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Guide to the Kansas DMV

kansas dmv guide

If you’re new to Kansas, or have recently purchased a car there, here are the basics on setting up your vehicle and licensing.

New Registration

Kansas requires that you register your vehicle in person. You must register within 90 days of moving to Kansas. You can apply in person at the DMV with:

  • A signed title or manufacturer’s certificate of origin
  • Proof of car insurance
  • Proof of your inspection
  • Sales tax receipt, if purchased inside of Kansas
  • A Motor Vehicle Examination (Form MVE-1)
  • A completed Title and Registration Manual Application (Form TR-212a).
  • Payment for any title transfer fees and vehicle registration fees

Vehicle Inspections

Unless they are exempt, all vehicles require an inspection before being registered in Kansas. Exams are conducted by the Kansas Highway Patrol. When you pass the inspection, you’ll receive a Motor Vehicle Examination Certificate (Form MVE-1).

To complete an inspection, you must bring your:

  • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
  • Driver’s license
  • Payment of the $20 inspection fee

Registration Renewal

Kansas residents will receive notice from the Department of Revenue (DOR) ahead of when you need to renew your registration. You are required to renew once a year. You can renew in person, or online.


You will need to get a title for your vehicle within sixty days of purchasing it in state. Late fees will apply if you don’t get a title within this time frame. If you’re transferring your car into Kansas from out of state, you will have ninety days to get a Kansas title. The title transfer fee is $10, and the title duplication fee is $10.

Driver’s License

If you are just arriving in Kansas, and already have a valid license, you may get a Kansas license if you:

Auto Insurance Requirements

Kansas requires all registered vehicles to be insured to drive on Kansas roads, and individuals must have proof of insurance to obtain a driver’s license. Liability insurance must include the following minimum coverage limits:

  • $25,000 per person.
  • $50,000 per accident for bodily injury.
  • $10,000 per accident for property damage.

Your car insurance policy must also include personal injury protection at the following minimums:

  • $4,500 per person for medical costs
  • $900 per month for 1 year for disability and loss of income
  • $25 per day for in-home services
  • $2,000 for funeral, cremation or burial expenses
  • $4,500 for rehabilitation