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All motor vehicles operated upon Kentucky roadways must be titled and registered. Any vehicle owned by a Kentucky resident or that is primarily operated upon the roadways of the Commonwealth may submit an application for a Kentucky Certificate of Title and Registration at the county clerk’s office in the owner’s county of residence or the county where the vehicle is primarily operated.

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Kentucky License Plates & Placards

You must register a vehicle in Kentucky within 15 days of becoming a resident or purchasing a vehicle. Kentucky vehicles must have a license plate issued by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KTC). Your license plate must have a sticker identifying the month and year the registration expires.

To replace a lost or stolen plate, the County Clerk will issue a standard issue plate and submit a request to have the plate remade. When a personalized plate is damaged, it must be returned to the County Clerk’s office in the customer’s county of residence. The County Clerk will issue the customer a standard issue plate and submit a request to have the damaged personalized plate remade.

Types of Kentucky License Plates

Kentucky issues over 150 different types of passenger and motorcycle license plates. License plates can be categorized into the following types: Regular (Standard Issue), Special, University, Independent College, Military, Military Motorcycle, Miscellaneous, Disabled, and Special Motorcycle Plates. For a list and image of all plates, visit the Plate List application page.

Standard issue passenger plates (Unbridled Spirit and In God We Trust), the standard issue motorcycle plate, military plates and special plates can be personalized. All personalized plate requests must be pre-approved by the Cabinet’s Personalized Plate Review Committee prior to submitting an application to your County Clerk.

Transferring of License Plates in Kentucky

If a vehicle has been issued a special license plate and the owner of the vehicle wishes to surrender the plate and exchange it for a different special license plate, the owner may, at the time he or she renews the vehicle’s annual registration, exchange the special plate without being required to obtain a regular registration plate.

An owner requesting to exchange a special license plate shall be required to surrender the special license plate issued to the vehicle and the appropriate certificate of registration to the county clerk of the county where the person lives.

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Check for accidents. Every year, approximately 6.0 million automobile accidents are reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

  1. Check for title brands. Flood, hail-damage, and salvage titles are examples of critical title brands.
  2. Check for special purpose designations, including taxi-use, rental-use, or police-use.
  3. Check for thefts. Lookup a VIN to check for an active theft or previously recovered theft record.


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