✅ Updated January 2022

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.

Vehicle Registration


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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