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Conducting a license plate lookup enables one to gather key information about a vehicle, such as its make, model and year, title records, lien records and more. However, it’s important to note that not all data might be made available to all individuals to protect the driver’s privacy.

Keep reading to learn more about how to search for a Kansas license plate, what kind of information you can expect to find and the cost involved.

Three Ways to Conduct a Kansas (KS) License Lookup

Basically, there are three ways that you can go about searching for a license plate in Kansas. Each option has its pros and limitations, which are important to keep in mind.

1) Kansas Department of Revenue, Division of Vehicles

The Kansas Department of Revenue, Division of Vehicles, is the official agency in charge of issuing license plates and maintaining records in the state. So the official way to search for a license plate would be through DOV.

The Department of Revenue offers an online tool to search and view motor vehicle records. The service costs $125/year, and one must signup for the subscription. Alternatively, one also fill in this form and mail it to the following address:

534 S Kansas Ave., Suite 1210
Topeka, KS 66603-3406
Phone: 1-800-452-6727

The information is made available only to authorized individuals, law enforcement bodies, insurers and more in accordance with the federal DPPA laws.

2) Third-party public records services

Public records services like truthfinder, instantcheckmate, intelius and others may also help you look up a plate. Usually, such services rely on government, public and private sources to provide the information. It’s also worth noting such services offer a comprehensive report of the vehicle, including history, make and model, lien information and more that the DOV may not provide.

The cost can vary anywhere from free to up to $20, depending on the service.

3) LookupAPlate.com

You can also search for the license plate for free on our website and see basic information about the car, such as make, model and year. Additionally, you can also view if there were any community-reported incidents involving the vehicle and submit your own.

How to identify a Kansas license plate?

Sample Kansas License Plate

Kansas license plates have a light blue background with a state seal in white in the center. The state name “Kansas” is written at the top in black and the license number is screen printed in black at the center. Additionally, the county code is written at the top right in black and the verification sticker is placed in the top right corner.

The license plate measures 12 inches in width and 6 inches in height which is also the standard size for license plates in the United States.

The license number is a unique 6-digit alphanumeric code assigned to the vehicle by the Kansas Department of Revenue. In standard license plates, the first three characters are numbers followed by three letters. The current series was introduced in April 2007.

Kansas license number format: ABC 123.

Kansas license plate types:

In Kansas, besides the standard plates, there are a few different types of license plates and designs that you might see on the road.

Personalized Plates: These plates have a personalized image and are available for disabled, antique cars, and leasing company cars. For an additional fee, vanity license plates are also available that allow you to customize the license plate number.

Specialty Plates: There are over 60 different types of specialty license plates in Kansas. They support various causes and organizations, such as environmental organizations, universities, and military veterans.

Educational Institution License Plates

  • Benedictine College
  • Emporia State University Alumni Association
  • Fort Hays State University Alumni Association
  • Friends University Alumni Office
  • Kansas State University Alumni Association
  • University of Kansas Alumni Association
  • Pittsburg University Alumni Association
  • Washburn University Alumni Association
  • Wichita State University Alumni Association

Organizational Distinctive License Plates

  • Amateur Radio Operator
  • Antique Vehicles
  • Autism Awareness
  • Braden’s Hope
  • Children’s Trust Fund
  • City of Wichita
  • Donate Life
  • Ducks Unlimited
  • Eisenhower Foundation
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
  • Firefighter Plate for Automobiles
  • Gadsden Flag
  • Kansas 4H Foundation
  • Kansas Arts License Plates
  • Kansas Breast Cancer Research and Outreach Plate
  • Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom
  • Love, Chloe Foundation
  • Masonic Lodge
  • Shriner
  • Special Olympics

Military Distinctive License Plates

  • New Military Plates
  • Combat Wounded Purple Heart
  • Congressional Medal Of Honor
  • Disabled Veteran 
  • Ex-prisoner Of War
  • Korean War Veteran Plate
  • National Guard
  • Operation Desert Storm Plate
  • Operation Enduring Freedom Plate
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom Plate
  • Pearl Harbor Survivor
  • U.S. Veteran
  • Vietnam Veteran

Specialty plates may have their own eligibility requirements, such as being a member of the organization or having served in the military, and there is usually an additional fee for these plates.

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