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8-127. Registration of vehicles operated in this state; exceptions; temporary operation of certain vehicles without registration, when. (a) Every owner of a motor vehicle, motorized bicycle, trailer or semitrailer intended to be operated upon any highway in this state, whether such owner is a resident of this state or another state, or such motor vehicle, motorized bicycle, trailer or semitrailer is based in this state or another state, before any such vehicle is operated in this state, shall apply for and obtain registration in this state under the provisions of K.S.A. 8-126 to 8-149, inclusive, and amendments thereto, except as otherwise provided by law or by any interstate contract, agreement, arrangement or declaration made by the director of vehicles.

(b) Any truck or truck tractor bearing registration of a state other than Kansas which is engaged in intrastate movements within this state shall have Kansas registration, except such vehicles which are registered under the provisions of K.S.A. 8-1,101 to 8-1,123, inclusive, and amendments thereto, and except such vehicles as are entitled to engage in intrastate movements within this state under any interstate contract, agreement, consent, arrangement or declaration made by the director of vehicles.

(c) Whenever any person has a current motorcycle, motorized bicycle, passenger vehicle, truck or truck tractor registration and license plate for a vehicle which has been sold, traded or otherwise disposed of not later than 60 days, inclusive of weekends and holidays, after acquiring another motorcycle, motorized bicycle, passenger vehicle, truck or truck tractor to which the registration and license plate will be transferred and such person has complied with all of the conditions precedent to the transfer of the registration except having the registration transferred in the office of the county treasurer, such person may operate the motorcycle, motorized bicycle, passenger vehicle, truck or truck tractor acquired for a period of not to exceed 60 days, inclusive of weekends and holidays, after acquiring the same and pending transferral of registration and license plate in the office of the county treasurer by displaying the motorcycle license plate on the motorcycle acquired, the motorized bicycle license plate on the motorized bicycle acquired, the passenger vehicle license plate on the passenger vehicle acquired, or the truck or truck tractor license plate on the truck or truck tractor acquired. If the acquired vehicle is a new vehicle, such person also must carry and have in possession the assigned certificate of title or bill of sale when operating the acquired vehicle during such sixty-day period.

History: L. 1929, ch. 81, § 5; L. 1955, ch. 44, § 1; L. 1963, ch. 48, § 2; L. 1968, ch. 180, § 1; L. 1971, ch. 16, § 1; L. 1971, ch. 17, § 1; L. 1978, ch. 30, § 1; L. 1980, ch. 29, § 1; L. 1985, ch. 43, § 3; L. 2012, ch. 130, § 1; July 1.

Cross References to Related Sections:

Autonomous motor vehicles, see 8-2907.

Exemption of certain nonresidents, see 8-138.

Proof as to personal property taxes, see 8-173, 8-177.

Law Review and Bar Journal References:

"Criminal Law—Random Spot Check for Driver's License and Motor Vehcile Registration Held Unconstitutional—Delaware v. Prouse," Thomas L. Griswold, 28 K.L.R. 345, 354 (1980).

Attorney General's Opinions:

Registration of vehicles, exceptions; all-terrain vehicles. 85-62.

Registration of vehicles; all-terrain vehicles; operation. 85-63.

Registration of motor vehicles operated in Kansas; exceptions; leased vehicles. 90-112.

Registration of vehicles; application; county of registration. 92-50.

Collection of past due or underpaid motor vehicle taxes; duties of county treasurer and sheriff; liens; failing to send notice. 92-129.

Application for vehicle registration; county of registration for corporate entities. 94-61.

Motor vehicle registration statutes and safety equipment statutes are uniformly applicable to all cities; registration of golf carts. 97-78.

Motor vehicles purchased outside state; date to be used in pro-rating property taxes. 97-86.

"Motor scooters" — required to be registered, operators to have driver's license. 2001-39.


1. City under no duty to furnish reasonably safe streets for unlicensed vehicle. Miller v. City of El Dorado, 152 K. 379, 381, 103 P.2d 835.

2. Gift of automobile valid although donee failed to comply herewith. In re Baumstimler, 159 K. 316, 319, 153 P.2d 927.

3. Mentioned; prosecution for failure to obtain registration certificates; motor vehicle reciprocity act construed. State v. Teeslink, 177 K. 268, 270, 278 P.2d 591.

4. Title not furnished; sale void; recovery of purchase price and damages. Tilson v. Newell, 179 K. 73, 78, 293 P.2d 227.

5. "Owner" considered in holding sale without assignment of title under K.S.A. 8-135 void. Maryland Cas. Co. v. American Family Insurance Group, 199 K. 373, 378, 429 P.2d 931.

6. Cited; sale of mobile home without bill of sale held fraudulent and void. Wilcox Trailer Sales, Inc. v. Miller, 200 K. 315, 319, 322, 436 P.2d 860.

7. Vehicles not required to be registered by owner-lessors under provisions of statute. Grain Belt Transportation Co. v. United States, 465 F.2d 1202.

8. Mini-bike operated on highway required to be registered for purposes of K.S.A. 40-3109(a)(3). Kresyman v. State Farm Ins., 5 K.A.2d 666, 668, 669, 623 P.2d 524.

9. State v. Groves, 7 K.A.2d 545; reversed, see State v. Groves, 232 K. 66 (1982).

10. Concrete pump/boom truck is not a self-propelled crane or road machinery and is not exempt from motor vehicle registration. State v. Groves, 232 K. 66, 67, 653 P.2d 457 (1982).

11. Governmental entity now comparatively liable to one injured by street defect while illegally operating vehicle (K.S.A. 75-6103(a), 60-258). Eli v. Board of Sedgwick County Comm'rs, 235 K. 684, 681 P.2d 673 (1984).

12. Previous exemption on particular vehicle held as bar to conviction under doctrine of collateral estoppel. State v. Parson, 15 K.A.2d 374, 375, 808 P.2d 443 (1991).

13. State registration of motor vehicles not required of bona fide nonresident military personnel. In re Tax Appeal of Karsten, 22 K.A.2d 882, 886, 924 P.2d 1272 (1996).

14. Indian nations are included in the definition of "state" for motor vehicle registration reciprocity purposes. State v. Wakole, 24 K.A.2d 397, 398, 945 P.2d 421 (1997).

15. Farm premises insurance covered accident involving unregistered motorcycle crossing highway dividing farm premises; motorcycle not subject to registration under facts. Farm Bur. Mut. Ins. Co. v. Kurtenbach, 265 K. 465, 472, 961 P.2d 53 (1998).

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