I read the letter from Kathy White published Friday, November 18, and since my office is responsible for the Titling and Registration of motor vehicles I will try to explain the fees for vehicle registration. First of all, Ms. White had a great question and everyone should know what fees are collected and how they are distributed.

The rules and regulations for registering all vehicles are spelled out in detail in Kansas Statutes. Any change in the fee structure must be approved by the Kansas Legislature through legislation. The state of Kansas is responsible for the registration of all vehicles and Kansas statutes have authorized the County Treasurer to act as an “agent of the state” for these duties.

The registration of vehicles is done annually. The annual registration fee for standard automobiles is currently $42.25. Heavier cars and light trucks are $52.25. These amounts include the following.

$42.25 standard automobile

$30 - Annual Registration

$4 – DMV Modernization Fee

$5 – County Service Fee

$2 – KHP Staffing and Training Fee

$1.25 – Law Enforcement Training Center Fee

$52.25 heavy auto & light truck

$40 – Annual Registration

$4 – DMV Modernization Fee

$5 – County Service Fee

$2 – KHP Staffing and Training Fee

$1.25 – Law Enforcement Training Center Fee

The county sends all but $5.75 of these fees to the state by EFT daily. The county keeps .75 of the annual registration fee and the $5 county service fee. This amount is used to pay all salaries and expenses for operating the motor vehicle office. No levied property tax is used to pay motor vehicle operation expenses. The remaining $29.25 of the annual registration is sent to KDOT as part of their annual budget and these fees have been the same for several years.

The $4 DMV Modernization Fee started January 1, 2009, due to legislation passed in 2008. From 2009 through 2012, the modernization fee was used by the Kansas Department of Revenue to pay for the statewide motor vehicle computer system (MOVRS). The new system replaced a 30 year old computer system for vehicle registration. The legislature reauthorized the fee during the 2012 legislative session moving the fee to KDOT for the highway fund.

In 2016, legislation was passed which created the $2 KHP Staffing and Training Fee and the $1.25 Law Enforcement Training Center Fee. These fees have been collected since July 1, 2016. The $2 fee is used by the Kansas Highway Patrol to pay salaries, training, and related expenses. The $1.25 fee is used by the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center to support the training of local police and sheriff’s officers.

Your annual registration also includes motor vehicle property tax that is collected and distributed by the treasurer to all taxing entities. As a vehicle ages, the property tax decreases slightly each year until it reaches the minimum amount of $24. Most vehicles reach that amount when the vehicle age is somewhere around 18-20 years. I hope citizens find this information useful and please contact the Treasurer’s office with any questions.

— Joe Grisolano, Crawford County Treasurer