WICHITA — The state has decided on a second drivers license bureau for Sedgwick County. As many had hoped, it will be in Derby.
"It is the first time that Sedgwick County will have had more than one drivers licensing bureau ... in a decade," says spokeswoman Jeannine Koranda.
The bureau will be in 4,500 square feet at the Bristol Square shopping center at Madison and Rock Road.
The last time the county had a second bureau, it was in the Parklane Shopping Center at Lincoln and Oliver. Koranda says she's not sure why that one closed.
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"I can't speak to that because it was a prior administration," she says. "Since then, there's only been one."
Koranda says the new bureau will open this fall to accommodate a growing population, particularly in that area.
The state is adding staff for that office and for the bureau in Andover, which Koranda says is another growing area.
The new Derby bureau will be similar to the existing one at the Twin Lakes shopping center and handle new licenses and renewals, driver testing and concealed-carry licenses.
Bradley Tidemann with J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal for the Bristol Square space.