in use since 1990 to issue and keep track of nearly 2 million driverís licenses and identification cards. The system is also used to keep track of driving records, including restrictions, suspensions and revocations.
What is the cost and how are you paying for it?
The Kansas Department of Revenue relies on county treasurers to help it meet its vehicle titling and registration obligation. Some county treasurers also offer driverís license and ID card renewals. This collaboration ensures that Kansas drivers and vehicle owners have local access to services that are the responsibility of the state.
County treasurers and law enforcement were pivotal in securing funding for the $40 million project. Because of their support, the 2008 Kansas Legislature passed statutes 75-5159 and 75-5160 that provide the mechanism and authority to collect a $4 fee at the time vehicles are registered.
In 2012, the Legislature extended the $4 fee but starting January 2013, the money has gone to the Kansas Highway Fund.