Session Law

Identifying Information:L. 2002 ch. 100
Other Identifying Information:2002 House Bill 2675
Tax Type:Vehicles
Brief Description:An Act relating to motor vehicles; concerning personalized license plates; amending K.S.A. 8-132 and 8-133 and repealing the existing sections.
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CHAPTER 100

HOUSE BILL No. 2675

An Act relating to motor vehicles; concerning personalized license plates; amending

K.S.A. 8-132 and 8-133 and repealing the existing sections.


Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:

Section 1. K.S.A. 8-132 is hereby amended to read as follows: 8-132.

(a) Subject to the provisions of this section and K.S.A. 8-1,125, and

amendments thereto, the division of vehicles shall furnish to every owner

whose vehicle shall be registered one license plate for such vehicle. Such

license plate shall have displayed on it the registration number assigned

to the vehicle and to the owner thereof, the name of the state, which may

be abbreviated, and the year or years for which it is issued. The same

type of license plates shall be issued for passenger motor vehicles, rented

without a driver, as are issued for private passenger vehicles.

(b) During calendar year 1975 commencing on the effective date of

this act, and during every fifth calendar year thereafter, the division of

vehicles, shall furnish one license plate for any type of vehicle an owner

registers or has the registration thereof renewed, but during the suc-

ceeding four-year period following calendar year 1975 and during the

succeeding four-year period following every fifth calendar year subse-

quent to 1975, the division of vehicles shall not furnish any license plate

for the renewal of a vehicle's registration. During calendar year 1976 and

during each calendar year thereafter in which a license plate is not issued

for the renewal of registration of a vehicle, the division of vehicles shall

furnish one decal for the license plate issued for a vehicle as provided in

K.S.A. 8-134, and amendments thereto, for each registration and renewal

of registration of such vehicle. Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions

of this subsection, whenever, in the discretion of the director of vehicles,

it is determined that the license plates currently being issued and dis-

played are not deteriorating to the extent that their replacement is war-

ranted, the director may adopt rules and regulations to extend the five-

year issuance cycle provided for in this subsection by one year at a time,

and in the same manner the director may further extend such cycle by

one year at a time, successively as the director determines appropriate.

If the cycle is extended, at the expiration of the extended term, new

license plates shall again be issued in the manner and for the term pro-

vided in such rules and regulations.

(c) Two personalized license plates may be issued to any owner or

lessee of a passenger vehicle or a truck licensed for a gross weight of not

more than 20,000 pounds, who makes proper application to the division

of vehicles not less than 60 days prior to such owner's or lessee's renewal

of registration date. Such application shall be on a form prescribed by

the division and accompanied by a fee of $40, which shall be in addition

to any other fee required to renew the registration of such passenger

vehicle under the laws of this state. One such personalized license plate

shall be displayed on the rear of the vehicle and the other shall be dis-

played on the front of the vehicle. One such personalized license plate

shall be displayed on the rear of the vehicle and, at the option of the

owner or lessee, the other license plate may be displayed on the front of

the vehicle, except that no registration decal shall be issued pursuant to

K.S.A. 8-134, and amendments thereto, for any such license plate dis-

played on the front of such vehicle. One personalized license plate may

be issued to any owner of a motorcycle upon proper application in the

same manner provided in this subsection (c) for passenger vehicles and

trucks. Such personalized license plate shall be displayed on the rear of

the motorcycle. Such The $40 fee shall be paid only once during the

registration period for which such license plates were issued, and any

subsequent renewals during the registration period shall be subject only

to the registration fee prescribed by K.S.A. 8-143, and amendments

thereto. The division shall design distinctive, personalized license plates

to be issued which shall contain not more than seven letters or numbers

on truck or passenger vehicle license plates and not more than five letters

or numbers on motorcycle license plates, or a combination thereof, to be

designated by the applicant in lieu of the letters and numbers required

by K.S.A. 8-147, and amendments thereto, other than the letters required

to designate the county in which such vehicle is registered. Unless the

letters or numbers designated by the applicant have been assigned to

another vehicle of the same type registered in the same county, or unless

the letters or numbers designated by the applicant have a profane, vulgar,

lewd or indecent meaning or connotation, as determined by the director

of vehicles, the division shall assign such letters or numbers to the appli-

cant's vehicle, and the letters or numbers, or combination thereof, so

assigned shall be deemed the registration number of such vehicle. Subject

to the foregoing provisions, all license plates issued under this section

shall be manufactured in accordance with K.S.A. 8-147, and amendments

thereto. Such license plates shall be issued for a registration period of

five years commencing in 1985 and each five years thereafter.

The secretary of revenue shall adopt rules and regulations necessary to

carry out the provisions of this act, including, without limitation, rules

and regulations concerning (1) the procedure for insuring that duplicate

license plates are not issued in the same county, (2) the procedure for

reserving distinctive license plates for the purpose of obtaining the same

on each annual renewal of registration, (3) the procedure for allowing the

transfer of personalized license plates from one vehicle to another for

which such license plates were originally issued, when the title to the

original vehicle has not been transferred and the name or names of the

owner or owners listed on the titles to both vehicles are identical, and (4)

procedures necessary to coordinate this act with other laws of this state

governing registration of vehicles. The director of vehicles shall remit all

moneys received by the division of vehicles under this section 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 state highway fund.

Sec. 2. K.S.A. 8-133 is hereby amended to read as follows: 8-133.

The license plate assigned to the vehicle shall be attached to the rear

thereof and shall be so displayed during the current registration year or

years, and no Kansas registration plate for any other year shall appear on

the front of the vehicle, except that: (a) The license plate issued for a

truck tractor shall be attached to the front of the truck tractor and ; (b)

a model year license plate may be attached to the front of an antique

vehicle, in accordance with K.S.A. 8-172, and amendments thereto; or (c)

a personalized license plate as authorized under subsection (c) of K.S.A.

8-132, and amendments thereto, may be attached to the front of a pas-

senger vehicle or truck. Beginning in 1985 and thereafter two personal-

ized license plates may be issued for passenger vehicles and trucks li-

censed for a gross weight of not more than 20,000 pounds. One such

personalized license plate shall be displayed on the rear of the vehicle

and the other shall be displayed on the front of the vehicle, but no reg-

istration decal shall be issued for any plate affixed to the front of a vehicle

pursuant to K.S.A. 8-134, and amendments thereto. Every license plate

shall at all times be securely fastened to the vehicle to which it is assigned

so as to prevent the plate from swinging, and at a height not less than 12

inches from the ground, measuring from the bottom of such plate, in a

place and position to be clearly visible, and shall be maintained free from

foreign materials and in a condition to be clearly legible. During any

period in which the construction of license plates has been suspended

pursuant to the provisions of K.S.A. 8-132, and amendments thereto, the

plate, tag, token, marker or sign assigned to such vehicle shall be attached

to and displayed on such vehicle in such place, position, manner and

condition as shall be prescribed by the director of vehicles.

Sec. 3. K.S.A. 8-132 and 8-133 are hereby repealed.

Sec. 4. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its

publication in the statute book.

Approved May 13, 2002.


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Date Composed: 10/10/2002 Date Modified: 10/10/2002