Kansas Statutes Annotated
Updated Through the 2014 Legislative Session
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AUTOMOBILES AND OTHER VEHICLES
Vehicle identification number; check of assembled vehicles by
highway patrol; original Kansas certificates of title on out-of-state vehicles;
check by designee or employee of new vehicle dealer, when; fees and disposition
8-116a. Vehicle identification number; check of assembled vehicles by highway patrol; original Kansas certificates of title on out-of-state vehicles; check by designee or employee of new vehicle dealer, when; fees and disposition thereof. (a) Except as provided in K.S.A. 8-170, and amendments thereto, when an application is made for a vehicle which has been assembled, reconstructed, reconstituted or restored from one or more vehicles, or the proper identification number of a vehicle is in doubt, the procedure in this section shall be followed. The owner of the vehicle shall request the Kansas highway patrol to check the vehicle and the highway patrol shall within a reasonable period of time perform such vehicle check. At the time of such check the owner shall supply the highway patrol with information concerning the history of the various parts of the vehicle. Such information shall be supplied by affidavit of the owner, if so requested by the highway patrol. If the highway patrol is satisfied that the vehicle contains no stolen parts and complies with K.S.A. 8-116, and amendments thereto, the highway patrol shall determine the make, model and year of the vehicle, and shall assign an existing or new identification number to the vehicle and direct the places and manner in which the identification number is to be located and affixed or implanted. A charge of $15 per hour or part thereof, with a minimum charge of $15, and on and after July 1, 2012, a charge of $20 per hour or part thereof, with a minimum charge of $20, shall be made to the owner of a vehicle requesting check under this subsection, and such charge shall be paid prior to the check under this section. When a check has been made under subsection (b), not more than 60 days prior to a check of the same vehicle identification number, requested by the owner of the vehicle to obtain a regular certificate of title in lieu of a nonhighway certificate of title or obtain a rebuilt salvage title in lieu of a salvage title, no charge shall be made for such second check.
(b) Any person making application for any original Kansas title for a used vehicle which, at the time of making application, is titled in another jurisdiction, as a condition precedent to obtaining any Kansas title, shall have such vehicle checked by the Kansas highway patrol for verification that the vehicle identification number shown on the foreign title is genuine and agrees with the identification number on the vehicle. Checks under this section may include inspection for possible violation of K.S.A. 2014 Supp. 21-5835, and amendments thereto, or other evidence of possible fraud. The verification shall be made upon forms prescribed by the division of vehicles which shall contain such information as the secretary of revenue shall require by rules and regulations. A charge of $15 per hour or part thereof, with a minimum charge of $15, and on and after July 1, 2012, a charge of $20 per hour or part thereof, with a minimum charge of $20, shall be made for checks under this subsection. When a vehicle is registered in another state, but is financed by a Kansas financial institution and is repossessed in another state and such vehicle will not be returned to Kansas, the check required by this subsection shall not be required to obtain a valid Kansas title or registration.
(c) As used in this act, "identification number" or "vehicle identification number" means an identifying number, serial number, engine number, transmission number or other distinguishing number or mark, placed on a vehicle, engine, transmission or other essential part by its manufacturer or by authority of the division of vehicles or the Kansas highway patrol or in accordance with the laws of another state or country.
(d) The checks made under subsection (b) may be made by:
(1) A designee of the superintendent of the Kansas highway patrol; or
(2) an employee of a new vehicle dealer, as defined in subsection (b) of K.S.A. 8-2401, and amendments thereto, for the purposes provided for in subsection (f). For checks made by a designee or new vehicle dealer, 10% of each charge shall be remitted to the Kansas highway patrol and the balance of such charges shall be retained by such designee or new vehicle dealer. If the designee is a city or county law enforcement agency, then the balance shall be retained by the law enforcement agency that conducted the inspection and shall be deposited into an account to be used for law enforcement purposes and shall not be used to supplant the law enforcement agency's budget. When a check is made under either subsection (a) or (b) by personnel of the Kansas highway patrol, the entire amount of the charge therefor shall be paid to the highway patrol.
(e) There is hereby created the vehicle identification number fee fund. The Kansas highway patrol shall remit all moneys received by the Kansas highway patrol from fees collected under subsection (d) to the state treasurer in accordance with the provisions of K.S.A. 75-4215, and amendments thereto. Upon receipt of each such remittance, the state treasurer shall deposit the entire amount in the state treasury to the credit of the vehicle identification number fee fund. All expenditures from the vehicle identification number fee fund shall be made in accordance with appropriations acts upon warrants of the director of accounts and reports issued pursuant to vouchers approved by the superintendent of the Kansas highway patrol or by a person or persons designated by the superintendent.
(f) An employee of a new vehicle dealer, who has received initial training and certification from the highway patrol, and has met continuing certification requirements, in accordance with rules and regulations adopted by the superintendent of the highway patrol, may provide the checks under subsection (b), in accordance with rules and regulations adopted by the superintendent of the highway patrol, on motor vehicles that a new vehicle dealer purchases through a manufacturer's sponsored auction or on motor vehicles repurchased or reacquired by a manufacturer, distributor or financing subsidiary of such manufacturer and which are purchased by the new vehicle dealer. At any time, after a hearing in accordance with the provisions of the Kansas administrative procedure act, the superintendent of the highway patrol may revoke, suspend, decline to renew or decline to issue certification for failure to comply with the provisions of this subsection, including any rules and regulations.
(g) No law enforcement agency or employee of such agency acting within the scope of employment shall be liable for damages resulting from the adoption or enforcement of any policy adopted under this section.
History: L. 1984, ch. 25, § 11; L. 1985, ch. 40, § 2; L. 1985, ch. 41, § 1; L. 1987, ch. 41, § 1; L. 1998, ch. 140, § 6; L. 2000, ch. 73, § 2; L. 2001, ch. 5, § 24; L. 2002, ch. 190, § 1; L. 2011, ch. 45, § 1; L. 2011, ch. 91, § 1; L. 2014, ch. 21, § 2; July 1.
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