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Know the Laws: Kansas

UPDATED September 26, 2017

Enforcing an Out-of-State Order in Kansas

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If you are planning to move to Kansas or are going to be in Kansas for any reason, your protection or restraining order can be enforced.

Registering your out-of-state order in Kansas

back to topWhat is the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) Registry? Who has access to it?

The National Crime Information Center Registry (NCIC) is a nationwide, electronic database used by law enforcement agencies in the U.S, Canada, and Puerto Rico. It is managed by the FBI and state law enforcement officials.

Before moving to Kansas, the state that issued your protection order may already have entered your order into the NCIC.  If not, your order will be entered into the NCIC once your order is registered in KS.

All law enforcement officials have access to the NCIC database, but the information is encrypted so outsiders cannot access it.

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back to topHow do I register my protection order in Kansas? Do I have to do so?

You have the option to (but are not required to) register a foreign protection order in Kansas.  There is no fee to register the order.*  To register a foreign protection order in Kansas, you must present a certified copy of the order to the sheriff in the county where the protection order will be enforced.  The sheriff will contact the courthouse where your order was issued to verify that the order is real and request that they enter the order (if it has not already been entered) into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) Registry and other appropriate databases.*  

If you need help registering your protection order, you can contact a local domestic violence organization in Kansas for assistance. You can find contact information for organizations in your area here on our KS State and Local Programs Page page.

* Kan. Stat. § 60-31b05(a),(b)
** Kan. Stat. § 60-3112

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back to topDoes it cost anything to register my protection order?

No. There is no fee for registering your protective order in Kansas.*

* Kan. Stat. § 60-31b05(b)

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back to topWill the abuser be notified if I register my protection order?

Under the federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which applies to all U.S. states and territories, the court is not permitted to notify the abuser when a protective order has been registered or filed in a new state unless you specifically request that the abuser be notified.*  However, you may wish to confirm that the clerk is aware of this law before registering the order if your address is confidential.

However, remember that there may be a possibility that the abuser could somehow find out what state you have moved to.  It is important to continue to safety plan, even if you are no longer in the state where the abuser is living.  We have some safety planning tips to get you started on our Staying Safe page.  You can also contact a local domestic violence organization to get help in developing a personalized safety plan. You will find contact information for organizations in your area on our KS State and Local Programs page.

* 18 USC § 2265(d)

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