How Do I Transfer a Car Title in Douglas County, Kansas?


Go in person to the Douglas County Office of the Treasurer main office or any of the satellite offices listed on the link in the Resources section.


Bring with you a properly signed Manufacturer's Statement of Origin or valid title for the vehicle, proof of insurance for the vehicle, the bill of sale if it is not written on the title or an invoice from the dealer, the current odometer reading of the vehicle and a valid address for the lienholder if there is a lien. If the title being transferred is from another state, you will also need a VIN inspection receipt, also called a form MVE-1, and photo identification. To get an inspection receipt, have a VIN inspection performed by the Kansas Highway Patrol. Contact the VIN Inspection Office at 785-842-4759 or at the link in the Resources section.


Pay for your title transfer and property taxes with cash, check, money order, debit or credit card. Make a check or money order payable to the Douglas County Treasurer. A 3.19\% service fee is charged for the use of a debit or credit card. Your title will be mailed to you in four to six weeks unless there is a lien. In that case, the title will be retained by the state until the lien is satisfied.

Tips and Warnings

  • If you sold or traded another vehicle, your tag is current and the names on the title have not changed, you may be able to transfer the tag to the new vehicle.
  • Calculate property taxes on your vehicle in advance by going to the website of the Kansas Motor Vehicle Property Tax Information System listed in the Resources section.
  • If the title reads "and" or does not distinguish between names, both owners must be present to complete the transfer.
  • Transferring the title promptly after the purchase of a new or used vehicle is required by all states. According to the Douglas County Office of the Treasurer, you must register a vehicle in Kansas within 30 days of your purchase if you are already a Kansas resident or you must apply for a Kansas title and registration within 90 days of establishing residency in Kansas. Having a current registration avoids problems should you be stopped for a minor traffic violation.