Kentucky Car Title Transfer and Registration

Vehicle registration must be completed with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KTC) in order to drive on state roadways.  So what do you need to take with you to complete your transaction the first time? It depends on how you own your automobile (leasing, making payments, or owner with title) and how you want to register (single, joint, business or transfer to family member) your automobile.

When you move to Kentucky, you will need to register your vehicle at the county clerk’s office within 15 days.

Vehicle Registration & Title Transfer Process

To obtain vehicle registration, go to the county clerk’s office and submit the following:

  • A certified vehicle inspection by a sheriff from your new county.
  • A completed Application for Kentucky Certificate of Title/Registration (Form TC 96-182).
  • The original title from your previous state.
    • If you do not have the title because you have a loan on the vehicle, the county clerk’s office will need to request it from the lienholder or whoever has the title.
  • 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.

New residents with a leased vehicle must go to the county clerk’s office and submit:

  • A certified vehicle inspection by a sheriff from your new county.
  • The power of attorney from the leasing company that allows you to register the vehicle.
  • Address and contact information for the leasing company. The county clerk’s office will need to contact the leasing company to get title information.
  • A completed Application for Kentucky Certificate of Title/Registration (Form TC 96-182).
  • Proof of Kentucky car insurance.
  • Statement of sales tax paid on leasing company letterhead.
  • Driver’s license or picture ID.
  • Payment of all Kentucky registration fees and taxes.

To be sure you have everything you need before getting in line at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KTC) county clerks office, visit www.transfermyauto.com, answer 3 to 5 questions to generate a checklist of what is needed. Military personnel often get tax breaks in many states, your checklist will indicate if this is the case.

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