Gov. Laura Kelly signed an executive order Wednesday that would allow driver’s licenses that expired during the COVID-19 pandemic to remain valid until Jan. 26, 2021.


Licenses that expired after March 12 of this year would be extended, as long as holders are not able to renew at a state facility.


"Due to the logistical challenges COVID-19 has presented, it’s important that we provide Kansans with some leniency regarding driver’s license renewal," Kelly said in a statement. "This is especially important as we near the election, as people tend to use their drivers’ licenses as a form of identification at the polls."


The order also extends deadlines associated with vehicle registrations that would have expired during the pandemic. The new deadlines for applying for a vehicle tag and title are staggered based on when the vehicle was purchased. Those dates can be found in the order.


And under the terms of the order, law enforcement "shall use their discretion" in deciding whether to ticket a driver for an expired license or registration.


Kelly issued similar executive orders earlier in the pandemic. The State Finance Council was set to review the issue Thursday.