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Registering Vehicles from Out of State
New Residents
Registration is required within 90 days of the date of establishing a Kansas residence. Some examples that may make you a Kansas resident for purposes of registration are:
  • Own, lease, or rent a place of residence for more than 90 days
  • Have a place of residence and accept employment
  • Register to vote
  • Enroll child(ren) in the school district, unless you are paying out-of-state tuition


What to Bring
Proof of Ownership

If you are a new resident who is licensing a vehicle that you have brought in from another state, a VIN inspection by the Kansas Highway Patrol may be required to register the vehicle in Kansas.  All vehicles coming in to Kansas on a title issued by any other state than Kansas must have a VIN inspection by the Kansas Highway Patrol. The cost is $20.00 in cash, $25 for vehicles with a salvage branding on the title.

If you have the vehicle’s title in-hand, you need to bring in the title, the vehicle inspection, the current registration from the previous state, and current proof of insurance. The person who is named on the title is the only person who can register the vehicle unless a completed Power of Attorney (TR-41) is brought in by the Power of Attorney designee with the appropriate documents. If two names appear on the title with “and/or” or “or” between the names, only one person has to come in. If two names are on the title with “and,” or no words between them whatsoever, both persons must come in.

If you do not have the physical title because the lienholder of that state retains it until the lien has been satisfied, ask your lienholder to fax a copy of the front and back of the title to either Butler County Motor Vehicle Office. You will then need to bring your out-of-state registration and your current  insurance card for that vehicle. We will then do a one-time courtesy registration. A letter will be sent to the lienholder stating the vehicle is now registered in Kansas with the lienholder still listed with an active lien and a request that the original title be sent directly to the Butler County Motor Vehicle Department. The vehicle’s registration will not be able to be renewed until the original title is received from the lienholder & the vehicle has been inspected by the Kansas Highway Patrol. 

Kansas Highway Patrol ID Verification
A Kansas Highway Patrol ID Verification (MVE-1) is required of vehicles with out-of-state titles. The inspection shows that the identification number on your vehicle matches the one on its title. This procedure is done to make sure the vehicle is not stolen.

Fee $20.00 CASH or $25.00 for salvage VIN Inspection
Times and Locations

Butler County Courthouse
205 W Central
El Dorado, KS 67042
Wednesday 9:00am-12:00pm
Fax:316-320-7965
Phone:316-322-4200

Western Office
(Next to Augusta Airport)
4800 W Beech Dr Suite 10
Augusta, KS 67010
Monday 8:30 am-12:00pm
Fax:316-733-5334
Phone:316-733-9781

Sedgwick County Offices
Phone:316-660-9110

Main Office
200 W Murdock
Mon-Friday 8:30am-3:30pm
Fax:316-262-4761

Brittany Center
2120 N Woodlawn #320
Tuesday 8:30am-1:00pm
Fax:316-687-0441

Chadsworth
2330 N Maize Rd Suite 1100
Thursday 8:30am-1:00pm
Fax:316-729-9288

Derby
212 W Greenway Suite 14
Tuesday 8:30am-1:00pm
Fax:316-788-0748


Proof of Insurance
Everyone will be required to show proof of insurance on all motor vehicle transactions. State law requires that each vehicle carry an insurance card with the following elements as proof of insurance:

  • Name of insurer
  • Name of insured
  • Policy number
  • Effective date and expiration date to include current date
  • Vehicle description including VIN

Kansas law requires that you carry no-fault liability insurance on any vehicle except a motorized bicycle. The insurance company must be a Kansas Approved Insurance Company.

Odometer Disclosure Statement
Per Federal Law the current mileage at the time of sale must be disclosed by the seller on the odometer section of the title assignment for vehicles less than 10 years of age.


Sales Tax Receipt
A sales tax receipt is required if you have purchased the vehicle from a Kansas motor vehicle dealer. Effective July 1, 2002, if the vehicle is purchased in a taxing jurisdiction that has a lower sales tax rate than the jurisdiction where the person lives, the difference in sales tax will be collected at the Butler County Motor Vehicle Office at the time of titling and registering the vehicle.

If you purchased the vehicle from an individual or out of state dealer, you will need to bring in a bill of sale. You must pay sales tax at the current rate where you reside.

Payment

Acceptable forms of payment are cash, check, credit card, money order, and cashier's check. There is a convenience fee retained by the credit card processing company if using a debit or credit card & the person whose name is on the front of the card must be present in order to sign the receipt