Vehicle registration is the compulsory registration of a vehicle with a government authority. Vehicle registration’s purpose is to ease government taxation, regulation, or punishment of motorists or vehicles owners. Vehicles are often uniquely identified by a vehicle identification number or VIN. Registered vehicles typically display a vehicle registration plate or tag.
Vehicle titling is a means to verify vehicle information and prevent fraudulent activity by verifying the vehicle and title information, information on all brands ever applied to a vehicle, and information on whether the vehicle has been reported stolen – all prior to the titling jurisdiction issuing a new title.
Vehicle titling is used by motor vehicle administrators, law enforcement officials, prospective purchasers and insurance carriers. Vehicle information is verified against a national database, which provides the last jurisdiction that issued a title on the vehicle and requests details of the vehicle from that jurisdiction prior to issuing a new title.
When titling and registering you may pay sales tax on a new or used vehicle along with personal property taxes.
Kansas law requires that a vehicle must be titled and registered with regard to passenger and commercial motor vehicles, motorcycles, ATV’s, and trailers.
There is much diversity in how motor vehicles are situated within the structure of government. In Kansas, motor vehicles is performed at the county level, working as an “agent” of the state in administering vehicle registration, vehicle titling and driver’s licensing based on the state’s prescribed rules and regulations. In Johnson County, Motor Vehicles is a division of the Treasurer’s Department, operating as an “agent” of the state to administer vehicle titling and registration, but not driver’s licenses.