KS License plate guide. Custom or specialty plates and replacing lost or stolen license plates.
LOST OR STOLEN LICENSE PLATES
As soon as license plates are lost, stolen or illegible they must be replaced.
In order to replace your plates you must:
- Visit your local county treasurer's office.
- Present proper forms of ID.
- Hand in any remaining license plates.
- Fill in the application for replacement plates.
- Pay the license plate replacement fees of $3.50.
Note: If your license plates are stolen, your application must be accompanied by a police report.
CUSTOM AND PERSONALIZED PLATES
These are the different types of plates in the regular series: Auto, Commercial, Trailer, Motorcycle, Permanent Trailer Identification, Disabled Person, Disabled Veteran, and Foreign Organization. Complete the application form available at your local county treasurer's office and submit it with the appropriate fees (see below).
Special Interest Plates
Special Interest Plates are divided into the following categories: Personalized, Educational, Organizational, Military and Other Distinctive Plates. The following is a list of some examples of special interest plates: Kansas State University Alumni Association, Agriculture in the Classroom, Amateur Radio Operator, Antique Vehicles, Emergency Medical Services, Firefighter, Combat Wounded Purple Heart and U.S. Veteran. Click here to access the Personalized Plate application form for replacing the different types of special interest plates. Please see the Custom Plate application to replace a lost or stolen special interest plate or order a new one. When you have completed the form, take it to your county treasurer's office/ks/kansas/dmv-location-hours and submit it with the appropriate fees (see below).
The fees for replacing a license plate or getting new plates vary depending on the type of plate you need. For more information on these fees please follow the link for Special Interest Plates.
Note: For disabled drivers, please see disability plates and application.
WHAT TO DO WITH PLATES WHEN BUYING/SELLING A VEHICLE
Under Kansas Law it is NOT mandatory to retain standard license plates from a vehicle when selling. The plates will remain with the buyer once the ownership of the vehicle has been transferred; however, if the plates are special interest or personalized then there are two options for the seller. One, keep the plates for another vehicle and two, release the plate to the buyer.