Kansas boat registration summary is a free resource designed to inform the boating public
about registration requirements, recording methods, and title search guidelines for the
State of Kansas. The data is maintained as an open wiki forum where readers are encouraged to
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||State of Kansas
Department of Wildlife, Parks,
Boat Registration Web Site
Please contribute any experience or knowledge you may have about registering a boat
in Kansas ....
Kansas boat registrations are administered by the Department of Wildlife and Parks
in Pratt. Kansas is a registration only state and does not issue boat titles.
Titling and registration is not required in Kansas for outboard boat motors. Boat
trailer registrations and titles are required on all boats weighing over 2,000 lbs.
in Kansas. They are optional for those weighing
Sales tax applies to boat transactions and personal property taxes are assessed
There are approximately 83,775 boats registered in the State
of Kansas. This accounts for 0.7% of all nationwide
||Boat registration numbers in Kansas begin with a "KL" designation
which is followed by four numbers and
then two letters. These must be displayed on all non-documented boats along with
registration sticker tabs.
Coast Guard documented vessels
may not display the state registration numbers. However they must display the state registration tabs, an owner designated vessel name, and a hailing port. An
official documentation number must also be affixed to a visible interior location in the hull itself or an integral part of the hull.
All vessels manufactured after 1972 are required to have a 12 digit hull
identification number affixed to the vessel by the manufacturer. Owners with older boats may apply with the Marine Police Division for a hull
number assignment. State assigned hull numbers prefixed with
the letters "KAZ" are available for home made boats and those without factory
identification number inspections are not required in Kansas.
||Registration is required on all boats powered by motor or sail in
Kansas. Coast Guard documented vessels are also subject to registration. Boats
registered in other states are exempt for a visitation period of 60
Kansas is a registration only state and does not issue boat titles. Although
current registration certificates may be
recognized as proof of ownership in some cases, they do not qualify as titles when it comes
to security interests.
abandonment, theft, or destruction of a Kansas registered boat
must be reported to the Marine Police Division within 15 days.
Ownership and Liens
||Kansas does not issue boat titles therefore security interests in
non-documented boats are recorded through Uniform Commercial Code filings.
Tax liens are sometimes flagged in the state's registration
database, recorded as Uniform Commercial Code filings, shown on state revenue records,
or filed with a county clerk's office.
There are no provisions for recording mechanic's
liens or other non-secured claims against registered boats which are not documented.
If the vessel is USCG documented, a security interest may be perfected by
filing a preferred vessel mortgage. These are recorded with the National Vessel
Documentation Center with the earliest submissions taking priority. Other lien claims can be
filed in the same manner although these function as notifications only. All such filings
are indexed on the vessel's underlying abstract of title.
Boat registration records in Kansas are administered by the Department of Wildlife &
Parks. This agency does not facilitate online record searches. However, they
will check their records by telephone to see if a hull number exists and
will verify registration information if you have a copy of the certificate in
hand. If you need a print-out it will be necessary to fax or mail a boat record
request form. They will return a fax or mail a copy at no charge.
Kansas is a registration only state and does not issue boat titles. State level boat
liens are accordingly filed with the Secretary of State's Office as Uniform
Commercial Code recordings. This state does not offer online UCC searches without a
subscription. Therefore you will need to submit a UCC information request form or
use a public record vendor.
Federal tax liens on boats are not always recorded in a consistent manner and are
therefore difficult to identify. They may show up as a red flag on state
registration records, as UCC filings, in state revenue records, in a county clerks
records, or on a vessel's abstract of title for documented boats. Given these
disparities, it may be worth obtaining the services of a public record vendor that
has access to a broad range of personal property lien recordings.
Ownership, mortgage, and lien search recordings for USCG documented vessels can be
obtained by ordering an abstract of title and a copy of the certificate of
documentation from the National Vessel Documentation Center. However, these are
encoded and can be difficult to interpret, especially on older vessels with numerous
recordings. It may be worthwhile to contact a professional vessel documentation company for assistance in this
Non-recorded maritime liens may also be a factor when conducting boat title research
in Kansas. These include liabilities for items such as services, equipment, fuel,
storage, parts, supplies, and damages which can become attached to the boat itself
regardless of ownership. One of the most useful tools for doing this kind of
research is our premier boat history search database. It is a gathering of eight
nationwide databases into a single interface which can be searched by numerous
criteria. These include records for stolen boats, marine lien claims, boating
accidents, pollution incidents, auctioned boats, factory recalls, and documented
Boat Record Request Form
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