Selling a Car in Kansas

When you’re selling a vehicle in Kansas, there are some specific requirements you need to meet. We’ve collected all the important information here on these requirements so you can get yourself ready for a successful vehicle sale in the state.

1. Title Information

In Kansas, you can sell a vehicle under two conditions. The first condition is if you have total ownership of the vehicle. In other words, any “lien” (loan) that is on the vehicle must be paid off before you can sell the vehicle. You can also sell a vehicle that you still have a lien on, provided that you pay off the lien within 30 days of the time you sell the vehicle. If you are selling under the second condition, you must inform the vehicle buyer and include the information for the lienholder as part of your Bill of Sale. Be careful doing this, however, as the buyer cannot get a title in their own name until the lien is released.

Before you sell the vehicle, make certain that you have the actual title. In Kansas, you may have either an electronic or physical title. If you have an electronic title, you simply give the buyer the registration receipt for the vehicle and they can get the title transfer from that information. If you have a physical title, you can give the buyer that as proof of transfer. If you cannot find the title, you’ll need to request a replacement title from the Kansas Department of Revenue. With a physical title, you and the buyer will both sign the title as proof of the transfer of ownership from you to them.

In Kansas, all vehicles must be titled.

2. Bill of Sale Requirements

Kansas requires you to put together a Bill of Sale when you sell a vehicle. The Bill of Sale should include the following elements:

  • The new owner’s name
  • The full address of the new owner
  • The seller’s name
  • The full address of the seller
  • The date of the sale
  • The sale price
  • A full and detailed vehicle description, including the vehicle’s make, model, year, series number (if applicable) and body type (2-door, 4-door, sedan, etc.), plus the vehicle identification number (VIN)
  • The vehicle odometer reading at the time of sale
  • The signatures of the seller and new owner

Kansas has an official Bill of Sale that you can use if you wish. It is important that you keep a copy of the Bill of Sale for your records, as the purchase price of the vehicle is considered taxable income and should be reported on your next taxes.

3. Inspections

Kansas has no formal inspection program for vehicles or any emissions testing requirements. If your vehicle is currently registered, you can sell it without any problems. If it is not currently registered, you will need to have the vehicle “Verified” before you can sell it.

4. License Plates

In Kansas, when you sell your vehicle, you get to keep its license plates and can transfer those same plates to your next vehicle.

5. Odometer Disclosure Requirements

Kansas requires people to formally disclose the odometer reading when they sell their vehicle or whenever a new title on the vehicle is required for any reason, regardless of the vehicle’s age. You can use the Kansas Odometer Disclosure Form to do this.

6. Other Information

If you have questions or want more details on anything relating to vehicle selling, check out the Kansas Department of Revenue website.