Licensing Your Vehicle in Geary County
Whether you've just moved to Geary County, or you're a long time resident with a new car or truck, congratulations! One of your first tasks is to get a new Kansas license plate or to transfer a plate from your old to your new vehicle so that you can drive legally.
To do that, you need to register your vehicle with the state for a fee and pay your property taxes at the Geary County Treasurer's Motor Vehicle Department. To help you through this sometimes complex task, the Motor Vehicle Department has outlined the steps you need to follow.
You need to go in person to the Motor Vehicle Department to get your license plate, or to transfer a plate. If you intend to register the vehicle jointly (listing it as Jane and John Doe, instead of Jane or John Doe), then all owners need to be present, or you will need to bring a power of attorney from the other owners. This applies to the names as they appear on the ownership documents. Alterations may void those documents.
Any vehicle that is garaged in Geary County may owe property tax, even if the vehicle belongs to a company that has headquarters out-of-state.
- Registration is required within 90 days of the date of establishing a Kansas domicile.
- Some examples that may make you a Kansas resident for purposes of registration are:
- Own, lease or rent a place of domicile for more than 90 days
- Have a place of domicile and accept employment
You should license any vehicle within 60 days of purchase, which is the assigned date on the certificate of origin/title, to avoid possible penalties. While waiting to get your license plate, you must display on your vehicle the 60-day permit that you have obtained from a Kansas motor vehicle dealer or from a Motor Vehicle Department office.
After you license your car for the first time in Geary County, you are responsible for the annual renewals prior to expiration. If you do not receive the courtesy renewal notice from the state by the 5th of your expiration month, contact the Geary County Motor Vehicle Office for assistance. The renewal month is determined by the first letter of an individual's last name or the first letter of a company's name.
To license a truck weighing under 12,000 pounds, a car, motorcycle, or motorized bicycle, you need to bring the following with you to the Motor Vehicle Department Office:
Proof of Insurance
Everyone will be required to show proof of insurance on all motor vehicle transactions. Renewals done by mail will need to include a copy of the proof of insurance on each vehicle along with the renewal notice.
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 the current date
- Vehicle description including Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
Kansas law requires that you carry no-fault liability insurance on any vehicle except a motorized bicycle so that, in case of an accident, the other vehicle and its passengers are protected.
Proof of insurance may be originals, photocopies and facsimiles are acceptable, including images displayed on a cellular phone or any other type of portable electronic device.
Proof of Ownership
- Established residents - If you are an established resident who is registering a vehicle that you have just acquired, you need a properly assigned manufacturer's certificate of origin if it is a new vehicle or a properly assigned title from the previous owner if it is a used vehicle.
- New residents - If you are a new resident who is licensing a vehicle that you have brought from another state, you need the vehicle's title. If the title is being held by a lender, you need to call them and have them fax a copy of the front and back of the out-of-state title or the electronic title to our 200 E 8th Street office at 785-238-7631. Once the copy of your title is received at the Geary County office (call 785-238-8109 to see if it has been received), you can pick it up and have the Highway Patrol inspection done (See Kansas Highway Patrol Inspection section down below).
- Note: Sometimes the state you're moving from will request something in writing from the Geary County office before releasing the electronic title or the copy of the the title. In that case call 785-238-8109 and request the letter. You will be asked to provide information on the vehicle, including the VIN #, so please have that available.
Feel free to call the Motor Vehicle Department Office for additional information.
Odometer Disclosure Statement
Vehicles less than 10 years old require the Odometer Disclosure Statement completed by the seller and buyer.
A Kansas Highway Patrol Inspection
You will need a Kansas Vehicle Identification Number Verification if the vehicle has an out-of-state title. An inspection is not necessary if the car has a manufacturer's certificate of origin. The inspection shows that your vehicle's identification number has been checked to make sure the vehicle is not stolen.
This state-required inspection is available for a $20 fee (cash only accepted). They are located in the Treasurer's Office. They will conduct inspections Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A Sales Tax Receipt
A sales tax receipt from a Kansas motor vehicle dealer is needed if you have just bought the vehicle that you are licensing. Per Kansas state law, additional sales tax may be collected if the amount collected is lower than the Geary County tax of 9.75%.
If you bought the vehicle from someone other than a Kansas dealer, you need to bring a bill of sale for sales tax purposes you must pay sales tax which can be as much as 9.75% of the purchase price, depending on the area in which you live.
For the state registration fee, property taxes, and sales taxes, payments may be in:
- American Express
- Discover Card
- One check
If a credit or debit card is used, a 2.5% fee is charged by the processing company.
More Than One Vehicle
If you are licensing more than one vehicle, you may combine all fees on one check for all vehicles. The person signing the check must provide a driver's license number and daytime phone number.
The registration fee is $35 for cars up to 4,500 pounds and $45 for cars over 4,500 pounds or trucks weighing under 12,000 pounds. Motorized bicycle tags cost $16 and motorcycle tags cost $21. The property tax can run from a minimum of $24 for a full year to several hundred dollars for a new vehicle. The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) modernization fee is $4 in addition to regular fees.
Get an Estimate
You can obtain an estimate by calling the office at 785-238-8109 and giving them the vehicle year, make and model or the VIN for the vehicle. Also the purchase price of the vehicle.