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If a vehicle has been involved in an accident and declared to be a total loss by the owner or the insurance company, the Kansas Department of Motor Vehicles will brand it with a salvage title. 

Generally, a salvage title car cannot be driven on public roads in Kansas until it has been adequately repaired, inspected, rebranded as “rebuilt” or “revived”, registered, and insured. 

This page will cover the salvage title process in Kansas, and provide you with tips on how to get a salvage vehicle back on the road. 

For official information or questions about your specific situation, please contact your local Kansas DMV office or visit the official DMV website:

What is a Salvage Title in Kansas?

Like many other states, a salvage title in Kansas means that the vehicle has been reported to the DMV to be a total loss, wrecked, or damaged to the point where it is no longer roadworthy. 

Kansas salvage title cars cannot be driven until they have been repaired and inspected. 

Vehicles that have been issued a non-repairable title can never be titled and registered again. 

How to Get a Salvage Title Cleared in Kansas

After the salvage vehicle has been properly repaired, you’ll need to take it to a Kansas Highway Patrol motor vehicle inspection station to receive a Motor Vehicle Examination certificate (Form MVE-1). 

Once the inspection is complete, you’ll be able to title and re-register it. 

You’ll need to visit your local county treasurer’s office with the following:

  • The completed examination certificate. 
  • Proof of ownership with the salvage title. 
  • An application for title and registration. 
  • Proof of car insurance. 
  • Payment for your registration and title fees. 

The newly issued Kansas title will be branded as “rebuilt salvage.”

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