Kansas County Codes

Numbers were used to designate counties from 1930-1950. Two letter abbreviations were used from 1951-present.


  1    WY    Wyandotte                    22    NO    Neosho                     43    JW    Jewell                       64    EW    Ellsworth                85    KW    Kiowa

  2    SG    Sedgwick                        23    MN    Marion                     44    CF    Coffey                       65    OT    Ottawa                   86    ME    Meade

  3    SN    Shawnee                        24    AL    Allen                           45    DP    Doniphan                66    LC    Lincoln                    87    SD    Sheridan

  4    CR    Crawford                        25    BR    Brown                        46    JF    Jefferson                   67    BA    Barber                     88    GO    Gove

  5    MG    Montgomery                26    MP    McPherson               47    GE    Geary                       68    EK    Elk                            89    GY    Gray

  6    RN    Reno                               27    WL    Wilson                       48    RC    Rice                          69    PN    Pawnee                   90    CM    Comanche

  7    LV    Leavenworth                 28    HV    Harvey                        49    LN    Linn                           70    RO    Rooks                     91    CA    Clark

  8    CL    Cowley                            29    OS    Osage                        50    SM    Smith                        71    FI    Finney                       92    SV    Stevens

  9    BU    Butler                             30    RL    Riley                            51    HP    Harper                     72    WO    Woodson               93    HG    Hodgeman

10    CK    Cherokee                       31    MI    Miami                         52    AN    Anderson                 73    RH    Rush                        94    MT    Morton

11    LB    Labette                           32    GW    Greenwood              53    PR    Pratt                          74    DC    Decatur                  95    LG    Logan

12    SU    Sumner                         33    BT    Barton                         54    MR    Morris                      75    NS    Ness                        96    SC    Scott

13    LY    Lyon                                34    NM    Nemaha                   55    MC    Mitchell                    76    GH    Graham                  97    LE    Lane

14    SA    Saline                             35    FO    Ford                            56    OB    Osborne                    77    RA    Rawlins                   98    KE    Kearny

15    AT    Atchison                        36    CD    Cloud                          57    KM    Kingman                  78    TH    Thomas                   99    WA    Wallace

16    DG    Douglas                        37    WS    Washington               58    PL    Phillips                       79    ED    Edwards                 100    HM    Hamilton

17    BB    Bourbon                       38    EL    Ellis                               59    SF    Stafford                      80    SH    Sherman                 101    HS    Haskell

18    DK    Dickinson                     39    PT    Pottawatomie             60    RS    Russell                       81    CS    Chase                      102    WH    Wichita

19    JO    Johnson                         40    RP    Republic                      61    NT    Norton                      82    CN    Cheyenne               103    GT    Grant

20    MS    Marshall                      41    CY    Clay                              62    WB    Wabaunsee              83    TR    Trego                       104    ST    Stanton

21    FR    Franklin                        42    JA    Jackson                          63    CQ    Chautauqua             84    SW    Seward                   105    GL    Greeley

Kansas Car History

     On July 1, 1913, the state of Kansas began requiring license plates for automobiles. For the first nine years, Kansas license plates were undated. 1913 through 1920 plates are identified by the position of the letters "KAN" and by the color combination. From 1921 through 1976, dated plates were issued each year with the exception of 1943, when an unpainted metal tab was used to validate the 1942 plate. Tabs were also used in 1952 and 1953 to validate the 1951 plate. From 1977 through 1980, stickers were used to validate the 1976 base plate. New base plates were issued in 1981, 1989, 1995, 2002 and 2007 with stickers used for all other years.

     From 1913 through 1929, there was no county designation on Kansas license plates. Kansas began county coding in 1930, assigning each county a number from 1 through 105 based on the 1930 population census. The most populated county, Wyandotte, was assigned #1 and the least populated county, Greeley, was assigned #105. In 1951, the county number designation was replaced with a two letter county abbreviation embossed into the plate. If you are not sure what number or two letter code was assigned to a particular county, go to the "Kansas County Codes" section of the website.

Kansas Truck History

     From 1913 through 1920, trucks and cars used the same license plate. In 1921, Kansas began issuing truck plates. Truck plates were identified with a "T" prefix up through 1950 with the exception of 1924 when "truck" was spelled out on the plate. From 1951 through 1980, "truck" was spelled out vertically between the two-letter county code and the registration number. Like car plates, new plates for trucks were issued every year with the exception of 1943, 1952, and 1953 when metal tabs were used. 1943 truck tabs used a "T" prefix like regular truck plates but 1952 and 1953 tabs had no truck identification on them. 1975 was the last year of annually issued plates. From 1976 through 1979, truck plates were validated with stickers. In 1980, a new base plate was issued with "TK" in the upper left corner to designate a truck plate. Stickers were used on this base from 1981 through 1988. New base plates were issued in 1989, 1995 and 2002 with stickers used all other years.
     Starting around 1932, Kansas began issuing tonnage weight attachments which were attached to the regular truck plate. These attachments matched the color of the truck plate for each year and came in various weights. Beginning in 1956, these plates switched from a ton designation to the letter "M' and ranged from 6M to 24+M sizes. The last year these attachments were used was 1960. These attachments were replaced in 1961 in favor of stickers.
     Starting in 1956, truck plates were broken down into several categories including regular, farm, local and 6000 mile. Metal attachments bearing the words "regular", "farm", "local" and "6000 mile" were used to identify which category of truck. The colors matched those of the truck plate of that year. These were used through 1960 as well. They were replaced in 1961 with stickers.

Kansas Motorcycle History

     On July 1, 1913, the state of Kansas began requiring motorcycles to be registered. Like automobiles, motorcycle plates were not dated until 1921. The position of the "KAN" and the color combination are used to identify the year. The 1913 plate had slanted characters so the plate could be mounted either vertically or horizontally. Kansas motorcycle plates used a vertical format from 1914 through 1929. Beginning in 1930, a horizontal format was used and Kansas motorcycle plates have been horizontal every since.  
     Kansas motorcycle plates were not county coded until 1961. The word "cycle" was used beginning in 1961 as well. New plates were issued every year through 1975. The 1975 Kansas motorcycle base plates were validated using stickers from 1976 through 1979. In 1980, a new plate was issued and was validated with stickers through 1988.

Kansas Dealer History

     Dealer license plates are issued to car dealerships. Dealer plates were first issued in 1913 for both car and motorcycle dealers. Early dealers were given multiple identical plates with the same number. Beginning in 1930 dealer plates were given a suffix letter to distinguish individual plates. Suffix letters started at "A" and went through "Z".  After Z the next suffix was AA, then AB through AZ. Officially dealer plates are not allowed to be used on antique vehicles.

Kansas Sample History

     Sample plates were originally created to provide law enforcement and other interested parties an example of a current Kansas license plate. Later on, sample plates became available for purchase by the general public through the D.M.V. The earliest known example of a sample plate is from 1924. Sample plates are essentially not able to be registered to antique vehicles.

Kansas Trailer History

     Trailers over 2000 pounds in Kansas are required to be registered. Kansas has issued several different types of trailer plates throughout its history. The first year trailer plates were issued is 1930. Beginning sometime in the 1930's through 1960 metal weight tabs were used as well. They were replaced by a sticker beginning in 1961.