Kansas allows driver’s license changes for same-sex spouses

Sample Kansas Drivers License (KSN File Photo)

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Kansas is allowing married gay and lesbian residents to change their last names on their driver’s licenses.

Department of Revenue spokeswoman Jeannine Koranda said the Division of Vehicles handled its first name change Monday.

But the department is not yet allowing married same-sex couples to file joint income tax returns.

Koranda said the agency is reviewing all of its policies to make sure that it doesn’t miss any changes that need to be made.

The policy change for driver’s licenses is a response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision legalizing same-sex marriage across the nation. Kansas had banned gay marriage.

Koranda said gay and lesbian couples wishing to change their names on their driver’s licenses must present a marriage certificate at a driver’s license office.

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