Definitions

Personal Vehicle Non-Farm

Personal Vehicle

Any vehicle registered in Kentucky must be renewed each year. The vehicle must be renewed in the owner’s county of residence. Generally, most plates expire in the birth month of the owner. The Kentucky Revenue Cabinet mails each vehicle owner a renewal notice, listing the amount of property taxes and license fees due. It is the owner’s responsibility to renew, even if a reminder is not received. The notice is not needed to renew the plate/decal.

The following documents are required:

  • Certificate of registration
  • Current Proof of Kentucky Insurance
  • Payment for registration and property tax fees-Bullitt County Clerk’s Office accepts Cash, Personal Check, Money Order or Certified Check. The office does accept Visa, MasterCard and Debit. However, to process using a Credit/Debit Card, an additional processing fee is charged. Contact county clerk’s office for details. Credit/Debit Cards cannot be used over the phone.

The following are vehicles that do not renew in the customer’s birth month.

  • Farm Trucks that are licensed with Farm Plates-Expire in March
  • Motor Homes/Recreational Vehicles-Expire in March
  • Trailers-Expire in March
  • Commercial Vehicles (14,000-80,000 lbs.)-Expire in March
  • Disabled Persons Plates-Expire in July
  • Personalized License Plates-Expire in December
  • Collegiate Plates (UofL, UofK, etc)-Expire in December
  • Leased Vehicles-Notice is sent to Lease Company-Contact Lease Co. for expiration date
  • Volunteer Firefighter License Plates-Expire in December
  • Masonic License Plates-Expire in December
  • Fraternal Order of Police License Plates-Expire in December
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Commercial Vehicle Registration Non-Limited

Commercial motor vehicles are defined as any self-propelled or towed motor vehicle used on a highway in interstate commerce to transport passengers or property when the vehicle meets the following criteria:

  • The vehicle has a gross vehicle rating, gross combination weight rating, gross vehicle weight, or gross combination weight of 10,001 lbs. or more, whichever is greater.
  • The vehicle is designed to transport more than eight passengers (including the driver) for compensation.
  • The vehicle is designed or used to transport more than 15 passengers (including the driver) and is not used to transport passengers for compensation.
  • The vehicle is used in transporting material found by the Secretary of Transportation to be hazardous under 49 U.S.C. 5103 and transported in a quantity requiring placarding under regulations prescribed by the Secretary under 49 CFR, subtitle B, chapter I, subchapter C.
  • The vehicle registration must cover the entire unit and or combination of units.
  • The license plate weight must cover the weight of the truck/trailer and any load carried.
  • Some commercial vehicles may require a US DOT Number. See the US DOT section for further information

Commercial license plates are issued through the local county clerk’s office. Commercial vehicles that are issued license plates by the clerk’s office are only allowed to operate in their base jurisdiction (TN & KY have a 10-mile reciprocal agreement). Commercial vehicles licensed with 14,000-80,000 lbs. plates through the clerk’s office, will renew their plates every March. For commercial vehicles that are licensed 55,000-80,000 lbs. the owner is required to submit an IRS Form 2290 to the clerk’s office at the time of renewal. See the IRS Form 2290 section for further information. Commercial vehicles licensed with 10,000 lbs. plates, the owner will need to check their registration for their expiration date or contact the clerk’s office. Commercial vehicles that need to operate outside of the base jurisdiction would require an apportioned certificate from the clerk’s office and license plates are issued by the Transportation Cabinet in Frankfort. See the Apportioned Certificate Section for further information.

The following documents are required for commercial vehicles licensed by the clerk’s office:

  • Certificate of registration
  • Current Proof of Kentucky Insurance
  • Payment for registration and property tax fees-Bullitt County Clerk’s Office accepts Cash, Personal Check, Money Order or Certified Check. The office does accept Visa, MasterCard and Debit. However, to process using a Credit/Debit Card, an additional processing fee is charged. Contact county clerk’s office for details. Credit/Debit Cards cannot be used over the phone.

For more information, please go to the IRP FAQ’s Website, http://dmc.kytc.ky.gov/irp/faqs_irp.htm.

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Commercial Vehicle Registration Limited

Commercial Vehicle

Limited plates are issued through the clerk’s office. They must follow the same criteria as covered in the Commercial (Non-Limited) Vehicle section. Certain mileage and other limitations may be set. The owner of the vehicle and all limitation are listed on the registration receipt. Limitations for vehicles must meet the following criteria:

  • Farm Limited-Farm use only. No mileage limit
  • Urban Limited-Limited to a specific city. Limited to ten miles for first, second, third or fourth-class city. Limited to five miles for fifth and sixth-class city.
  • Forestry Limited-Limited to primary forestry products from the harvest area to the mill. The mileage limit is fifty air miles from the harvest area.
  • Concrete Limited-Limited to concrete blocks or ready-mixed concrete from production site to construction site. The mileage limit is 30 air miles.

The following documents are required for commercial (limited) vehicles licensed by the clerk’s office:

  • Certificate of registration
  • Current Proof of Kentucky Insurance
  • Payment for registration and property tax fees-Bullitt County Clerk’s Office accepts Cash, Personal Check, Money Order or Certified Check. The office does accept Visa, MasterCard and Debit. However, to process using a Credit/Debit Card, an additional processing fee is charged. Contact county clerk’s office for details. Credit/Debit Cards cannot be used over the phone.
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Farm Vehicle Registration Non-Limited

Farm Vehicle

Any individual owning a truck having a gross weight of 38,000 lbs. or less may have it registered as a farm truck. The individual must sign the registration certifying that he/she meets the following requirements:

  • They are a farmer engaged in the production of crops, livestock or dairy products and that he owns a truck of the gross weight of 38,000 lbs. or less.
  • During the next twelve months the truck will be used for transporting persons or products grown, food, provender, feed, machinery, livestock, material and supplies necessary for the farming operation.

Farm plates can cover a weight up to 38,000 lbs.. The Farm Plate may not be used for For-Hire Transportation. For-Hire transportation means they are hauling something for someone else for profit. The vehicle owner may haul their own farm equipment/products, but cannot use their vehicle to transport another person’s farm equipment/products for profit. Farm plates can be used for the vehicle owner’s private business provided that owner is only hauling their own equipment/product. Farm Plates are renewed every March.

The following documents are required for farm vehicles licensed by the clerk’s office:

  • Certificate of registration
  • Current Proof of Kentucky Insurance
  • Payment for registration and property tax fees-Bullitt County Clerk’s Office accepts Cash, Personal Check, Money Order or Certified Check. The office does accept Visa, MasterCard and Debit. However, to process using a Credit/Debit Card, an additional processing fee is charged. Contact county clerk’s office for details. Credit/Debit Cards cannot be used over the phone.
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Non-Recreational Trailers

Non Recreational Trailer

A trailer is any vehicle designed for carrying property and being drawn by a motor vehicle being so constructed that no part of its weight rests upon the towing vehicle. A semi-trailer or fifth wheel is any vehicle designed for carrying property and being drawn by a motor vehicle and is so constructed that some part of its weight and some part of its load rests upon or is carried by another vehicle. Semi-trailers may not be used for farm use. Trailers that are used for farm use do not require a license plate if the vehicle pulling the trailer is registered as a regular Farm truck. If a farm truck is registered as Limited Farm it will have to have license plates for any trailers that it tows. Trailers, semi-trailers or fifth wheels that are used for commercial use must be licensed through the clerk’s office.

The following documents are required for trailers licensed by the clerk’s office:

  • Certificate of registration
  • Payment for registration and property tax fees-Bullitt County Clerk’s Office accepts Cash, Personal Check, Money Order or Certified Check. The office does accept Visa, MasterCard and Debit. However, to process using a Credit/Debit Card, an additional processing fee is charged. Contact county clerk’s office for details. Credit/Debit Cards cannot be used over the phone.

Trailer License Exemptions

Trailers that are privately owned and operated and meet the following criteria do not have to be licensed in Kentucky. Used for the transportation of:

  • Boats
  • Luggage
  • Personal Effects
  • Farm products, farm supplies or farm equipment
  • All-terrain vehicles as defined in KRS 189.010(24)
  • Wildlife as defined in KRS 150.010(41) that the owner or operator of the trailer has obtained while hunting
  • Firearms or other supplies used in conjunction with hunting wildlife
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Recreational Trailers

RV

A recreational trailer is any unit designed as temporary living quarters for recreational, camping or travel use, which is drawn by another vehicle. The basic entities are travel trailer, camping trailer and truck camper. Recreational trailers must be licensed in Kentucky if the trailer will be towed or operated on the highway.

  • Travel Trailer

    A travel trailer is a portable unit mounted on wheels and designed to provide temporary living quarters. It shall be a size and weight, which shall not require special highway movement permits when drawn by a motorized vehicle. It shall have a living area of less than 220 Square Feet, excluding built-in equipment (such as wardrobes, closets, cabinets, kitchen units, or fixtures) and bath and toilet rooms. The exterior of a travel trailer shall be less than 320 Square Feet. Travel trailers are renewed every March.

    The following documents are required for travel trailers licensed by the clerk’s office:

    • Certificate of registration
    • Payment for registration and property tax fees-Bullitt County Clerk’s Office accepts Cash, Personal Check, Money Order or Certified Check. The office does accept Visa, MasterCard and Debit. However, to process using a Credit/Debit Card, an additional processing fee is charged. Contact county clerk’s office for details. Credit/Debit Cards cannot be used over the phone.
  • Camping Trailer

    A camping trailer is a portable unit mounted on wheels and constructed with collapsible partial side walls, which fold for towing by another vehicle and unfold at the camp site to provide temporary living quarters. Camping trailers are renewed every March.

    The following documents are required for camping trailers licensed by the clerk’s office:

    • Certificate of registration
    • Payment for registration and property tax fees-Bullitt County Clerk’s Office accepts Cash, Personal Check, Money Order or Certified Check. The office does accept Visa, MasterCard and Debit. However, to process using a Credit/Debit Card, an additional processing fee is charged. Contact county clerk’s office for details. Credit/Debit Cards cannot be used over the phone.
  • Truck Camper

    A truck camper is a portable unit constructed to provide temporary living quarters, consisting of a roof, floor and sides designed to be loaded onto and unloaded from the bed of a pick-up truck.

    The following documents are required for truck campers licensed by the clerk’s office:

    • Certificate of registration
    • Payment for registration and property tax fees-Bullitt County Clerk’s Office accepts Cash, Personal Check, Money Order or Certified Check. The office does accept Visa, MasterCard and Debit. However, to process using a Credit/Debit Card, an additional processing fee is charged. Contact county clerk’s office for details. Credit/Debit Cards cannot be used over the phone.