Selling a Car in Kansas

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If you’re selling a car in Kansas, you’ll need to sign your title over to the new owner before reporting the ownership transfer to the DMV.
Selling a car can feel overwhelming until you understand the process. It’s important to get it done right. If not, you could be responsible for issues that come up with the car—even after you hand over the keys.
Fortunately, the car insurance comparison and broker app Jerry has all the information you need to successfully (and easily) sell your car in Kansas.

What you need to sell a car in Kansas

The first step is to get your paperwork together. The Kansas DMV requires certain documentation when you’re selling a car, including:
  • Kansas Certificate of Title (or, if you don’t have one, a duplicate title form)
  • Lien release
  • Motor Vehicle Enforcement (MVE) Inspection (if applicable) 

Getting a pre-sale inspection

Kansas DMV does not require an inspection, and it will be up to your buyer to get one. 
The Department of Revenue (DOR) does require some vehicle owners to verify a VIN in Kansas. This is usually called an MVE inspection. Some of the most common reasons you might need this form are:
  • Title certificate was issued by another state
  • Vehicle was constructed from parts
  • Vehicle is an antique—the model year 1950 or newer
  • Vehicle identification number is missing or possibly altered
The DOR charges $20 for most vehicles and $25 for a salvage vehicle. Car owners can pay these fees using cash, check, money orders, or credit cards. Once an MVE inspection form is completed, it doesn’t expire.
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Documenting the sale

A bill of sale is the simplest way to document the details of your car sale. On it, you state information about the transaction such as:
  • Vehicle identification number
  • Make, model, and year
  • License plate number
  • Selling price
  • Seller name, address, and signature
  • Buyer name, address, and signature
  • Odometer reading
A bill of sale is not required to sell a vehicle in Kansas, but having one gives you and your buyer legal protection.

Signing the title over

To transfer your vehicle to a new owner, you must complete the back of the title. This allows the buyer to take it to the DMV to get a new title and register the vehicle in their name. The information you need on the title includes:
  • Purchase price
  • Date of sale
  • Odometer reading
  • Seller’s name printed and signed
  • Buyer’s name printed and signed 
If there’s more than one owner and the names are joined by “and,” all people will need to sign the title. If the names are joined by “or,” only one person must sign. When there is no connection listed, all owners must sign.

Reporting the sale

To report the sale, you’ll need to complete the Seller’s Notification of Sale form. Next, mail it to the address given on the form. There is a filing fee of $10.
You can download the seller’s notification form from the Kansas Department of Revenue website.

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