If you have the title, 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. All vehicles coming in to Kansas on a title issued by any other state than Kansas must undergo a VIN inspection by the Kansas Highway Patrol. The cost is $20.00 in cash, $25.00 for vehicles with a salvage branding on the title.
If you do not have the physical title because your lienholder 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. Have the vehicle inspected by the Kansas highway patrol and get a MVE-1 certificate from them. You will then need to bring your MVE-1 certificate, the 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.
If you do not have the physical title because the title is held electronically by the last titling state due to a lien having been applied to the vehicle's title you will need to provide proof that the title is held electronically by that state. The proof of electronic titling should be on "official letterhead" and have at least the following information on the same page: name of owner(s), lienholder's name, VIN, vehicle's year and make, state in which the title is held electronically held, date the vehicle was titled, and an indication of some sort that the title is held electronically by that state. Some states' vehicle registrations include this information while sometimes the previous titling state needs to fax in verification of an electronically held title.