✅ Updated October 2020
Ultimate guide to Registering your Vehicle in Kentucky
Here's the ultimate guide to registering your vehicle in Kentucky. We've simplified the entire process for you so you can save time.
What You’ll Need to Register your Vehicle in Kentucky
New-to-state KY car title transfers
- Certified vehicle inspection from your county’s sheriff department to verify your vehicle identity number (VIN).
- Proof of insurance dated within 45 days.
- Driver’s license or photo ID.
- Completed (TC96-182) and signed-over title. If your state only issues a registration or bill of sale, bring those in place of the signed-over title.
- Payment for the fee.
In-State Vehicle Titling
- Proof of Kentucky insurance (issue date within 45 days)
- Photo ID
- Completed(TC96-182) and signed-over Kentucky title.
- A certified vehicle inspection by a sheriff from your new county.
- A completed Application for Kentucky Certificate of Title/Registration
- The original title from your previous state.
- Your current registration from the previous state.
- Proof of auto insurance in Kentucky.
- Driver's license or picture ID.
- Proof of payment for all taxes from your previous state.
- Payment of all Kentucky registration fees and taxes.
What You’ll Do to Register your Vehicle in Kentucky
- Step 1. Visit your local Circuit County Clerk’s Office in your county of residence.
- Step 2. Present all your documents stated above.
- Step 3. Make a payment for the fee.
- Step 4. Wait for your title/registration certificate to be released.
Caveats and Exceptions in Registering your Vehicle in Kentucky
- A person who brings a motor vehicle into the Commonwealth of Kentucky shall make the application for registration within 15 days in the county in which the person resides.
- A student attending college inside Kentucky can keep home-state registration and insurance as long as they keep a current student identification card from Kentucky college, University or technical college in their possession at all times when driving in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
- Vehicles registered in Kentucky are not required to get safety or emissions inspections. A vehicle is required to get a vehicle identification number (VIN) inspection performed by a sheriff before you can register it for the first time.
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