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Vehicle Registration and Titling in Kentucky

Kentucky Vehicle Registration and Titling

You’ll have to register your vehicle for the first time in Kentucky if you recently:

  • Moved to Kentucky from out-of-state.


  • Purchased a vehicle.

Both situations require visiting your local county clerk’s office.

Title and Register a Vehicle in Kentucky

To title and register a vehicle, visit the county clerk’s office and provide your:

  • Photo identification.
  • Completed Application for Kentucky Certificate of Title or Registration (TC96-182).
  • Kentucky Certificate of Title transferred in your name*. Signatures must be notarized.
  • Proof of Kentucky insurance (must have an issuance date within 45 days).
  • Lien statement (if applicable).
  • Affidavit of legal name change (if your name on the title does not match your ID). This may include a:
    • Marriage certificate.
    • Divorce decree.
  • Payment for the applicable title and registration fees.

*If you moved from a state that does NOT provide titles, you must provide a bill of sale or registration document instead.

Kentucky Title and Registration Fees

Registration fees are as follows*:

  • Standard plates: $21.50
  • Motorcycle: $18.50.
  • Farm: $21.

Prices for personalized plates can be viewed here.

Title fees and taxes may vary by county.