Motor Vehicle Auto Licensing

Location: Director: Hours: Contact:
710 N 7th St, Suite 240
Kansas City, KS
Richard Mikesic Monday - Friday
8:00AM - 5:00PM Cut Off 2:00PM: M, F - Cut Off 3:30PM: T, W, Th
P: (913) 573-2821 F: (913) 573-2890 E: Email

Sale of a vehicle:

You may apply for a refund upon the sale of a vehicle. The refund is prorated from the date the plate is surrendered until the expiration date of the plate. A check will be mailed to you within (12) weeks with the exception of trucks registered over 12M lbs. The heavy truck tag refund checks are mailed from the state within (12) weeks. All refunds can take up to (12) weeks. Owners with heavy trucks and trailers must also notify the Appraiser’s Office: (913) 573-2889 to have the vehicle removed from the tax role. Trailer and moped plates are non-refundable.

To apply for a refund, surrender the license plate, purchaser’s name, your social security number, and registration.


Moving out of state:

You may apply for a refund when you move and register your vehicle in another state. Mail us the Kansas license plate, KS. registration, copy of the out of state registration, copy of your new out of state driver’s license, and application for refund form. The prorated refund is on the personal property tax from the date we receive the plate, and related paperwork, to the expiration date.

Refunds are not allowed on Trailers(RV trailers are allowed) and moped plates. However, you do want to call the Appraiser’s office to have them removed from the tax role. Personal property tax is due on trailers, if owned on Jan. 1, for the entire year.


Boats, Trailers and Semi-Trucks:

  • Trailers: have various registration types. A recreational trailer is registered similar to an auto registration. Plates and personal property tax are calculated on a prorated basis from the date of purchase to the expiration date according to the initial of your last name. A box trailer, semi-trailer, refrigeration trailer, farm trailer, flat beds, etc. are prorated by either a full year or half year being the purchase date of July 1 or later. The personal property tax is figured annually, Jan 1 to Dec. 31. The full amount or first half of the tax is due on or before Dec. 20. The last half is due by June 20 of the following year.

    The weight strip affixed to the license plate indicates the gross weight (weight of the trailer and the load). The truck registration weight is for the weight of the truck, trailer, and load of both the truck and trailer. Trailer weights consist of up to 8M, 12, and >12M pounds. The registration fee varies from $18 to $38 annually.

    Title work is the same as Titling a new vehicle or Titling a used vehicle.

  • Semi-Trucks: are registered through the local County Treasurer’s Office or you would notify the state for pro-rate and apportioned plates. The truck registration weight is for the weight of the truck, trailer, and load of both the truck and trailer. There are four different categories to choose from; Regular meaning no mileage restrictions, Local meaning 25 mile radius from address listed on the registration, Farm meaning the vehicle is used for farm use only, and 6,000 Mile meaning the truck will remain under 6000 miles per year. All categories have a weight range from 16M to <80M pounds paying a prorated registration fee with the exception of the 6000 Mile which is not prorated. All of these categories allow a quarterly registration payment by surrendering the title on the first payment by Feb. 15, second payment due by April 1, third payment due by July 1, and last payment due by Oct. 1. Once full payment is received, the state will return the title by mail. The registration fees vary from Regular $103 to $1928, Local and 6000 Mile registration fees vary from $63 to $1003, and Farm registration fees from $38 to $603.

Refund Application for Vehicle Taxes and Registration on Sold Vehicle