There are currently two office locations for Johnson County residents to process their vehicle registrations/titling. There is one at Mission and at Olathe.
Both Motor Vehicle locations offer a new line queuing system that offers customers more intuitive options to waiting in line by providing line status updates through cell phone text messages or by receiving automated phone calls on a cell phone or land-line. With this new system, customers will be able to check-in and then they will be free to continue with all of their other daily activities without the hassle and anxiety of waiting at Motor Vehicle. By improving the line management system, Johnson County is looking to provide a more positive customer experience at Motor Vehicle.
In addition to getting in line at Motor Vehicle in person, you can also check-in online through our website or check-in by phone. Note: If the estimated wait time exceeds our hours of operation (M-F 7:30 am-4:00 pm), you will not be able to check-in online or by phone until the following business day.
- To check-in online:
- Choose a Motor Vehicle location, Mission or Olathe, on our home page, under the "Get In Line at Motor Vehicle" heading.
- Read through the Information Disclaimer and accept or decline.
- Choose a language, English or Spanish.
- Enter your cell phone number, be sure to include the area code, then push Next.
- The next screen provides a brief explanation of what to expect. Please take time to read this screen.
- Continue to printable confirmation.
- To check-in by phone:
- Dial phone number 1-888-9-JOCO-KS. (1-888-956-2657)
- Choose which location you would like to check into by pressing “1” for Mission or “2” for Olathe.
- Choose your language by pressing “1” for English or “2” for Spanish.
- The automated voice will give the current estimated wait time for the location selected and will tell you to press “1” if you would like to join the line.
- The last four digits of the phone number you are calling from will be your ticket number.
- When titling and registering, you may pay a registration fee and sales tax on a new or used vehicle, along with personal property taxes.
- You may pay your tag registration using cash, check (with valid driver's license and daytime phone number), money order, cashier's check, or credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover). There will be a service fee charged by the payment processor for using a credit or debit card.
- If you are registering more than one vehicle, you may combine to make one payment.
- There will be a $30.00 service charge per each returned check.
- To view the current credit/debit card and echeck convenience fees for all online payments, please go to Online Tag Renewal
- If you are paying in person by credit or debit card at either the Olathe or Mission location, the fee will be as follows:
- 2.6% of total transaction for all card types, with a $3.00 minimum (subject to change).
When paying fees, the check can be made payable to Johnson County Motor Vehicle.
- If a vehicle is purchased from a family member, a Relationship Affidavit needs to be completed. Depending on the relationship, this may allow sales tax not to be collected on the purchase price of the vehicle at the time of registration.
If a vehicle is gifted to an individual, the title needs to be assigned to the individual and the Vehicle Gift Certification section of the Affidavit To A Fact needs to be filled out.
To renew your registration by mail you may send a check, money order or cashier’s check in the envelope provided with your renewal notice, along with valid proof of insurance. Applications for lien releases, disabled placards, duplicate or secured titles (with payments) and refunds can be dropped off or mailed to either of our Motor Vehicle Offices for processing. Please refer to Motor Vehicle Forms for the proper application and documentation needed for each of these items. These will be processed and mailed back to the address on file.
When a person changes his or her last name, an update is made both to the title ownership and the vehicle registration. This might affect your registration renewal month and could mean that you would owe additional property tax and fees.
If you do not have a lien holder, you need to surrender your current title. If you have lost your title, you may order a replacement title. There is a $10.00 fee and you will need to fill out this application in order to request a new one to be sent to you.
If you have a loan on your vehicle, you are required to have your lienholder fill out the Lienholder’s Consent form, which tells us that your lienholder is in agreement with a name change in the ownership of the vehicle.
Once you have your paperwork ready, please bring your title or lienholder’s consent form, as well as your current license plate and insurance into one of our motor vehicle offices.
Registration fees can cost between $39 and $49 per year (prorated to the number of months before you re-register the vehicle). Title fees are $10. The Kansas Highway Patrol charges an inspection fee to inspect vehicles that were previously titled in another state. Please visit www.KansasHighwayPatrol.org for more information.
Sales tax, if applicable, is made up of state, county, and local tax rates. Please view the latest Sales Tax Rates through the Kansas Department of Revenue.
Property tax can be estimated by going to the Property Tax Calculator and entering the owner's last name initial, year, make and model of your vehicle. This is also pro-rated.
Call us at (913) 826-1800 with the plate number or VIN number and we can check the status for you.
- In Johnson County, driver's license services are provided by the State of Kansas Department of Revenue. The Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices do not process driver's licenses.
- Driver's License Examination is responsible for examining everyone applying for Kansas driver's licenses. Driver Control maintains all driver's license records, along with traffic violation convictions, suspensions, and revocations.
- Additional information can be found on the State's website, including:
- Change your Kansas Driver's License Address Online
- Driver's License Handbook and Fee Schedule
- Driver's License Records, Traffic Violation Convictions, Suspensions, and Revocations
- Information on Renewing, Extending, or Replacing your Driver's License
A 60 day tag may be purchased by bringing the assigned title, bill of sale, and current insurance information to either Motor Vehicle location. The 60 day tag will be valid for the first 60 days from the date of purchase. The cost of the 60 day tag is $8.00 and is payable by cash only.
If your license plate is lost or stolen from your vehicle, you must file a police report in the city in which the loss occurred. Bring the police report, current registration, and current insurance information to either motor vehicle office to obtain a replacement plate. This must be done by the registered vehicle owner, or the registered owner may give someone Power of Attorney to process this transaction on their behalf. The cost of this transaction is $3.00, or $4.00 if a duplicate registration is needed. Beginning January 1, 2017, an additional fee of $5.00 will be applied to each transaction.
The cost for personalized plates is $45.50 for an Auto/Light Truck or Motorcycle. Anyone can order a personalized plate for a vehicle at either Motor Vehicle location. Remember to bring in your current license plate when ordering a personalized license plate. You may have up to 7 letters or spaces for an Auto/Light Truck personalized plate and up to 5 letters or spaces for a Motorcycle personalized plate. There is no punctuation allowed on personalized plate lettering.
As of October 1, 2019, we are unable to order personalized plates until 2020.
State law requires that there can be only one letter combination per personalized plate in the state of Kansas. Please go to the Personalized Plate Look-up to check availability.
In Kansas, there are several unique license plate designs available to choose from. This list is available online here, Kansas Distinctive License Plates.
The county mails courtesy renewal notices 30 days prior to your expiration date.
The county generates courtesy notices 30 days before the vehicle’s expiration date, but it is still the citizen's responsibility to renew in a timely manner. Lost or missing reminders occur on occasion. This occurs most often when you have recently moved and the reminder has been sent to a previous address. If you intend on renewing in person, the renewal notice is not necessary, however, you will need proof of insurance, any other applicable paperwork, and the license plate/tag number as well. To obtain a duplicate notice, you may either print your notice online or you may call our Information line at 913-826-1800 to have one mailed to you. Please have the license plate/tag number readily available to expedite the process. If you choose to mail in your renewal, be sure to include any change of address.
If you do not receive your decal in the mail within 10 days from mailing in your payment, contact our office at (913)826-1800 to inquire if the decal may have been returned to our office. If the decal has been returned, give the customer service representative the correct mailing address and the decal will be either sent out again or held in the office if you want to pick it up in person.
If the decal has not been returned, a police report must be filed in the city in which you reside. After filing the police report, bring the report, license plate number of the vehicle, insurance information and $1.50 to either motor vehicle office to obtain a replacement decal. This must be done by the registered owner of the vehicle, or the registered owner may give someone Power of Attorney to process this transaction on their behalf.
To renew your vehicle tag or plate, you are required to pay a State registration renewal fee and personal property tax annually. To determine the personal property tax due on your vehicle, please visit the Kansas Department of Revenue website. Beginning January 1, 2015, an additional fee of $5.00 will be applied to each vehicle being renewed in-person.
If you no longer own the vehicle that is listed on your Johnson County vehicle renewal notice, you may simply disregard it.
When you sell a vehicle, you may drop off a copy of your registration, a completed refund form, and your license plate at either of our Motor Vehicle locations. For additional information about refunds, please see our Refund page.