Frequently Asked Questions About Titles and Registrations

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General Information

What are the hours for the Titles and Registrations/Dealer Licensing Bureau in Topeka?
Office phones are answered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The public access, front counter, is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The office is closed: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Veterans Day, the Thursday and Friday of Thanksgiving week and Christmas Day. The office may rarely be closed for other reasons without advance notice.

Does the Titles and Registrations Bureau have a toll free number?
No. Our phone number is 785-296-3621.

Will I need a photo ID to pick up a title at the Titles and Registrations Bureau in Topeka?
Yes, a photo ID is required.

Note: Lien release applications cannot be hand carried to Topeka once they have been entered into the treasurer's computer system. Bring the release of lien directly to Topeka and remember to bring photo identification.

How do I get to the Docking State Office Building in Topeka?
The front counter for the Titles and Registrations Bureau is located in the Tax Assistance Center in the Docking State Office Building, 915 S.W. Harrison St., Room 150 in Topeka. The Docking State Office Building is directly west of the Capitol at the intersection of Southwest Tenth Avenue and Southwest Harrison Street.

Contact Information

If you have questions or need additional information please contact the Titles and Registrations Bureau here.

Kansas Statutes/Laws

You can access the Kansas statutes at http://kslegislature.org/li/statute/

The majority of Kansas vehicle and trailer statutes are in Article 1 of Chapter 8, therefore the statute number will look like 8-1## or 8-1,###. If you do not know the statute number that you need, try the keyword field.


Kansas County Treasurers

How can I find information regarding my county treasurer's motor vehicle office?
A map of Kansas with all counties is available at this website: http://www.kansastreasurers.org/vehicle/vehicle.htm. Click the county on the map for the treasurer's information of that county.


Kansas Titles

Does Kansas require a notary on documents submitted for application for title and registration?
The Kansas Division of Vehicles does not require most title assignments, title applications, and bills of sale completed within Kansas to be notarized. The Division reserves the right to require notarized documentation in unusual circumstances.

However, a release of lien and lien holder consent from a Kansas lien holder and the lien holder's portion of the Request and Consent for Kansas Title to be Issued with Lien (TR-42), will need to be notarized.

How do I refinance a vehicle when the title exists in an electronic format?


  • For vehicles with 26,000 pound GVWR OR Less (autos, light trucks, motorcycles, motorized bicycles, trailers):
    As of July 1, 2007, vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 26,000 pounds or less can only have one lien recorded on the vehicle’s record at the Division of Vehicles. The Division cannot take or accept an application to add a second lien holder for vehicles with a GVWR of 26,000 pounds or less. If the vehicle is being refinanced, the existing lien holder recorded on the vehicle’s record will have to release their lien. Since the vehicle is currently titled in the owner’s name, a secured title application is the process used to “refinance” the vehicle. The lien holder that is refinancing the vehicle must make the application for secured title in the county treasurer’s motor vehicle office. There is a title fee for this transaction.
    The following documentation will be required from the applicant:
    1. Completed and signed Application for Duplicate/Secured/Reissue Title, (TR-720B), or a completed and signed Power of Attorney,(TR-41) appointing the lien holder to act on behalf of the owner(s) to sign the title application,;
    2. The current registration receipt (if the registration receipt is not available, a duplicate receipt may be obtained at the treasurer’s office for 50 cents) and the title, if the title exists in any physical form; and
    3. If the vehicle weighs less than 26,000 pounds, the applicant must provide a release of lien from the lien holder shown on a current registration receipt or certificate of title.
  • For heavy trucks registered more than 26,000 pounds and mobile or manufactured homes:
    For vehicles with a GVWR of more than 26,000 pounds, a second lien holder may be added to the vehicle’s record (title). No more than two liens can be listed for a vehicle.
    Since the vehicle is currently titled in the owner’s name, a secured title application is the process used to “refinance” the vehicle. The lien holder that is refinancing the vehicle must make the application for secured title in the county treasurer’s motor vehicle office. There is a title fee for this transaction.
    The following documentation will be required: 
    1. Completed and signed Application for Duplicate/Secured/Reissue Title (TR-720B), or a completed and signed Power of Attorney (TR-41) appointing the lien holder to act on behalf of the owner(s) to sign the title application; and
    2. The current registration receipt or if issued prior to Jan. 1, 2003 the title (if the registration receipt is not available, a duplicate receipt may be obtained at the treasurer’s office for 50 cents).
    The lien holder that is refinancing the vehicle will be listed as the second lien holder on the vehicle’s record. Once the first lien holder has been paid off, they may submit their lien release electronically (if they are members of the kselien system), or by providing it to the owner who will then submit it to the county treasurer or fax it to the Titles and Registrations Bureau. The lien release may be attached to the application for secured title if provided to the lien holder submitting the secured title application.

How long does it take to get my applied for title from the state?
Depending on the length of time between the date of purchase and date of application, a title (with no lien holder) may be received from 10 to 40 days after the date of application, unless further research or documentation is required. All title applications are held by the computer system for 35 days from date of purchase to allow for any Notices of Security Interest (NSI) to be filed. An NSI must be filed within 30 days of the date of purchase. The additional five days is necessary to allow the Division time to enter the data from paper NSI filings into the computer system.

Titles that have a lien holder recorded on file are held electronically and will not be physically issued until there are no liens for the vehicle on record.

Can I bring my assigned title to the state office in Topeka to pick up my new title?
No, application for original (new) title and registration (license plate) must be made at the county treasurer's office in the county in which the vehicle will be located/garaged.

Where is my title? I called the county and they told me to call the state.

Titles that have a lien holder record on file will not be issued until there are no liens for the vehicle on record. Vehicles that do not have a lien holder record will normally be issued a title in 10 to 40 days after application. If you do not have your title by the end of the sixth week, please contact the Titles and Registrations Bureau.

When will a power of attorney be required?
A power of attorney is required when the person(s) listed in the face of a title (who is still living) is appointing or authorizing someone else to act as the vehicle owner. This will include assignment of title, renewal of registration, application for title and registration, and bringing the application to and/or picking up the printed title at the Titles and Registration Bureau. A power of attorney is not valid if the person making the appointment is deceased. A faxed or photo copy of the form will not be accepted. All signature(s) must be in the original ink.

In Kansas, there are three different power of attorney forms; General Power of Attorney ( TR-41); Power of Attorney and Odometer Disclosure for Electronic Title (TR-40); and the Secure Power of Attorney. The TR-40 and TR-41 are available on our website and are linked to the forms from this response. The Secure Power of Attorney may be obtained from a licensed Kansas new or used vehicle dealership. There is a fee associated with the Secure Power of Attorney, please contact the dealership to obtain the cost of the form. For more information about power of attorney requirements, please refer to the Division's forms identified above.

Does Kansas require a vehicle inspection to apply for title and/or renew registration?
The following are the circumstances when a Motor Vehicle Examination ( MVE-1) will be required before making application for title:

  1. Vehicle or trailer is titled on an out of state or another country’s title, regardless of age;
  2. Vehicle or trailer was purchase out of state on a bill of sale, regardless of age;
  3. 1950 or newer antique auto or truck purchased in Kansas on a bill of sale;
  4. Vehicle is titled as nonhighway for no liability insurance or as salvage due to any reason and the vehicle has been repaired or insurance obtained and the owner wishes to make application for a formerly nonhighway or rebuilt salvage title and registration;
  5. Boat trailer with a gross operating weight of 2,001 pound or more that has never been titled in Kansas and the current owner is using a Vehicle/Motor Ownership Affidavit TR-90.

'Motorized bicycles and mobile or manufactured homes are NOT required to be inspected. A vehicle or trailer along with the title or bill of sale must be taken to a Kansas inspection station and after the inspection, be issued an MVE-1 receipt. The pink copy of the MVE-1 is to be surrendered to the county treasurer’s motor vehicle office when you make application for title and registration. Please review the Kansas Highway Patrol's website to find the location and hours of operation of the inspection station in your county or area.

Kansas does not have a safety or emissions inspection requirement or program.

'When may I use an Out of State VIN Verification in lieu of a Kansas Highway Patrol inspection/MVE-1 for Kansas title application purposes?
To qualify for an Out of State VIN Verification in lieu of the MVE-1 the Kansas resident/business must meet one of the following:

  1. Resident is on active military duty stationed in another state;
  2. Resident is attending a college, university or school in another state as a full time student;
  3. Any out-of-state title application for Kansas apportioned registration that requires a VIN inspection (MVE-1) and the vehicle is not in Kansas, or;
  4. Resident or business vehicle is "temporarily" in another state for reasonable cause (i.e.-working on a short term basis, seasonal resident.).

Elgible applicants are encouraged to use the Kansas Resident/Business Out of State VIN Verification TR-65. Follow the instructions on the TR-65. The completed TR-65 will be accepted* in lieu of the MVE-1.

*For an applicant claiming temporarily out of Kansas, the applicant will only be able to use the TR-65 to submit their application for title and registration. The vehicle must be returned to Kansas and an MVE-1 obtained and submitted to Titles and Registration Bureau before the Kansas title will be issued (printed). Vehicles with pending title applications awaiting an MVE-1 will not be allowed to renew their registration without the pre-approval of Titles and Registration Bureau and may only be approved for renewal 60 days after generation of correspondence requesting the MVE-1. Failure to return the vehicle to Kansas will result in the title application not being completed (no title printed) and the registration not being renewed.

How much are the title fees in Kansas?
The title fee in Kansas is $10. There is an additional $3 application fee for a repossession title.

How do I transfer ownership of a Kansas titled vehicle I have sold or given as a gift?
To transfer ownership, the title for the vehicle or trailer must be assigned to the new owner. The seller must complete all information on the assignment of title except for the buyer’s printed name and signature. If the title assignment does not have a space to record the purchase price, a Bill of Sale (two page form TR-12) will also be required.

If the vehicle is being given as a gift, the Vehicle Gift Certification portion of the Affidavit to a Fact ( TR-12), must be completed. If the assignment of title has the “purchase price” space in the assignment of title, write the word “gift” in this space. If the buyer and seller are related as child, parent, grandchild, or grandparent, an Affidavit of Relationship (TR-215) can be completed and attached instead of the TR-12. The previous owner must remove their license plate from the vehicle or trailer once the title is assigned and the vehicle or trailer is delivered. A seller may unilaterally create a presumption of sale/transfer by filing a Seller's Notification of Sale (TR-216) with the Division.

I have or will be moving to Kansas from another state, what do I need to do to make application for a Kansas title and registration?
You will need to take the vehicle and the title* for the vehicle to a Kansas motor vehicle inspection station and obtain a Motor Vehicle Examination (form MVE-1) before going to the county treasurer’s motor vehicle office. Contact the county treasurer’s office or check the Kansas Highway Patrol at http://www.kansashighwaypatrol.org/field_op/mve/vin_main.html concerning the location and hours of operation of the inspection station. Take the title*, the pink copy of the MVE-1 and proof of insurance with you to the county treasurer’s motor vehicle office to make application for a Kansas title and registration.

*If the title is being held by your lien holder or if the vehicle is being leased, the lien holder or leasing company will need to fax the front and back of the title to the county treasurer's office or the motor vehicle inspection station. The faxed copies will be used to complete the motor vehicle examination resulting in the issuance of an MVE-1. Take proof of insurance, the pink copy of the MVE-1, the copies of the front and back of the title, and a current valid registration receipt from the state in which the vehicle was last registered to the county treasurer's motor vehicle office and make application for title and registration. If the paperwork is complete, (the treasurers office will not accept an expired registration) a license plate will be issued at that time. The Titles and Registrations Bureau will send a letter to the lien holder or leasing company requesting they surrender the title they are holding to the State of Kansas. A new Kansas title will be issued and mailed back to leasing company, if there is no lien holder. If there is a lien on the vehicle, the Kansas Division of Vehicles will hold the title electronically until the lien is released. If the lien holder or leasing company will not surrender the title, the applicant and the lien holder or leasing company will need to work out a way for the title to be surrendered, or the registration will not be renewed. The vehicle cannot be operated without valid/current registration.

If the title is being held electronically by another state, the current valid registration receipt from the state in which the vehicle was last registered will be used as proof of ownership for accepting the application for title and registration. The Titles and Registrations Bureau will correspond with the lien holder and/or the other state to request the title be surrendered to the Kansas Division of Vehicles. If the title is not surrendered, the applicant and the lien holder or leasing company will need to work out a way for the title to be surrendered, or the registration will not be renewed. The vehicle cannot be operated without valid/current registration.

NOTE: You will have 60 days from the date the letter is sent to the lien holder requesting the title to complete the application for title. (If there are other issues with the application, a letter will be mailed to the applicant to resolve the problem(s).) After 60 days, the registration (license plate) will not be renewed until the title application is completed (all requested information is received). It is the applicant’s/owner’s responsibility to ensure the title is surrendered to the division by the lien holder.

What is the procedure when an owner is deceased, there is no Transfer On Death designation and the title is being held in electronic format?
Legal heirs may apply for a Decedent’s Title, TR-83a, or use the Claim of Heir Affidavit, TR-83b, by completing either of the forms and taking the completed form, the Lien Holder Consent to Transfer, form TR-128 and a copy of the current registration or verification to their local county treasurer’s motor vehicle office. The executors or administrators of estates may apply for an original title using the same process. A trustee may transfer property by using a Certificate of Trust, TR-81. A title fee will apply, along with any other appropriate fees or taxes.

If the lien has been paid off, use the assignment portion of the Lien Holder Consent to Transfer form, TR-128, attach the lien release in lieu of the lien holder’s portion of the consent and go to your local county treasurer’s motor vehicle office and make application for title. The executors or administrators of estates, per the probated will, may apply for an original title through the same process.

What are the requirements in Kansas for a vehicle to be titled as an antique?
Any vehicle, including an antique military vehicle, 35 years old or older, propelled by a motor using petroleum fuel, steam or electricity or any combination thereof is considered an antique vehicle.

Antique military vehicle is a vehicle, regardless of the vehicle’s size or weight, which was manufactured for use in any country’s military forces and is maintained to represent its military design, except that an antique military vehicle shall not include a fully tracked vehicle.

If the antique vehicle has had any of its major component parts (engine and/or transmission; frame; body) replaced with parts from the same vintage, make and model vehicle it will still be considered an antique. Contact the Kansas Highway Patrol (KHP) if you have questions concerning if the replacement part(s) meet the same vintage, make and model requirement.

If any of the major component parts do not maintain the vehicle’s antique status it must be retitled and registered as regular vehicle. If a vehicle that is titled as antique is wrecked or damage and a major component part(s) is replaced, contact the KHP with any questions concerning if the vehicle is still qualified as an antique.

For antique vehicles having a model year of 1949 or before, the application together with a bill of sale for the antique vehicle or an assigned title shall be accepted as prima facie evidence that the applicant is the owner of the vehicle and the certificate of title shall be issued for such antique vehicle.

For antique vehicles having a model year of 1950 or after purchased on a bill of sale (from a Kansas or out of state seller) or on an out of state title, an inspection in accordance with subsection (a) of K.S.A. 8-116a, and amendments thereto, must be completed and an MVE-1 issued. Use the link to KHP above to contact the Highway Patrol concerning locations of inspection stations and hours of operation.

All vehicles, including antique vehicles regardless of the model year, purchased outside the State of Kansas must obtain an inspection in accordance with subsection (a) of K.S.A. 8-116a and amendments thereto and be issued an MVE-1.

Take the assigned title or bill of sale, the inspection receipt (pink copy of the MVE-1) if applicable, and proof of insurance, if also applying for registration, to your local county treasurer’s motor vehicle office to make application for an antique title and registration. If the vehicle is not roadworthy at the time of application, the owner may apply for an antique title only. Once the vehicle is restored/made roadworthy, return to the treasurer’s office and apply for antique registration only.

What are requirements for a motorized bicycle or scooter to be titled and registered?
A motorized bicycle manufactured in 1980 or after must have a 17-digit VIN conforming to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration requirements. There must also be a decal or plate attached with a statement that the motorized bicycle meets the Federal Safety Standards. If the motorized bicycle does not meet these requirements, it more than likely will be considered a “toy vehicle” which will not be titled or registered in Kansas and cannot be operated on public roadways within Kansas.

In addition, a motorized bicycle must meet the following requirements: have two tandem wheels or three wheels which may be propelled by either human power or helper motor, or by both, and which has all of the following:
(a)   A motor which produces not more than 3.5 brake horsepower*;
(b)   a cylinder capacity of not more than 130 cubic centimeters;
(c)   an automatic transmission; and
(d)   the capability of a maximum design speed of no more than 30 miles per hour.

If the vehicle does not satisfy these requirements, the Division will not title or register the vehicle in Kansas. If the vehicle exceeds any of the number values or has a manual transmission, it will be considered a motorcycle and will be titled and registered as such.

Does Kansas title boats or watercraft?  Boat trailers?
Kansas does not title boats or watercraft. Visit the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks to learn more about boat registration requirements in Kansas.

Boat trailers must be titled and registered if the gross operating weight* is 2,001 lbs or more. If the owner of a boat trailer, which is required to be titled, is going to sell or transfer ownership of the trailer which has never been titled, he or she must obtain a title in his or her name before selling or transferring ownership.

To obtain a title for the boat trailer the owner must complete a Vehicle/Motor Ownership Affidavit, form TR-90.

*Gross operating weight means the weight of the trailer and all load (boat, fuel, gear, etc) transported thereon.
If the boat trailer has a gross operating weight of 2,000 lbs. or less, title and registration is at the owner’s option. The trailer may be sold on a bill of sale.

What is the anticipated time frame for issuing titles that are being held in electronic format and have been released?
Fax:  If the title application has been completed and has been processed*, the lien release will be processed in approximately four to six days from the date it was received.

Electronic:  Lien release submitted electronically by lien holders that have a memorandum of understanding with the Division of Vehicles will be processed and in the mail on an average of three to five business days after being received, as long as the title record has been processed* and there are no outstanding errors.

County Treasurer’s Office:  Lien release submitted through the county treasurer’s office will be processed and in the mail on an average of three to five business days after the transaction date, as long as the title record has been processed* and there are no outstanding errors.

Walk-in:  Lien releases that are walked-in (hand delivered) to the Titles and Registrations Bureau in Topeka will be processed as they are received and the titles printed on demand, as long as the title record has been processed* and there are no outstanding errors.

NOTE:   The preferred method of submitting a lien release is electronically by lien holder or if not possible, through a county treasurer’s motor vehicle office. Lien releases may be faxed into the Titles and Registrations Bureau, but this is not the fastest method which is why it is not the preferred method.

*Processed means that the application for title and registration has been received by the Division of Vehicles in Topeka and that all required information was included and there were no errors or need for correction. If the application has not been processed and/or any errors or missing information has not been received by the division, the title will not be printed when the lien release is received.

Refer to the question, “How long does a lien holder have to provide a lien release?” to learn about the time requirements for lien holders to provide a release of lien.

Who must sign the title assignment or application for title and registration when there is "and", "and/or" and "or" between the owner names?
In Kansas, if there is more than one owner showing on the face of the title or as buyers on an assignment, the following number of signatures will be required when there is the connection between the names shown below:

  • And - All persons listed before and after the “and” must sign.
  • and/or - Either the person before or after the “&/or, and/or” can sign, only one signature required.
  • Or - Either the person before or after the “or” can sign. Only one signature is required.

Due to difficulties with other titling jurisdictions interpretation of “and/or” differently than that from Kansas, it is suggested that if you want only one person to be allowed to sign all transactions for a vehicle, the word “or” should be used between names.

The Kansas Division of Vehicle interprets two or more names with no connection between the names to be “and”, which will require all persons listed to sign as owner.

What is a "Branded" title?
A 7” X 8” Kansas title that contains a brand printed across the top between the border and the words “STATE OF KANSAS” is a branded title. The branding is a statement of a preexisting condition of the vehicle or title status. Kansas has the following brands on their title:  Repossession, Motor Exchange, Body Exchange, Specially Constructed (for assembled vehicle), Recreational Vehicle, Manufactured/Mobile Home, Duplicate, Secured, Reissued, Salvage, Rebuilt Salvage, Nonhighway and Formerly Nonhighway.

An 8.5” X 11” Kansas title will have the same message printed along the right side of the title just below the mileage and date information.

Kansas issues a special (pink color) title that denotes a vehicle as nonrepairable.

How long do I have to apply for title and registration on my new vehicle?
You must apply within 60 days of the date you purchased the vehicle.

After 60 days, a $2 late fee is added to the title fee. Autos, light trucks, motorcycles and RVs are assessed penalty and interest charges for personal property tax, and a late registration fee of $1 per month is assessed in addition to the title fee. Contact your local county treasurer’s motor vehicle office regarding monthly penalty and interest charges.

How long do I have after moving into Kansas to make application for a Kansas title and registration?
When a vehicle has been located in Kansas for up to 90 days or more, including frequent absences (leaving for weekends with the intent of returning) application for Kansas title and registration is required. This includes vehicles owned by someone outside of Kansas but have been loaned to someone in Kansas to use within this state. The person borrowing the vehicle will need a power of attorney form TR-41 from the owner to complete the application for title and registration.

The “owner’s name” on the title should appear as follows:
Owner’s Name
c/o Borrower’s Name
Borrower’s Street
Borrower’s City, KS ZIP

There is an error on the Kansas title that was issued to me. How do I have this corrected?
Take the title to a county treasurer's motor vehicle office and apply for a corrected title. If the title is electronic, take the title and registration receipt to the treasurer’s motor vehicle office. There is no fee at the time of application for a corrected title. The Titles and Registrations Bureau will research the error. If the error occurred at the county &/or the state, there is no fee for the correction. If the title was issued according to the paperwork submitted, a letter will be sent to the applicant requesting a title fee.

How do I add or remove a name as a vehicle owner for a lien-free vehicle title?
If paper title was previously issued, the title must be attached or the reason for a duplicate title must be marked on the title application, TR-200 or TR-212. The vehicle title record will be changed, and the owner will be issued a new registration receipt by the treasurer's motor vehicle office. A title fee will apply, along with any other appropriate fees or taxes. If there was no lien holder listed on the paper title or if a lien release is attached to the title application, a new paper title will be issued. If there is a lien on the paper title with no lien release attached, the new title will be held electronically until the lien is released. Transactions requesting or relying upon "duplicate titles" will be strictly scrutinzed by the State.

How do I add or remove a name as a vehicle owner for a vehicle with recorded lien(s)?
The lienholder must complete a TR-128, “Lienholder’s Consent to Transfer” to remove a name(s) (at least one of the original owners must stay on the title), or to add a spouse, father, mother, son or daughter, or to change a person’s name due to marriage or court order (legal document must also be attached to the title application). The TR-128 should be submitted to the county treasurer’s motor vehicle office, along with the registration receipt or verification showing the current lien and indicates that the title is being held in electronic format (etitle). A title fee will apply, along with any other appropriate fees or taxes.

How do I add a co-owner's name to a vehicle title?
Adding a name(s). Only an immediate family member (spouse, father, mother, son and/or daughter) can be added to a title. On the back of the title, use the purchaser’s name space to record ALL the names that are to appear on the new title. If there is a lien holder for the vehicle, a Lienholder’s Consent to Transfer Ownership, form TR-128, must be completed. If there is an etitle, use the assignment space on the bottom of the TR-128.

If you are adding any names that are not immediate family members, use the back of the title and complete the purchaser’s name space to record ALL the names that are to appear on the new title. If there is a lien holder for the vehicle, a Lienholder’s Consent to Transfer Ownership, form TR-128, must be completed. If there is an etitle, use the assignment space on the bottom of the TR-128. This is considered an original title application and all fees and taxes will be accessed.

How do I change the ownership field on a vehicle title to reflect an owner's name change?
If the owner's name change is due to marriage or court order, the county treasurer will require a copy of the marriage license or the court order.On the back of the title, use the purchaser’s name space to record ALL the names that are to appear on the new title. If there is a lien holder for the vehicle, a Lienholder’s Consent to Transfer Ownership, form TR-128, must be completed. If there is an etitle, use the assignment space on the bottom of the TR-128.

I have moved or will be moving to another state and need a Kansas title to submit so I can obtain title and registration in my new home state. How can I get my title when it is a Kansas electronic title and I have not paid off the lien?
Kansas cannot print a title with lien. However, the Kansas Division of Vehicles has established a procedure to assist Kansan’s that have moved to another state and the Kansas title is being held electronically. The owner(s) will need the lien holder AND the new state’s motor vehicle agency to complete a Request and Consent for Kansas Title to be Issued with Lien, form TR-42. Once both the lien holder and the new state’s motor vehicle agency complete their portion of the TR-42, fax the form to 785-296-2383. The Kansas title with the lien recorded on the face will be issued and mailed directly to the new state’s motor vehicle agency.

NOTE:   The Division of Vehicles has heard that there are a few states that allegedly will not complete the titling jurisdiction’s portion of the TR-42. The Kansas Division of Vehicles cannot issue titles with liens that go to the lien holder or owner. If a state refuses to complete the TR-42, there are only two alternatives: The current lien holder can release their lien, have the title mailed directly to them and then record their lien on the back of the Kansas title that is submitted to the new state; or payoff the lien by refinancing with a new lien holder in their new state.

Does Kansas require all trailers to be titled and/or registered?
Kansas law requires trailers to be titled and registered. There are three exceptions to the trailer titling/registration requirement.

The 3 exceptions are:

  1. Farm trailers hauling 6,000 lbs. or less are exempt from title and registration. Hauling weight means the weight of any load transported by the farm trailer and does not include the weight of the trailer itself.
  2. 2) Farm trailers used and designed for transporting hay or forage from a field to a storage area or from a storage area to a feedlot, which is only incidentally moved or operated upon the highways, except this exception does not apply to farm semitrailers; and
  3. Trailer with an operating weight of 2,000 lbs or less may be titled and registered at the owner’s option, they are not required to be titled and registered. Operating weight means the total weight of the trailer and any load transported thereon. A trailer meeting the 2,000 lbs. exemption may be sold on a bill of sale.

I purchased a vehicle in another state. What do I need to title and register in Kansas?
Here is a link to a web site that can direct you to any state’s DMV web page to research if a particular state does or does not title the vehicle: http://www.dmv-department-of-motor-vehicles.com/

If the state does issue a title, the title must be assigned from the owner(s) listed on the front of the title to the new purchaser(s) by using the assignment space on the title.

If the state does not title this type and/or age of vehicle, the owner will need to complete a bill of sale and attach a copy of the registration receipt (if vehicle is the type required to be registered in that state).

In either case, if a temporary permit is needed by a Kansas resident, it may be obtained in the state in which the vehicle is being purchased or from a local Kansas county treasurer’s motor vehicle office (present the assigned title and proof of insurance). The vehicle will need to be returned to Kansas in order to obtain a motor vehicle examination*, form MVE-1, from the Kansas Highway Patrol or their designee. Kansas residents out of Kansas but wanting to make application for a Kansas title and registration need to refer to the inspection question in these FAQ’s. The assigned out of state title and the MVE-1 or the completed TR-65 inspection will need to be submitted to your county treasurer’s motor vehicle office along with proof of insurance to make application for title and registration. Sales tax will be collected at the time of application.

*Motorized bicycles or scooters are not motor vehicles by statute (law), therefore an MVE-1 is not required nor is proof of insurance.

How do I make application for title for a vehicle or trailer that I just purchased or received as a gift?
The new owner of a vehicle or trailer (including ATV’s or work site utility vehicles) must make application for title and registration within 60 days of taking delivery of vehicle. The new owner(s) listed on the assignment as purchaser will need to take the assigned title, proof of insurance, and if purchased from a Kansas dealer, proof that sales tax was paid. If the vehicle or trailer was purchased from an individual or an out of state dealer proof of the purchase price will be required. This proof can be a bill of sale or the purchase price on the title assignment. For out of state dealers, a copy of the sales contract or agreement. If the vehicle is being given as a gift, an Affidavit of Fact, form TR-12, must be completed. If the assignment of title has the “purchase price” space in the assignment of title, write the word “gift” in this space. If the buyer and seller are related as child, parent, grandchild, or grandparent, an Affidavit of Relationship, form TR-215 can be completed and attached also. If the title was issued by another state, an MVE-1 inspection form must be obtained from the Kansas Highway Patrol or their designee. Take all of this paperwork to your local county treasurer’s motor vehicle office to make application for title and registration. If the owner wants to allow someone else to act on his or her behalf, a power of attorney will be required.

I've lost my title. How do I obtain a duplicate title?
If there is a lien holder on the title, a duplicate title application cannot be accepted at the county treasurer’s motor vehicle office nor will the Division of Vehicles issue a duplicate title as long as the lien holder is indicated on the vehicle’s computer record. To determine if there is a lien holder listed on the vehicle record look at the latest registration receipt issued for the vehicle or trailer. If there is a lien holder listed, a lien release will be required before the DofV will issue a duplicate title (it will be a reissued title to remove the lien holder from the computer record and the title).

If there is no lien holder for the vehicle, a duplicate title application can be completed at any county treasurer's motor vehicle office or by mail directly to the Titles and Registrations Bureau. You will need to complete the Application for Secured/Duplicate/Reissue Title, form TR-720B that includes the following information: vehicle year, make and identification number, owner's name(s) and the current odometer reading. Include appropriate title fee.

If the title was printed but not mailed to the lien holder or the lien holder does not have the title, you will need a lien release and make application for a “reissued” title that will remove the lien enabling a title to be printed.


Liens

What does etitle or paperless title mean?
The 2002 Kansas legislature authorized titles with a security interest (title with lien(s)) to be issued in electronic format (held by the division of vehicles as paperless or etitle), effective Jan. 1, 2003. The Kansas Division of Vehicles cannot issue a Kansas title for a Kansas resident, original or duplicate, that has a lien holder indicated on the vehicle’s computer record.

How do I add a second lien to my vehicle?
As of July 1, 2007, only heavy trucks registered for over 26,000 pounds or more and mobile or manufactured homes may have up to two liens recorded on the vehicle’s record.

All other vehicles (autos, motorcycles, motorized bicycles, trailers and trucks registered for 26,000 pounds or less can have only one lien on the vehicle’s record.

How do I apply for a secured title?
If you have a paper title in your possession, you will need to surrender it to the lien holder and complete and sign an application for secured title, form TR-720B.

The lien holder is responsible for submitting the title or the registration receipt along with the completed and signed application for secured title to the local county treasurer’s motor vehicle office. There is a title fee for this transaction.

How does a lien holder become part of the Kansas E-Lien program?
Please call the Kansas Division of Vehicles, Titles and Registrations Bureau at 785-296-3621 and ask the operator to talk with someone about signing up for the Kansas E-Lien Program.

Filing Notice of Security Interest
As of July 1, 2006, NSI’s must be filed within 30 days of date of purchase.

What is required to release a lien?
Lien releases completed on a separate document to be attached to a paper title or to release the lien from an electronic title (etitle) TR-150, must have all the following information:

  1. Vehicle year, make and the entire vehicle identification number (VIN);
  2. Name of the owner(s);
  3. Name of the lien holder;
  4. Statement that the lien is satisfied and is released;
  5. Signature of authorized agent of the lien holder and position or title with the lien holder;
  6. Name and address information where the title is to be mailed; and
  7. If the lien holder is located in a state that requires notarization, release must be notarized (seal, dated and signature of notary). The lien holder’s address on the title is the state for which notary requirements apply, not the requirements of the state that issued the title.
  8. The lien release form, TR-150, provided on the division’s web site is recommended.

Paper Title

If a paper title has been issued with a lien recorded on it, the lien release can be completed and notarized on the title it’s self or on a separate document. A lien release for a paper title is NOT to be faxed to the division or submitted to the county treasurer’s motor vehicle office.

Etitle

The lien release for an etitle can be submitted three different ways:

  • County Treasurer’s Motor Vehicle Office: Take or fax the properly completed lien release to any county treasurer’s motor vehicle office to make application for a lien release.
  • Electronically:  Lien holders that are members of the Kansas elien program can submit a lien release directly to the division for any vehicle for which they are listed as the lien holder and have received a confirmation number.
  • Fax: Fax the properly completed lien release to 785-296-2383.

How long does a lien holder have to provide a lien release?
On and after Jan. 1, 2007, when a lien has been paid off by cash, intra-bank transfer or wired funds, the lien is considered paid off (satisfied) as soon as the lien holder receipts the payment. The lien holder will then have three business days after the receipt of payment and a request for the release of the lien* to fully execute a release of lien and shall mail or deliver such release where directed by the person who requested the release.

When a lien holder receives payment in any other way (not cash, intra-bank transfer or wired funds) and a request for the release of lien*, the lien holder will within 10 business days after receipt of the payment fully execute a release of lien and shall deliver such release where directed by the person who requested the release.

If the lien holder fails to meet the requirement of the law, a complaint, form TR-156, can be file with the division, a hearing held and possible fines accessed. As of the writing of this answer the bill had not been assigned a statute number. Kansas statute KSA 8-1,157 is the law the addresses these requirements.

*The request form is, TR-155. Requestor’s are not required to use this form to make their request in writing, however, it does have details of the requirements that may be of interest to the lien holder and therefore result in a faster turn around.


Registration (License Plate)

Do military members who are returning from out of state deployment have a grace period for expired registration?
We have a form and memorandum. Please click here for the memorandum.

What will I owe to renew/title and register my vehicle?
Questions concerning fees and taxes can be answered by the county treasurer’s motor vehicle office where you reside or where the vehicle is garaged.

I have not received my registration renewal notice.
If you are going to renew in person, a renewal notice is not necessary. To renew the registration you will need to take the license plate number and proof of insurance for each vehicle being renewed with you to the county treasurer's motor vehicle office.

If you are going to renew by mail or via the Internet and did not receive a renewal notice, you can call the Titles and Registrations Bureau 785-296-3621, press three, and then press two for the County Support Team. Information you will need before you call the Titles and Registrations Bureau: the owner's name(s), year, make, VIN and the license plate number for each vehicle needing to be renewed.

IMPORTANT REMINDER:  You will need to exhibit proof of insurance to the treasurer. The proof of insurance must have: the name of the insurance company, the policy number, name of the vehicle owner, the effective and expiration date of the coverage, the year, make and VIN for the vehicle being renewed. You will need proof of insurance for each vehicle. If a trailer does not have its own coverage, the trailer will use the insurance of the vehicle that will be towing the trailer.

I need to change my address for my registration (license plate).
To change your address for your registration, go to your local county treasurer’s motor vehicle office. The renewal notice will be mailed to you.

I noticed on my registration renewal that there is a lien holder listed on my receipt.How can I remove the lien holder if I have paid of the debt?
Information printed on the face of the last Kansas title issued (paper title) is reflected on the registration receipt. To remove the lien holder’s name from the title and the registration receipt, a reissued title must be applied for at a county treasurer's motor vehicle office. Take the title and the release of lien with you to the treasurer's office and make application for a reissued title and pay the title fee.

When is proof of insurance required and what is needed as proof of insurance?
Proof of insurance is required to be presented when a vehicle registration (license plate) is issued or renewed.

Proof of insurance can be the original or copy of the insurance coverage and must have:

Individuals or Small Business: The name of the insurance company, the policy number, name of the owner, the effective and expiration date of the coverage, the year, make and VIN for the vehicle. You will need proof of insurance for each vehicle.

If the vehicle is newly acquired and you are transferring the license plate from a vehicle you traded in or recently sold, you may use the proof of insurance from the vehicle which was traded in or recently sold. (Recently means within the last 30 days.)

If the vehicle is newly acquired and you are NOT transferring a license plate you will need a binder from your insurance agent. The binder will need the name of the insurance company, name of the owner, the effective and expiration date of the coverage, the year, make and VIN for the vehicle, and policy number if available.

Fleet or commercial vehicles: The name of the insurance company, the policy number, name of the owner, the effective and expiration date of the coverage, and a reference that the coverage is for fleet or commercial vehicles.

Can I renew my vehicle registration (license plate) on the Internet?
Yes, you may renew registration via the Internet through the Division's website, www.kswebtags.org. You will need your PIN/Access code number from your renewal notice and a credit card (Visa, Master Card, Discover or American Express) or electronic check/debit card to pay your property taxes and registration renewal fees. Your insurance company must be participating with the Kansas Division of Vehicles to verify insurance coverage.

If you do not have a way to make the payment electronically or if your insurance company is not participating, you will need to renew your registration by mail or in person at your local county treasurer’s motor vehicle office.

How can I find the name of an owner associated with a tag number?
This is referred to as verification. You must complete a "Request for Access to Vehicle Records" form, TR/DL-302, and pay a fee of $10; payable to Division of Vehicles. Mail your request to Titles and Registration Bureau, 915 SW Harrison st., Docking State Office Building 1st floor Rm. 159, Topeka, KS 66626-0001. Depending on the basis for your request, you may or may not be elgible to receive such information about a third party.

How do I get a refund for my registration?
To obtain a refund for your registration and property tax on autos and light trucks, take the license plate and registration receipt to the local county treasurer's motor vehicle office in the county in which the vehicle is registered and apply for a refund. You will need your Social Security or a Federal Employment Identification Number (FEIN) when applying for a refund.

I have not received my sticker/decal for my license plate yet.
Expiration stickers/decals are issued by the county treasurer's motor vehicle office.

Please contact your local treasurer office if you have renewed online or if you have mailed in your registration renewal but have not received your new decal.

How do I order a Kansas college license plate?
Click here for a list of links to educational institution sites authorizing the use of their logos on distinctive license plates.

How do I get a Disabled Parking Plate/Placard?
You will need a Certification of Disability for Disabled Parking Placard and/or Plate, form TR-159, completed and signed by a Healing Arts Licensed Professional (doctor). Instructions and information concerning obtaining a disabled parking placard and/or plate are on the form, TR-159. Take or mail this completed form to the local county treasurer's motor vehicle office to make application for a disabled parking placard and/or plate. You may have up to two disabled parking devices (one license plate and one placard or two placards). There is no fee for the placard(s) or identification (ID) card.

How many disabled parking placards and plates can I have?
Kansas statute, KSA 8-1,125, states that a permanently disabled individual may have one disabled plate and one disabled parking placard, or two disabled parking placards and NO disabled parking plate. Statutes do not allow for the issuance of two disabled parking plates.


Buying or Selling a Vehicle

I am about to purchase a new vehicle, or I have just purchased a new vehicle.What paperwork will I need get the title in my name?
Paperwork needed to apply for title and registration: Title or manufacturer's certificate of origin (MCO/MSO) for the vehicle with the assignment of title from the seller to the buyer completed; proof of insurance; if the vehicle was purchased from an individual and there is no "purchase price" space on the assignment of title or it was not filled in, a bill of sale is needed and sales tax will be collected; if the vehicle was purchased from a Kansas dealer, the sales tax receipt must be submitted; if the vehicle was purchased from an out-of-state dealer, a copy of the sales invoice is required and sales tax will be collected. If the person submitting the application for title and registration is not listed on the assignment of title as an owner, a power of attorney from a person listed as a purchaser on the assignment of title must be presented. If the title for the vehicle was issued by another state (not a Kansas title), the vehicle and the title must be taken to a motor vehicle inspection station and be examined and a motor vehicle examination (MVE-1) issued before making application for title and registration. The pink copy of the MVE-1 must be submitted to the treasurer's motor vehicle office. Contact your county treasurer’s motor vehicle office or the Kansas Highway Patrol to find the time and location of the inspection station nearest you. A manual title application, form TR-212, may be completed and taken with the above documentation to the county treasurer's motor vehicle office.

I sold my vehicle and I want my name removed from vehicle record.
To have your name removed as vehicle owner from the vehicle record after the title has been assigned and delivered to the new owner, a Seller's Notification of Sale, form TR-216 may be completed and submitted to the Titles and Registrations Bureau along with the required fee listed on the current form.

To ensure that you have proof of transfer of ownership, you can make a copy of the front and back of the title after it has been assigned.

When you transfer or surrender the registration (license plate), in the county treasurer’s motor vehicle office, the record for the disposed vehicle showing your name as owner will no longer be the current ownership record and you will not need to file a Seller’s Notification of Sale form.

Always remove the license plate(s) from a vehicle or trailer you have sold or disposed of by assigning the title.

I bought a vehicle less than three days ago, can I take it back? Does Kansas have a lemon law?
Both of these questions need to be addressed to the Kansas Attorney General Consumer Protection Division. The phone numbers are 785-296-3751; Fax 785-291-3699; Consumer Hotline 800-432-2310; No Call List Registration: 888-382-1222.

What do I do when buying a vehicle and the seller does not have the title?
If you are buying the vehicle from a Kansas seller who does not have the title, ask to see the Kansas registration receipt for the vehicle. If there is no lien holder information listed on the receipt, the seller will need to obtain a duplicate title in order to make the assignment of title.

If the registration receipt shows the word “ETITLE” to the right and slightly above the owner’s name and there is information listed in the lien holder area of the receipt, then the seller will not have a title to assign to a buyer until the lien is released. The buyer and seller will need to reach an agreement of how the purchase price is to be paid so that the lien holder will provide the release. Once the division receives the lien release, a title will be issued and mailed to the address indicated on the lien release.

When the title is an etitle, the seller can follow the instructions to complete and deliver to the buyer an Electronic Sales Agreement, form TR-39a. The buyer can then take the TR-39a along with proof of insurance, to a county treasurer’s motor vehicle office and obtain a temporary registration (30-day permit). The buyer cannot make application for title in his or her name until the actual title has been assigned.

If the seller will not be available to assign the title once it has been issued, the seller can complete and deliver to the buyer a Power of Attorney and Odometer Disclosure for Electronic Title, form TR-40*. The lien holder will need to add the buyer’s address to the lien release as the “mail to address”. Once the buyer receives the title, he or she can complete the assignment of title, attach the TR-40 and make application for title.

*If the buyer is titling the vehicle in another state, check with that state’s motor vehicle agency to be certain they will honor the TR-40. If they will not accept the TR-40, then a Secure Power of Attorney can be used instead. A Secure Power of Attorney may be obtained from a Kansas franchise (new) vehicle dealer or a Kansas used vehicle dealer, and there will be a fee.

What do I do when I want to sell my vehicle to an individual and my title is being held electronically?
The owner/seller should provide the buyer with the current registration receipt showing the lien holder’s information. In the event that the seller does not have their registration receipt, obtain a duplicate receipt from either the county treasurer or division of vehicles (fee is 50¢). Duplicate registrations may only be obtained if the vehicle has a current, valid registration. Vehicles that have an expired registration, salvage or non-highway status will require verification. Verifications may be obtained from the Titles and Registrations Bureau, local county treasurer or ordered online at http://www.kansas.gov/services/, select “Motor Vehicle Records”. If the registration receipt or verification does not show a lien, the owner/seller may obtain a duplicate title through the normal process. The seller and buyer should complete a TR-39a, “Electronic Title Sales Agreement”. The buyer may present the sellers current registration receipt or verification with the completed TR-39a and proof of insurance to their local county treasurer’s office, to obtain a 30-day permit.

The seller must secure a lien release and provide a clear title to the buyer within 30 days.

Refer to the question, “How Long Does the Lien Holder have to Provide a Lien Release?” concern how long it will be before the lien release may be received.

The seller must record the following information on the assignment of title:

  1. The name(s) of the buyer and his &/or her address;
  2. The name and address of the lien holder, if applicable (on 8½” X 11” Kansas title, the buyer is to record their lien);
  3. The odometer reading and status (Vehicles over 10 years old and trucks registered for 20M or more are exempt from status. Kansas requires a mileage reading regardless of vehicle type or age.);
  4. The purchase price;
  5. Date of sale: On the titles with a space for the notary, use the space where the notary recorded to date of the notarization; on newer titles without the notary space, used the space marked, “Vehicle was sold and delivered on”;
  6. Owner/seller must to sign and hand print his and/or her name, (see below)

If there is more than one owner showing on the front of the title the following number of signatures will be required when there is the following connection between the names:

  • And - All persons listed before and after the “and” must sign.
  • &/or - Either the person before or after the “&/or, and/or” can sign, only one signature required.
  • Or - Either the person before or after the “or” can sign, only one signature required.

The buyer must record the following information on the assignment of title or reassignment:
On Aug. 25, 2006 Kansas began issuing an 8.5” X 11” title. The title assignment and reassignment require the buyer to complete this portion of the assignment, regardless of the vehicle’s age or type.

Buyer must to sign and hand print his and/or her name, (see below)

If there is more than one buyer showing as the purchaser of the title the following number of signatures will be required when there is the following connection between the names:

  • And - All persons listed before and after the “and” must sign as buyer.
  • &/or - Either the person before or after the “&/or” can sign as buyer, only one signature required.
  • Or - Either the person before or after the “or” can sign as buyer, only one signature required.

I just bought a vehicle and the seller did not give me the title and/or there is insufficient information on the assignment of title, how do I fix the problem if the seller is unavailable?
If the seller does not give the buyer a properly assigned title and cannot be located, the buyer must consult with an attorney and go to court to obtain a court order authorizing the Kansas Department of Revenue to title the vehicle in the name of the petitioner (quiet title action).

I'm selling my vehicle to a person that responded to my newspaper ad. He or she does not want me to write their name on the assignment as the new purchaser. They're telling me they will write it in later. Is this okay to do?
No. Never deliver or accept a title that is not completely and properly assigned. It is a violation of Kansas law to fail to show complete chain of ownership of the title.

What do I do when I want to trade in a vehicle to a dealer and do not have the title?
The dealer should ask for the current registration receipt from the customer. In the event that the customer does not have their registration receipt, they should be instructed to obtain a duplicate receipt from either the county treasurer or division of vehicles (fee is 50 cents). Duplicate registrations may only be obtained if the vehicle has a current, valid registration. Vehicles that have either an expired registration, has salvage or a non-highway status will require verification.Verifications may be obtained from the Titles and Registrations Bureau, local county treasurer or http://www.kansas.gov/services/, select “Motor Vehicle Records”. If the registration receipt does not show a lien, the customer or dealer may obtain a duplicate title through the normal process.However, if the registration indicates there is a lien on the vehicle, the dealer should have the seller complete a secure power of attorney, provide a registration receipt or vehicle verification before accepting the vehicle as a trade.With these documents, the dealer may obtain the lien release and subsequent title to resell the vehicle. It is important to remember that if a dealer is making a payoff on behalf of a customer for a vehicle they have taken in trade, explicit instructions should be provided to the bank or lienholder so that the title, or lien release will be faxed directly to the county treasurer or the Division of Vehicles.

Refer to the question, “How Long Does the Lien Holder have to Provide a Lien Release?” concerning requirements about how long they have to provide a lien release.


Salvage, Nonhighway, Nonrepairable, Rebuilt Salvage and Formerly Nonhighway

I have just repaired a vehicle that had been wrecked and the title has salvage brand on it. Can I have this phrasing removed since the vehicle has been repaired?
No. Once a vehicle's title has been branded as salvage or nonhighway, all succeeding titles will reflect this condition while titled in Kansas.

Refer to the question concerning inspections in these FAQ’s.

Why does a vehicle get classified as nonrepairable, salvage, nonhighway and rebuilt salvage?
The definitions of salvage, rebuilt salvage, and nonhighway are in KSA 8-197 and the definition of nonrepairable is in KSA 8-135c.

An insurance company may declare a vehicle as salvage or nonrepairable at a point before the damage has met the statutory requirements of a salvage or nonrepairable vehicle. The salvage or nonrepairable requirements in the statutes are the points at which a vehicle must be designated as salvage or nonrepairable.

What do I need to do to obtain a license plate for the vehicle titled as salvage or nonhighway?
After the vehicle is repaired (salvage vehicle) or insurance has been obtained (nonhighway vehicle), take the vehicle to Kansas Highway Patrol motor vehicle inspection station have it inspected and issued an motor vehicle examination (MVE-1). Take the salvage or non-highway title, the MVE-1 and proof of insurance to the county treasurer’s motor vehicle office and make application for a rebuilt salvage or formerly nonhighway title. Contact the county treasurer’s motor vehicle office or Kansas Highway Patrol concerning the location and hours of operation of the inspection station.

The rebuilt salvage or formerly nonhighway title will be issued reflecting the reason the vehicle was originally branded.

I just purchased a vehicle in another state and the seller assigned to me a nonrepairable or junk certificate or certificate of destruction, etc. Can I repair the vehicle and obtain a title and registration in Kansas?
No. Vehicles that are titled as nonrepairable, junk, destruction, etc., are to be used as parts only or scrap vehicles. These vehicles are not to be sold as complete units (all in one piece) and you cannot apply for any type of title or registration in Kansas. If the titling jurisdiction (state) that issued the ownership document allows for the vehicle to be repaired and returned to roadworthy operation, that state will have to issue a title (salvage or rebuilt salvage) before making application for a Kansas rebuilt salvage certificate of title and registration.

This is an increasingly occurring problem with vehicles purchased over the internet. It is strongly recommended that before paying for a vehicle you use one of the internet services that provide a complete vehicle history. If this is not possible, request the seller to fax or email you an image of the front and back of the title. If no title is available, request the seller to obtain a vehicle history from the state in which the vehicle is currently title and/or registered. The name of the owner on the history should be the name of the person from which you are purchasing the vehicle to help insure it is a current record.

Can I title a Kansas nonhighway, salvage or nonrepairable titled vehicle in another state?
A nonhighway or salvage vehicle titled on a Kansas nonhighway or salvage title can be titled in any other state once you comply with that state’s requirement for making a salvage or nonhighway vehicle legible for registration (repaired, restored, made roadworthy, etc).

NOTE: A Kansas nonrepairable vehicle issued a nonrepairable vehicle certificate is not to be titled nor registered ever again in Kansas or any other titling jurisdiction. Kansas will not remove the nonrepairable designation nor ever register the vehicle again.

What is the procedure for changing from nonhighway to formerly nonhighway, or salvage to rebuilt salvage, when the Kansas title is being held in electronic format?
When changing from nonhighway to formerly nonhighway, or from salvage to rebuilt salvage, the owner must obtain a motor vehicle examination (MVE-1) from the Kansas Highway Patrol (KHP). At the KHP inspection station, the owner will present the registration receipt, or verification indicating the title has a current lien and is being held in electronic format (etitle). Upon completion of the inspection, the owner will take the MVE-1 and registration receipt* or verification to their local county treasurer’s motor vehicle office and apply for a rebuilt salvage or formerly nonhighway title, which ever is appropriate. If the vehicle is going to be registered (tagged), proof of insurance will also be required. There is a title fee for this transaction. Registration and/or property taxes may also be due.

To convert an electronic title to either nonhighway or salvage status, the owner must fill out a Salvage, Nonhighway or Nonrepairable Vehicle Affidavit, form TR-13, and submit it along with their registration receipt*, or verification, to the county treasurer’s motor vehicle office. There is a title fee for this transaction.

*A duplicate registration receipt can be obtained at the county treasurer’s motor vehicle office for 50 cents.

What is the procedure for changing from nonhighway to formerly nonhighway, or salvage to rebuilt salvage, when the out-of-state title is being held in electronic format?
The out-of-state salvage or rebuilt salvage title must be in the owner’s name or assigned from the owner(s) listed on the front of the title to the new purchaser(s) by completing the assignment of title area on the title.

A temporary permit can be issued only for a vehicle that is currently titled as rebuilt salvage. It must be obtained in the state where the rebuilt salvage vehicle is purchased. Once the vehicle is returned to Kansas, a motor vehicle examination, form MVE-1, from the Kansas Highway Patrol must be obtained regardless if the title is salvage or rebuilt salvage. Kansas residents who are out of Kansas who want to apply for a Kansas title and registration must refer to the inspection question in these FAQs. The assigned out-of-state salvage or rebuilt salvage title and MVE-1 or out-of-state inspection must be submitted to your county treasurer’s motor vehicle office, along with proof of insurance, to apply for title and registration. Sales tax will be collected at time of application.

Am I able to secure a Kansas title for an out of state titled vehicle that has a nonrepairable or junk brand?
No. Out of state vehicles titled with a nonrepairable or junk certificate or certificate of destruction, etc, will not be inspected by the Kansas Highway Patrol and will not be issued any type of certificate of title by the Kansas Division of Vehicles. This vehicle cannot be sold as a unit (complete vehicle) and is only to be used as a source of parts or scrap.

After my vehicle was wrecked and designed as salvage by the insurance company, I kept it as part of the insurance settlement. It is now operational, but I have not applied for the salvage title. How do I start the process of titling the vehicle as salvage and then retitling it as rebuilt salvage?
Before making application for the salvage title, complete a Salvage, Non-Highway or Non-Repairable Affidavit form TR-13. Take the completed TR-13 and the current title, or the registration receipt if there is a lien on the vehicle and the title is being held electronically, to your county treasurer’s motor vehicle office and make application for the salvage title. At the same time when making application for the salvage title you will also need to obtain an Inspection (One Day) Permit so you can drive the vehicle to the inspection station (once you have applied for the salvage title, you cannot operate the vehicle on the roadways with license plates, only the inspection permit).

Take the vehicle and the salvage title application receipt to the Kansas Highway Patrol for a rebuilt salvage inspection and obtain an MVE-1 and have the rebuilt salvage decal affixed to the vehicle. Take the MVE-1, proof of insurance and the salvage title application receipt back to the county treasurer’s motor vehicle office and make application for a rebuilt salvage title. This may all be done on the same day.


Manufactured / Mobile Home

Does a non-affixed manufactured home or mobile home need to be titled?
Yes, non-affixed manufactured homes and mobile homes are required to be titled as per K.S.A. 58-4204.

How do I transfer ownership of a non-affixed manufactured home or mobile home in Kansas?
Manufactured and mobile homes are required to be titled as per KSA 58-4204.

To transfer ownership, the manufacturer’s certificate/statement of origin (MSO) (for new homes) or the title for the manufactured or mobile home must be assigned to the new owner (for used homes). The seller must complete all information on the assignment except for the buyer’s printed name and signature.

If the seller does not have a title for the manufactured or mobile home he or she will need to obtain the title before transferring ownership. An owner of a manufactured or mobile home with a model year of 1979 or older may use the Vehicle/Motor Ownership Affidavit, form TR-90, and proof property taxes current as proof of ownership, if there is no record of the manufactured home being previously title in Kansas.

If the manufactured home is a model year of 1980 or newer and there is no MSO assigned to the applicant or title in the name of the seller, a court order (quiet title) will be needed in order to obtain the title.

A mobile or manufactured home cannot be sold on a bill of sale.

New Manufactured (Mobile) Homes / House Trailers are required to pay sales tax. Sales tax will be based on 60 percent of the purchase price prior to any trade in allowance. Used Mobile Homes / House Trailers are exempt from paying sales tax.

I am planning on permanently affixing my manufactured home or mobile home to real property. Will the manufactured or mobile home be considered real property by the Division of Vehicles if the home is permenently affixed?
Yes, the Division will consider the homes to be real property if; 1) the home has been permentatly affixed, and 2) the pre-existing title has been terminated pursuant to K.S.A 58-4214 and Division Form Tr-163. If the owner and lienholder, if applicable, agree to eliminate the title, and the above requirements have been met, the manufactured or mobile home will be considered real property.


Off Road Vehicles

What are the requirements of owning and operating an all terrain vehicle (ATV) in Kansas?
In Kansas, an ATV (defined in KSA 8-126(bb)) must be titled as nonhighway due to the ATV not being not manufactured for street use. An ATV being sold or traded-in must be titled in the name of the person(s) selling the ATV. The buyer will have 30 days from date of purchase (date of title assignment) to apply for nonhighway title in his or her name. Any one who owned an ATV on June 30, 1996 does not have to obtain a nonhighway until they are going to transfer ownership.

It is unlawful for any person to operate an all-terrain vehicle: (1) On any interstate highway, federal highway or state highway; or (2) within the corporate limits of any city unless authorized by such city. Check with the city officials as to if your community has authorized the operation of ATV's.

What are the requirements of owning and operating a work site utility vehicle (AKA: John Deere Gator, Kawasaki Mule, etc) in Kansas?
In Kansas, a work-site utility vehicle (defined in KSA 8-126(hh)) must be titled as nonhighway due to the work-site utility vehicle not being manufactured for street use. A work-site utility vehicle being sold or traded-in must be titled in the name of the person(s) selling the work-site utility vehicle. The buyer will have 30 days from date of purchase (date of title assignment) to apply for nonhighway title in his or her name. Any one who owned a work-site utility vehicle on June 30, 2006 does not have to obtain a nonhighway until they are going to transfer ownership.

It is unlawful for any person to operate a work-site utility vehicle: (1) On any interstate highway, federal highway or state highway; or (2) within the corporate limits of any city unless authorized by such city. Check with the city officials as to if your community has authorized the operation of work-site utility vehicle.

What are the requirements of owning and operating a micro utility truck (AKA: Japanese mini truck) in Kansas?
In Kansas, a micro utility truck (defined in KSA 8-126(ii)) must be titled as nonhighway due to the micro utility truck not being manufactured for street use. A micro utility truck being sold or traded-in must be titled in the name of the person(s) selling the micro utility truck. The buyer will have 30 days from date of purchase (date of title assignment) to apply for nonhighway title in his or her name.

It is unlawful for any person to operate a micro utility truck: (1) On any interstate highway, federal highway or state highway; or (2) within the corporate limits of any city unless authorized by such city. Check with the city officials as to if your community has authorized the operation of micro utility truck.

Does Kansas title and register golf carts?
Kansas does not title or register golf carts.

However, low speed vehicles (LSV) are titled and registered in Kansas and LSV’s can be accessorized to be used as golf carts. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration has a web site that defines the requirements a LSV must meet.

Kansas statute KSA 8-1488 defines a low-speed vehicle to means any four-wheeled electric vehicle whose top speed is greater than 20 miles per hour but not greater than 25 miles per hour and is manufactured in compliance with the national highway and traffic safety administration standards for low-speed vehicles in 49 C.F.R. 571.500.

The manufacturer’s certificate/statement of origin (MCO/MSO) must have the verbiage that the vehicle meets the LSV requirements and is roadworthy.


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