Resources for Relocating to Kansas City
Our relocation book is a useful guide for people considering a move to the Kansas City area. It's filled
with helpful information that illustrates what you can expect when starting a new life in the metro area.
If you don't have a relocation book and would like one,
simply submit a request to our relocation department.
In addition to the relocation book, you can click on the
below links for more information about the following:
Driver's License Vehicle Registration[Back to top]
Obtaining your new KS or MO driver's license is one of the first things you'll want to do when you arrive.
The information below explains what is required to get your new license and to transfer your vehicle registration.
New to Kansas
New residents have 90 days from the date of established
residency in Kansas to obtain a new license. Non-resident
full-time students (at least 12 credit hours per semester)
and active military personnel are not required to obtain
Applicants with a valid out-of-state license must:
- Present acceptable proof of identity.
- Have a valid license that is not canceled, suspended, or revoked in any state.
- Pass a vision examination.
- Pay applicable fees.
Kansas driver's licenses are issued at these offices:
Johnson County - Mission
6507 Johnson Dr.
Mission, KS 66202
Johnson County - Olathe
20162 W 151st. St.
Olathe, KS 66061
Wyandotte County - Kansas City
1951 N 63rd Dr.
Kansas City, KS 66104
Vehicle Registration can be completed at these offices:
Johnson County - Mission
Mission, KS 66202
Johnson County - Olathe
782 N Ridgeview Rd.
Olathe, KS 66061
Wyandotte County - Kansas City
710 N 7th St.
Kansas City, KS 66101
See Kansas Department of Revenue for more details.
New to Missouri
A new Missouri resident has 30 days to surrender the out-of-state driver's license and apply for the
appropriate Missouri driver's license. All Missouri residents who wish to receive a driver's license must
provide proof of residency, identity, and legal presence in the United States.
Testing requirements for new Missouri residents depend on the status of the driver's out-of-state license.
A driver with an out-of-state license that is currently valid or has been expired for less than 184 days will
need to complete a short vision screening and road sign recognition test.
Missouri driver's licenses and vehicle registrations are issued at these offices:
Cass County - Belton
325 Main St.
Belton, MO 64012
Cass County - Harrisonville
2773 N Cantrell Rd.
Harrisonville, MO 64701
Clay County - Gladstone
310 NW Englewood Rd.
Gladstone, MO 64118
Clay County - Liberty
7000 Liberty Dr.
Liberty, MO 64068
Jackson County - Grandview
1200 Main St.
Grandview, MO 64030
Jackson County - Independence
16647 E 23rd St.
Independence, MO 64055
Jackson County - Kansas City
615 E 13th St., Suite 111
Kansas City, MO 64106
Jackson County - Lee's Summit
1950 NE Independence Ave.
Lee's Summit, MO 64064
Jackson County - Raytown
6150 Raytown Tfwy.
Raytown, MO 64133
Platte County - Parkville
6523 N Cosby Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64151
See Missouri Department of Revenue for more details.
Education in Kansas City[Back to top]
Kansas City's education choices are as plentiful as they are respected. From special needs to private and parochial schools
to colleges and universities, Kansas City is the ideal place for a lifetime of learning. Look at the list below to find a school to
begin or continue your academic pursuits.
In addition to these options, you can explore home schooling in Kansas and home schooling in Missouri.
Colleges & Universities
Two-year commuter schools, regional colleges and major state
universities are all higher education opportunities available
within or a short drive from the metropolitan area.
Private & Parochial Schools
Whether you are looking for a school whose educational philosophy closely matches your own values,
or you just want your children to attend a school that holds its students to higher academic and personal
standards, you'll find one that's a great fit in Kansas City.
Kansas City has many schools that offer tailored education and nurturing environments for families with children
who have special needs. These schools and their highly-qualified staff carefully assess each student and provide
them extra attention to give them the best chance at academic success.
4901 Reinhardt Dr., Suite A
Roeland Park, KS 66205
Preschool & Day Care
Choosing the right child care program is an important decision. Luckily, quality licensed day care and preschool are
abundant in the Kansas City area. Parents are urged to closely look at each facility to find the best fit.
With locations around Kansas City, highly trained teachers use Montessori principles of self-direction and experiential education to interact with children.
This non-profit agency provides referrals for childcare in the Johnson County and surrounding region.
8855 Long St.
Lenexa, KS 66215
With locations in Johnson County, highly trained teachers guide children ages six weeks to 6 years through play and fun preparing them for social and academic success.
KinderCare Learning Centers
With more than 20 locations in the Kansas City area, KinderCare focuses on providing high quality early childhood care and education programs. They also ensure parent involvement and communication.
La Petite Academy
With more than 15 locations in the Kansas City areas, La Petite's child care facilities are centered on the early education of children. Its goal is to provide a safe, fun environment for children ages six weeks to 12 years old to grow with age appropriate programs.
YMCA of Greater Kansas City
This nationally recognized YMCA provides caring, safe and positive child care facilities all over the Kansas City area. Type of care may vary by location.
3100 Broadway - Suite 1020
Kansas City, MO 64111
Health Care Providers[Back to top]
The Kansas City area is well-known throughout the region for its superior health care centers and their dedicated staff.
There are 30 acute-care hospitals around the metro and more than a dozen mental health facilities.
Hospitals around Kansas City have been recognized time and time again for their outstanding patient care and specialties like
cancer detection, cardiac treatment and reproductive disorders.
Sometimes, medical treatment is needed that falls outside the traditional care found at general hospitals.
In the cases of pediatrics, mental health, military veterans, etc., Kansas City has facilities dedicated to accommodating their unique medical needs.
Physician Referral Links
Being new to the Kansas City area, you may not be sure about how get the health care you need, schedule
a doctor's appointment or find the right provider for your condition. There are many medical advocates and
sources of information who can help direct you to the answers you're seeking.
Ask-A-Nurse (Shawnee Mission Health)
Since its founding in 1986, Shawnee Mission Health's ASK-A-NURSE program has handled more than 3 million calls. ASK-A-NURSE is staffed by registered nurses and is a free service to answer health questions 24/7, 365 days a year.
HealthCare Advocates, Inc.
HealthCare Advocates, Inc. gives membership-based access to a physician referral service, insurance disputes services, Rx price comparison, a health counselor and more.
Kansas State Board of Healing Arts
Created in 1957, the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts is the licensing and regulatory Board for many health care providers in Kansas.
The Kansas City area is home to a number of care facilities that specialize in senior living. Whether it's assisted living or a retirement community there are plenty of options to choose from.
Located on 35-acres, Aberdeen Village provides many types of care including independent living, assisted living, Alzheimer's care, nursing care and continuing care.
17500 W 119th St.
Olathe, KS 66061
John Knox Village
As the Midwest's largest continuing care retirement community, John Knox Village offers comprehensive services by caring and skilled professionals for all stages of life.
400 NW Murray Rd.
Lee's Summit, MO 64081
Sunrise Assisted Living
With four locations in Kansas and one in Missouri, seniors will find excellent service and personalized care including: assisted living, independent living, Alzheimer's care, nursing/rehabilitation hospice care and short term stays.
Kansas Department on Aging
State of Missouri - Department of Health and Senior Services
Missouri Aging Information Network
Outdoor Recreation[Back to top]
Looking to get outside for a little fresh air and activity? There are hundreds of parks, lakes, golf courses and other outdoor
destinations scattered throughout the Kansas City area. Visit one or more of the many recreational choices you'll find listed here.
Parks & Lakes
From leisurely afternoon sails to adrenaline-fueled jet-ski rides and friendly play dates to biking on trails. All of these activities
and more await you when you visit one of the Kansas City area's hundreds of parks and lakes.
7401 W Park Rd.
Blue Springs, MO 64015
11101 Raytown Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64134
31051 Melvern Lake Pkwy.
Melvern, KS 66510
5260 Pomona Dam Rd.
Vassar, KS 66543
E Meyer Blvd. and Swope Pkwy.
Kansas City, MO 64132
Golf Courses & Clubs
Regardless of skill level or budget, Kansas City is a putter's paradise with options ranging from public courses to private clubs that have hosted pro golf tournaments.
For more information about golf courses around the Kansas City area, visit kcmetrogolf.com.
Taxes[Back to top]
Kansas Property Tax
The local property tax rate is aggregate of state, county, city, school and other district levies expressed as tax per $1,000 of assessed valuation.
All property, real and tangible personal, is subject to ad valorem taxation unless expressly exempt.
All property is appraised at its fair market value. Property is assessed by the county assessor in the taxing district in which the property is located. Taxes are paid to the county treasurer.
Missouri Property Tax
The local property tax rate is an aggregate of school, city, county and state levies expressed as tax per $100 of assessed valuation.
Property is assessed on the basis of “fair or true market value”. All property, real and tangible personal, is taxable unless expressed exempt.
All real property is appraised at its fair or true market value by the county. Commercial and industrial real property (e.g. land and buildings) is assessed
an additional county surcharge designed to replace revenue losses attributable to the tax exemption business inventories.
To approximate property taxes in Kansas and Missouri, take 1.5% of the sales price of the home.
City Earnings Tax
Kansas City, Missouri residents living or working in the city pay a 1% earnings tax. No cities within Kansas impose an earnings tax; however, Kansas
residents who work in Kansas City, Missouri are subject to the Kansas City, Missouri earnings tax
For more information about taxes in Kansas, visit Kansas Department of Revenue.
For more information about taxes in Missouri, visit Missouri Department of Revenue.
Transportation[Back to top]
When you need to get somewhere - around the city or out of town, you have many transportation options available
to you. Whether you prefer to travel on the road, in the air or along the tracks, Kansas City has the means to get you
where you need to go.
Shuttles & Buses
Working as the Kansas City International Airport's exclusive scheduled ground transportation provider, SuperShuttle offers round-trip service to more than 90 hotels in the metropolitan area.
MAX (Metro Area Express)
Stopping at locations between the River Market and The Country Club Plaza, the MAX specializes in express, daily bus routes in downtown Kansas City.
The Jo (Johnson County Transit)
Since 1980, The Jo has been a transportation option for Johnson County, Kansas, and currently has more than 20 bus routes each weekday.
Daily and monthly fares are available for nine different bus routes through the Kansas City metro area.
Special Needs Transportation
Dial-a-Ride (Independence, MO)
Independence residents who are at least 60 years of age or have a disability are welcome to fill out an application.
Share-A-Fare (SAF) is a transportation program that provides specialized origin to destination service for individuals whose disability prevents them from independently using fixed-route bus service.
The Jo - Special Edition, GoodRide and EasyRide
The Jo also provides door-to-door transportation for individuals who are at least 60 years of age, have a documented disability, meet low-income guidelines, have special needs or who are making life transitions.
Amtrak provides passenger services to St. Louis, Chicago and Los Angeles with daily arrivals and departures.
Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport
Dedicated by Charles Lindbergh in 1927, this was Kansas City's first airport. Today, the airport attracts a large number of corporate, charter and recreational flyers.
Greyhound offers passengers more than 2,400 destinations in North America. The local Greyhound terminal is located off of Troost Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri.
Lee's Summit Municipal Airport
Designed to reduce congestion at larger airports, the Lee's Summit Municipal Airport provides general aviation pilots with alternate landing facilities.
Utility & Service Providers[Back to top]
When you move into your new home, you'll need to set up utilities, like water, electric and gas, as well as services
that make your home a little more comfortable, like cable and Internet.
Most city websites will have utility information.
Find your city below.
Utilities for Kansas Communities
Utilities for Missouri Communities
Kansas City Power & Light
Serving: most of Kansas City, MO and parts of Johnson Co., including East Olathe, Paola and Louisburg
Serving: Bonner Springs, Lawrence, DeSoto, West Olathe and Leavenworth
Serving: Bonner Springs, Western Johnson County, including: DeSoto, Lenexa, Shawnee, Olathe and parts of Overland Park
Serving: most of Johnson County
Missouri Gas Energy
Serving: Kansas City, Belton, Raymore, Blue Springs, Lee's Summit, Liberty, Oak Grove, St. Joseph and Smithville
Serving: Baldwin Park, Blue Springs, Blue Summit, Grain Valley, Greenwood, Independence, Lake Lotawana, Lake Tapawingo, Lake Winnebago, Lee’s Summit, Oak Grove, Odessa, Olathe, Peculiar, Pleasant Hill, Raymore, Raytown and Sugar Creek
Serving: An ever-growing coverage area around Kansas City and its suburbs
Time Warner Cable
Serving: Baldwin Park, Blue Springs, Blue Summit, Grain Valley, Greenwood, Independence, Lake Lotawana, Lake Tapawingo, Lake Winnebago, Lee’s Summit, Oak Grove, Odessa, Peculiar, Pleasant Hill, Raymore, Raytown and Sugar Creek
Voter Registration[Back to top]
Whether you live in Kansas or Missouri, you will need to register to vote in your home county. Look at the registration
offices shown below to determine where you can sign up to vote.
Jackson County (except KC)