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By law, vehicles that are not designed for operation on public roads or that qualify as "motorized bicycles"  are not motor vehicles.  Kansas statutes define "motor vehicle"  as every other vehicle, other than a motorized bicycle or a mortorized wheelchair, which is self-propelled.  [K.S.A. 8-126(aa) & (b); K.S.A. 8-1439a]

Off road vehicles such as snowmobiles, ATVs, off road motorcycles, RUV's (Recreational Utility Vehicles), Micro-Utility Vehicles and motorized bicycles (mopeds) are typically not classified as motor vehicles.  Vehicles that are not motor vehicles are classified within the "Other" subclass of personal property and appraised at their market value as of January 1.  Personal property in the "Other" subclass, with the exception of watercraft, is not prorated onto or off of the tax roll when it is purchased or sold during the year.   (For example, you bought an ATV on May 13, 2009.  You would not be on the tax roll until January 1, 2010.)

A bill of sale should be presented to the Appraiser's Office, once one of the Non-Highway vehicles is acquired or purchased.