BUYING AND SELLING VEHICLES
When a vehicle's ownership is transferred from one person to another, the back of the old title form must be completed and properly assigned before licensing can take place. If a lien is shown, a properly signed/notarized release of lien is required. You are mailed a new title by the state after you register the vehicle in your name, if there is no lien on the vehicle. If a lien is reflected on the title application, the state will hold the title as an E-Title until the lien has been satisfied.
If the ownership is being transferred between immediate, lineal, family members, sales tax is not required and you are liable only for the registration fee and property taxes due on the vehicle. Lineal ascendants or descendants are: grandfather, grandmother, father, mother, son, daughter, adopted child, step child, grandchild, and the spouses of any of these. A brother, sister, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew does not qualify for this exemption. The signatures of both parties must be on a state affidavit available at the Motor Vehicle office.
Special paperwork may be required by state law however, if the transfer is occurring because of death, divorce or marriage. For more information, call the Motor Vehicle Department office.
Transferring a License Plate
If you are an established resident, you may transfer a valid license plate from an old to a new vehicle for the remainder of your licensing period. To be eligible to make the transfer, you must sell or trade your old vehicle within 60 days of buying the new one. You also must get a 60-day permit from a Kansas motor vehicle dealer or the Motor Vehicle Department to drive the new vehicle while you are waiting to dispose of the old one.
When making out the paperwork to license your new vehicle, be sure your name is exactly the same as on your old title, see 'when to license' regarding joint owners. If a spouse, son or daughter is being added, they must be present to sign the application or you must have a power of attorney from them. In addition to that paperwork, you need to bring to the Motor Vehicle Department the current registration from your old vehicle.
To make the transfer, the current registration is needed from the sold vehicle. The fees required for the transfer are; a $5.50 transfer fee, a $10.00 title fee, and any sales tax due. Depending on the year, make and model of your new vehicle, you also may have to pay an additional property tax. In addition, you may have to pay a supplementary licensing fee if the new vehicle weighs more than the old one. For more information call a Motor Vehicle Department office.
Refunding a License Plate
If you sell a vehicle before the end of your licensing period, and the plate isn't being transferred to another vehicle, you may be eligible for a refund on the remaining, valid, full months of property taxes that you have paid for the licensing period. The refund amount will depend on the date you apply for it.
Retain both the metal license plate (s) and the current-year registration for the sold vehicle. Due to various requirements for refunds, contact the Motor Vehicle Department.