License Plates

Moving In-State
A new Kansas resident must register vehicles within 90 days of establishing residency. Examples of residency:
  • Own, lease, or rent a place of domicile for more than 90 days
  • Have a place of domicile and accept employment
Individual(s) must apply for registration in person. In addition, if the names of the owners on the title are connected by “and”, then both parties must be present, unless, power of attorney has been given.

Necessary to Register Vehicle
  • Current out-of-state title. If coming from a title-holding state, lien holder must fax a copy of the front and back of the title to the Motor Vehicle Office
  • MVE-1 inspection by the Kansas Highway Patrol
  • Proof of insurance, effective January 1, 2000, there are new insurance requirements
New Vehicle Purchase
Necessary for registration / licensing:
  • Properly assigned Manufacture Statement of Origin
  • If purchased from a Kansas dealer, a sales tax receipt is required. If purchased from an individual or an out-of-state dealer, a bill of sale is necessary
  • Proof of insurance, effective January 1, 2000, there are new insurance requirements
Used Vehicle Purchase
Necessary for registration / licensing:
  • Properly assigned title
  • If purchased from a Kansas dealer, a sales tax receipt is required. If purchased from an individual or an out-of-state dealer, a bill of sale is necessary
  • Odometer Disclosure Statement
  • MVE-1 inspection by the Kansas Highway Patrol, if out-of-state title
  • All liens must be released
  • Proof of insurance, effective January 1, 2000 there are new insurance requirements
New Vehicle Transfer
Plate transfer is applicable if the disposed / sold vehicle is replaced by another motor vehicle. Necessary for registration / licensing:
  • Current registration from the disposed vehicle
  • Name of buyer of disposed vehicle
  • Assignment of name on new title must match name on disposed vehicle registration
  • Properly assigned Manufacture Statement of Origin
  • If purchased from a Kansas dealer, a sales tax receipt is required. If purchased from an individual or an out-of-state dealer, a bill of sale is necessary
  • Proof of insurance, effective January 1, 2000, there are new insurance requirements.
Used Vehicle Transfer
Necessary for registration / licensing:
  • If purchased from a Kansas dealer, a sales tax receipt is required. If purchased from and individual or an out-of-state dealer, a bill of sale is necessary
  • Current registration from the disposed vehicle
  • Name of buyer of disposed vehicle
  • Assignment of name on new title must match name on disposed vehicle registration
  • Properly assigned title
  • Odometer Disclosure Statement
  • MVE-1 inspection by the Kansas Highway Patrol, if out-of-state title
  • All liens must be released
  • Proof of insurance, effective January 1, 2000, there are new insurance requirements
If there is a place for the purchase price on the back of the title, then you do not need the Odometer Disclosure Statement or the bill of sale.

Renewals
The following can be mailed or hand carried to the Motor Vehicle Office. One check is acceptable for payment.
  • Renewal notice from the State of Kansas, bearing a registered owner’s signature (effective July 1, 2011, registered owner's signature is not required to renew a registration)
  • Proof of insurance - new insurance requirements effective January 1, 2000
If renewing by mail, a renewal decal will be mailed back from the registrar. This decal must be placed over the previous renewal year on the plate. Keep the registration paper and proof of insurance in vehicle.

Other License Plates

  • College, antique, disabled, combat wounded, veterans, and personalized plates
  • Handicap placards
  • Temporary tags (60 days)
  • Tag refunds