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Wednesday, September 03, 2014 

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This page contains information for first-time motor vehicle registrations in Douglas County, Kansas.

New Purchase


If you have recently purchased and new/used vehicle and are a Kansas resident, you will need to make application for the Kansas title and registration within 60 days from the purchase date shown on the back of the title. To do so, you will need to take the following documents to any one of our locations. The main office (1100 Massachusetts Street, 1st level, Lawrence, KS 66044) or the Satellite Locations:
  1. A properly assigned Manufacturer's Statement of Origin (MSO) or valid title and any other documents from the dealer or previous owner.
  2. The VIN inspection, if applicable.
  3. Current insurance information for the new vehicle
  4. Bill of Sale (if not on the title), an Invoice if purchased from an Out of State Dealer, or a Sales tax receipt if purchased from a Kansas Dealer.
  5. Lien release, if the front of the title shows a previous lienholder
  6. Previous registration receipt if transferring a tag from a disposed of vehicle

    Both owners of the vehicle will need to come in if the title reads 'and' or has no designation between the names.

    You may be able to transfer a license plate from a vehicle you no longer own if the plate is current and the names are staying the same. You will need to bring in the current registration for the vehicle traded, sold, or repossessed. If you do not have the registration one can be purchased for $1.00 at the time you register the new vehicle.

To calculate your personal property taxes, please visit the 'Vehicle Property Tax Estimator' website at: https://mvs.dmv.kdor.ks.gov/VehiclePropertyTaxLookup/Default.aspx
Please Note: This only calculates personal property taxes and not any applicable registration fees or sales tax.

The information above is in no way ALL you will need when you come in to register the vehicle. There are other situations and problems that cannot be foreseen.

If you have any questions, please contact our office at (785) 832-5273, or check our FAQ's.


New Resident - Out of State Registration


If you have recently moved to Kansas, you must apply for a Kansas title and registration for your vehicle within 90 days from establishing residency. You can apply at any of our locations, including the Satellite Locations. The following documents are required:
  1. Your out of state title and the VIN inspection receipt (If your title is being held by your lienholder, please visit: VIN Inspections
  2. Proof of insurance.
  3. Picture I.D.

Both owners of the vehicle will need to come in if the title reads 'and' or has no designation between the names.

Once you arrive at the Treasurer's office and pay pay the registration fees and property taxes you will receive your plate and registration. To calculate your personal property taxes, please visit the 'Vehicle Property Tax Estimator' website at: https://mvs.dmv.kdor.ks.gov/VehiclePropertyTaxLookup/Default.aspx
Please Note: This only calculates personal property taxes and not any applicable registration fees or sales tax.

Your Kansas title will be mailed to you if there is not a lien against the vehicle. Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for delivery. If there is a lien, the title will be electronic and will not be printed until the lien is paid off.


Lost Titles


You can apply for a duplicate title in person or by mail.

If your title is held electronically, you will need to provide a lien release for the lien holder that is listed on your registration receipt. If you have questions about whether or not your title is held electronically by the State, you can check your current registration receipt or call our office at (785)832-5273 with your VIN#. There is no fee to release an electronic title.

If you lost a paper title with a lien listed, you will need to apply for a duplicate/reissue title with your local county treasurer's office. This can be done in person or through the mail (use TR-270b). You will need to provide the lien release for the lien holder who was listed on the front of the paper title and pay the $20.00 fee ($22.00 if using a satellite office in person).

If you need to replace a title for a vehicle that does not have any liens, you can apply in person at your local treasurer's office or by mail. The fee is $10.00 ($12.00 if using a satellite).

If you would like to mail in your request, please send check made out to Douglas County Treasurer's Office and a signed and completed TR-270b. Included appropriate title fee listed on the form. Send all applications to:
  • Douglas County Treasurers Office
  • PO Box 884
  • Lawrence, Kansas 66044