How to Transfer a Vehicle Title in Kansas

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You’ll need to complete a title transfer to pass ownership of the vehicle in Kansas. During this process, you’ll complete a title transfer and notify the county treasurer’s motor vehicle office. The process is simple, involving exchanging the title, submitting the appropriate forms, and paying a titling fee (plus any other taxes/fees in the process).

The two parties exchange the title, file the appropriate paperwork, and pay any necessary fees. This process doesn’t take long, given you’re prepared. Or if both parties go to the DMV (recommended).

Below, you’ll learn how the Kansas title transfer process works for private transactions.

Kansas Title Transfer: Step-by-Step

It’s recommended that both parties go to the DMV, as this clears any confusion and potential issues when passing ownership of the vehicle. However, you’re welcome to exchange the title on your own time and later visit the DMV to complete the process.

You will visit a Kansas Department of Motor Vehicles office (see our directory).

Here is what you’ll do to complete a title transfer in Kansas (including the seller and buyer):

  1. Retrieve the vehicle’s title or request a duplicate title
    1. Buyers: You may need a lien release from the current owner
    2. Sellers: Provide a lien release to the buyer if needed
  2. Complete the Kansas certificate of title – including:
    1. Full legal name and address of the buyer and current owner
    2. Date of sale (month, day, and year)
    3. Vehicle price the buyer paid
    4. Signatures from both parties
  3. Submit the Title and Registration Manual Application (TR-212a form)
  4. Submit an Affidavit of Purchase Price (TR-11 form)
  5. Bring any necessary documents:
    1. Proof of identification
    2. Proof of KS residency
    3. Proof of KS auto insurance
    4. Motor Vehicle Examination Certificate (if purchased from out of state)
  6. Pay the variable taxes and fees
    1. Title: $10
    2. Registration: $20 to $45+

As a seller, you may need to complete these items when selling the vehicle:

  • Providing an Odometer Disclosure Statement if you cannot add it to the title
  • Providing a Damage Disclosure Statement if you cannot add it to the title
  • Providing an Affidavit to a Fact (TR-12 form) or a Bill of Sale if you cannot add it to the title
  • Submitting a Seller’s Notification of Sale (TR-216 form) after the transaction

What’s Next?

You should register your vehicle after titling it to avoid any complications. See our Kansas vehicle registration guide to learn how the process is done. If you haven’t got it yet, do consider adding or dropping auto insurance. Or, shopping around for a new policy as you may find new discounts.


If you’ve completed the steps above, you’ll have finished the title transfer process in Kansas.

Transferring a vehicle title in Kansas is an important process when selling a car or receiving one as a gift. Regardless of the situation, it’s important to know how your state handles transfer paperwork and what documents you need to legally transfer the title. With these steps, navigating this process should be much easier and faster.