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Anyone buying a used car wants to do a background check. You can research the vehicle history online. You can either run a license plate lookup or do a VIN check. Before buying, make sure the car is not rebuilt, flooded, or involved in a safety recall. offers free license plate lookup. Using your license plate, you can get a complete vehicle report at no cost. A vehicle report from contains:

  •   Market Value
  •   Vehicle Specifications
  •   Equipment Details
  •   Fuel Efficiency
  •   Safety Rating
  •   Inspection Checklist
  •   Current Warranty
  •   Auto Insurance
  •   NMVTIS Report
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Title and Vehicle Registration in Kentucky

All residents in Kentucky must register their vehicles. The County Clerk handles the titling and registration of vehicles. New Kentucky residents must register their vehicle within 15 days of becoming a resident. License plates are issued by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KTC). The license plate must have a sticker that shows the vehicle registration expiry date.

If your license plate or stickers are lost, stolen, or damaged you may apply for a replacement. The County Clerk will issue a standard issue plate and submit a request to have the plate remade.

How to Get a Vehicle Title in Kentucky

A Title is a legal document. It establishes a person or a business as the legal owner of a vehicle. When you buy a vehicle, you must apply for a title transfer within 15 days.

To get a title, submit the following at the County Clerk’s office:

In-State Vehicles:

  • Proof of Kentucky insurance (issue date within 45 days)
  • Photo ID
  • Completed(TC96-182) and signed-over Kentucky title.
  • If your name on your title is different than your ID, you must provide an affidavit proving they are same. A marriage license or divorce decree are good examples.

Out of State:

  • Proof of Kentucky Insurance (issue date within 45 days)
  • 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.
  • If your name on your title is different than your ID, you must provide an affidavit proving they are same. A marriage license or divorce decree are good examples.

How to Register a Vehicle in Kentucky?

You need to obtain a Kentucky title before you can register your vehicle. Once you have the title, submit the requirement to your County Clerk’s office.

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 License Plate
  • Special License Plates
  • Special Motorcycle License Plates
  • Disabled License Plates
  • Military License Plates
  • Military Motorcycle Plates
  • University License Plates
  • Independent College Plates
  • Government/ Official Plates
  • Miscellaneous License Plates

Transferring of License Plates in Kentucky

In Kentucky, you can transfer a license plate to another vehicle you own. When you sell your vehicle, the license plate stays with you. The new owner must apply a new tag in his name.

Contact the DMV near you for more information!

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Buying a used car in Kentucky?  Don’t make a costly mistake. Run a Free License Plate Lookup for your Kentucky-registered vehicle!

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

Uncover the full-story of your Kentucky-registered vehicle in seconds! Run a Free Kentucky License Plate Lookup now!

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