Kansas Vehicle Titles
Instructions for Signing a Vehicle Title in Kansas (Private Party Sale)
Selling a vehicle privately in Kansas requires you to properly sign over the vehicle title to the buyer. Follow the step-by-step instructions below to ensure a smooth and legal transfer of ownership:
1. Obtain the Vehicle Title: Locate the original vehicle title for the vehicle you wish to sell. Kansas titles are typically issued by the Kansas Department of Revenue (Division of Vehicles) and must be in your name as the seller.
2. Complete the Seller Information: On the front of the vehicle title, complete the “Seller’s Name” and “Seller’s Address” sections accurately. Provide your full legal name and residential address. Double-check for any errors or misspellings.
3. Fill in the Odometer Reading: In the “Odometer Disclosure Statement” section of the title, record the accurate mileage of the vehicle at the time of the sale. If the vehicle is over 10 years old or weighs over 16,000 pounds, check the appropriate box indicating that the mileage is “exempt.”
4. Sign the Seller’s Signature: Locate the “Seller’s Signature” section on the front of the vehicle title. Sign your name exactly as it appears on the title. Do not sign the title unless you are in the presence of a notary public.
5. Notarize the Signature: In the presence of a notary public, sign the title again in the “Seller’s Signature” section. The notary will fill out the “State of Kansas, County of _____” section, and then affix their official stamp or seal on the title to validate the notarization.
6. Provide the Bill of Sale: Although not required by the state, it is recommended to provide the buyer with a Bill of Sale as an additional documentation of the private party sale. The Bill of Sale should include the vehicle details (make, model, year, VIN), the purchase price, date of sale, buyer’s and seller’s information, and their signatures. Both parties should retain a copy for their records.
7. Keep a Copy of the Title: Before handing over the signed title to the buyer, make a photocopy of the front and back of the title for your records. This copy can be helpful in case any issues arise after the sale.
8. Hand over the Title: Give the original, properly signed title to the buyer. It is recommended to transfer other supporting documents such as maintenance records and service history to the new owner as well.
Remember, these instructions are specific to private party vehicle sales in Kansas. If you have any questions or concerns during the process, it is recommended to consult the Kansas Department of Revenue or a legal professional for further guidance.