Removal from Kansas Drug Offender Registry

For years, persons convicted of certain drug crimes (including convictions from federal court) have had to register under the Kansas Offender Registration Act— if they live, work, or go to school in Kansas. Under K.S.A. 22-4905, the registration period is for 15 years.

Earlier this year, Kansas law changed to allow for these persons (registered “drug offenders”) to petition for removal from the drug offender registry after five years. See K.S.A. 22-4908. The petition is filed in state court. For drug offenders convicted in federal court, “such petition shall be filed in the district court of any county where the offender is currently required to register.” K.S.A. 22-4908(d)(1).

Kansas Legal Services is also offering to help. KLS has created a page to share information and forms for removal from the drug registry. The resource page is available here: https://www.kansaslegalservices.org/node/2530/kansas-drug-offenders-have-way-out-drug-registry

The site includes information about the new law (SB 366) and forms created by the Kansas Judicial Council. For Kansas state convictions, KLS is developing a combined expungement and removal packet, which should be available to self-represented litigants soon (July 10 tentative date).

KLS will also be adding FAQs and other tips for self-represented litigants. They will also take some cases, so do not hesitate to refer clients/former client to KLS for these petitions.