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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I file for a Homestead and food sales tax refund?
  2. How do I protest my property tax?
  3. How do I get information on real estate?
  4. How do I get a marriage license?
  5. How do I get a copy of a birth, marriage or death certificate?
  6. How do I register a boat?
  7. How do I get a fishing license?
  8. How do I get a hunting license?
  9. I just started a new business, what do I need to do?

1.  How do I file for a Homestead and food sales tax refund?

The Sedgwick County Clerk’s office will be happy to help you prepare the forms necessary to file for these tax refunds. If you were a resident of Kansas for the entire year AND if you meet one of the following requirements you may be eligible for a Homestead or Food Sales Tax refund:

  • you are over age 55 as of January 1 of the year you are filing for;

  • were permanently disabled or blind by Social Security for the entire year you are filing for;

  • had dependent children under age 18 living with you for the year you are filing for, you may qualify for this refund.

Your total household income must be under $29,100 for a Homestead refund and under $29,700 for a Food Sales Tax refund. Another requirement for a Homestead refund is that you lived in a home that was on the tax rolls for the entire filing year. Your claim for a refund must be made by April 15 each year.

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2.  How do I protest my property tax?

In February or March you receive a validation notice on your real estate. If you are unhappy with the value, fill out the appeal form on the back of the notice and turn it into the Appraiser's office by April 15th. You will in turn have a hearing with the Appraiser's office. If you are not happy with the results of that hearing, fill out the back of your decision letter and turn it into the Clerk's office within 18 days of the date on the letter. You will then be scheduled for a hearing with the Hearing Officer Panel. In Sedgwick County, this duty is performed by the Board of the County Commissioners. If you are unhappy with that hearing, you can appeal to the Kansas Board of Tax Appeals. It is also possible to "pay under protest," or to appeal your property tax bill when you pay it in the Treasure's office. That phase of the appeal process is not a function of the Clerk's office.

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3.  How do I get information on real estate?

Square foot, lot size, special assessment, change of address, plats, township maps, property identification numbers (PIN) and key numbers, as well as ownership information can all be provided by the Clerk's office in the Real Estate Records Department. That phone number is (316) 660-9200.

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4.  How do I get a marriage license?

You need to talk to the Clerk of the District Court at (316) 660-5787. This is not a function of the Sedgwick County Clerk's Office.

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5.  How do I get a copy of a birth, marriage or death certificate?

Birth certificate applications are now available in the Clerks Office.  You can also call the Kansas Department of Vital Statistics at (785) 296-1400 or download the forms.

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6.  How do I register a boat?

You need to bring a bill of sale and the previous owner's registration to the County Clerk's office. It is important to remember that those under the of 16 must now attend a training course before operating a jet ski. For additional information contact the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks at (316) 683-8069 or visit their web site.

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7.  How do I get a fishing license?

Anyone over 16 years of age needs to obtain a Kansas fishing license, available through the County Clerk's office. Kansans over 65 can obtain a Seniors honorary hunting and fishing license, as well as a Seniors parks permit, from the County Clerk.

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8.  How do I get a hunting license?

Hunting licenses are available through the County Clerk. Those born after July 1, 1957 must attend a Hunter Safety course provided by the Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks, (316) 683-8069.

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9. I just started a new business, what do I need to do?

There may be special permits or licenses necessary for your business.  In general, all businesses should check the zoning in their area.  In addition, it is important to file a personal property rendition with the County Appraiser’s office for all business related property.  Sales tax questions should be directed to the Kansas Department of Revenue – 1-877-526-7738.

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