You will need the title or MSO (if it's a new car), signed over to you, the sales tax receipt or bill of sale, the car's current mileage, and your proof of insurance. This must be done within 60 days of purchase. When transferring a tag between two cars, you need the current registration or tag number of the old car.
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The office is open Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
The office stops taking the following transactions at 4:00 pm:
To make an appointment please click below.
The titling and renewing of vehicle registrations are done at the Riley County Treasurer’s Office located at the Riley County Office Building, 110 Courthouse Plaza, Manhattan KS 66502.
The fees to register a vehicle could include registration, property tax, sales tax, and other state-mandated fees.
Please contact our office at 785-537-6320 for more information.
For an estimate on property tax Click Here: Vehicle Property Tax and Fee Estimator
Acceptable forms of payment are cash, check, credit card, money order, and cashier's check. There is a 2.50% convenience fee if using a debit or credit card.
If you are registering your car for the first time, you must do so in person. However, if you are renewing your car registration you can pay online.
Please make an appointment by clicking the button below:
1. Include renewal notice. proof of insurance and payment
2. Military personnel be sure to include the following:
1.Military Affidavit (https://www.rileycountyks.gov/DocumentCenter/View/103/Military-Personnel-Affidavit?bidId=)
2. Current full month LES
3. Current orders, ERB or ORB
Auto, truck, and motorcycle tags expire on the last day of each month based on the first letter of your name or business. Heavy trucks (over 12,000 pounds) and trailers expire on December 31st but have until the last day of February to complete the renewal process.
Click to see the Renewal Chart Month Renewal Chart
To reprint your renewal notice click on the link below:
You can renew in person, by placing it in our dropbox or online. If you cannot print the renewal notice bring the license plate number and proof of insurance into the office and we will be able to look up the information to complete the renewal.
Take your registration or tag number and insurance card to the Riley County Treasurer's Office, and they will be able to process your renewal.
Please make an appointment by clicking the button below:
If you have the title, you need to bring in the title, the vehicle inspection, the registration from where it is currently registered, and proof of insurance.
The person who is named on the title is the only person who can register the vehicle.
If two names appear on the title with “and/or” between the names, only one person has to come in.
If two names are on the title with “and” between them, both persons must come in.
All vehicles coming from out of state must have a VIN inspection from the inspector in our lobby. The cost is $20.00 in cash.
If you do not have a title due to having a lien/loan on it, you will need to contact your lender to have them mail the original paper title to the Riley County Treasurer's Office located at 110 Courthouse Plaza, Manhattan KS, 66502.
You will then need to come to the Riley County Treasurer's Office with your out-of-state registration and your proof of insurance.
You will have to pay $20.00 in cash for a VIN inspection.
Your title will then become a Kansas Electronic Title.
All out-of-state titles for used vehicles require inspection. The fee is $20.00 CASH ONLY and can be done in the lobby of the Riley County Office Building, 110 Courthouse Plaza, Manhattan KS.
• Tuesday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
• Wednesday 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
• Thursday 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
A designee will also be at the Riley County Office Building Tuesdays from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm to do Out of State Titles with Rebuilt Salvage Branding, Non-Highway title, and Salvage title inspections.
Yes. You first have to acquire a title in your name before it can be sold to another individual or business.
Business vehicles should be registered in the business name in the county where the business is located. Personal vehicles should be registered in the county where the person resides.
No. There are no extensions.
You will need to report the plate stolen to the Riley County Police Department. Bring the tag number and current insurance card, and we will replace the tag for $3.00.
You will need to come to the office to check the availability of the wording. If available we will order the plate for $45.50, plus registration, personal property taxes and any other applicable fees.
Not if you are a student or active duty military stationed at Fort Riley.
If you have delinquent personal property taxes in ANY county in Kansas, they MUST be paid before we can perform ANY motor vehicle transactions for you.
These tag forms and many others are available on the Riley County Website under motor vehicle forms.
Yes. Mail the license plate, Kansas owners’ registration, copy of new states' driver's license, new states’ vehicle registration and the completed Out of State Refund form. Property tax will be refunded based on the remaining full months of registration. The refund will be calculated based on when we receive all documentation. Checks are mailed the next business day after applying for the refund.
Out of State Refund Form (pdf)
Drop off (drop box) or mail your license plate, current owner's registration, and the completed In-State Refund form. The refund will be calculated based on when we receive all documentation. Checks are mailed the next business day after applying for the refund.
In-State Refund Form (pdf)
Military personnel not claiming Kansas as their home state of record are usually exempt from paying personal property taxes on their vehicles. The title may be in the name of the military personnel, the spouse, or both.
Military personnel claiming Kansas as their home state of record are allowed an exemption from paying personal property taxes on no more than two (2) vehicles. The name of the military personnel must be on the title of the vehicle(s) claiming the exemption.
To view the exemption qualifications click here Military Personnel Affidavit
Leased vehicles do not qualify for the military exemption. The legal owner of a leased vehicle is the leasing company, therefore, does not qualify for the personal property exemption.
The fee to transfer is $20.50 plus the difference in the property tax plus sales tax if applicable. The names on the two titles must be the same. If the old license plate is expired it can only be transferred if it is a personalized plate or a specialty plate. If this is your renewal month, your fees will be the same as a new license plate minus the $0.50 plate fee. The old vehicle must be sold or traded in, even if it is not running. As long as the title is still in your name, the plate must stay with the vehicle.
The Kansas State Parks Passport is a way for Kansas residents to buy an annual park permit at a reduced price and with the convenience of buying it when they register their vehicles. The Passport makes it convenient and affordable for Kansans to enjoy our 25 state parks, for families to reconnect with nature and each other, and help preserve the parks for future generations. Families can enjoy a whole year of outdoor fun for less than the cost of treating the family to a night at the movies. Kansas State Parks Passport FAQs
You must complete the Kansas Disabled Parking Certificate (https://www.ksrevenue.org/pdf/tr159a.pdf) and return it to the Riley County Treasurer’s office.
The law requires re-certification every five years for verification of the status of the disabled individual.