Salvage Title

The owner of a motor vehicle that meets the following definition of a salvage vehicle may obtain a salvage title if:

  • A vehicle which has been wrecked, destroyed or damaged, to the extent that the total estimated or actual cost of parts and labor to rebuild or reconstruct the vehicle to its pre-accident condition and for legal operation on the roads or highways exceeds seventy-five percent (75%) of the retail value of the vehicle, as set forth in a current edition of the National Automobile Dealer’s Association price guide.
  • The value of repair parts for purposes of this definition shall be determined by using the current published retail cost of the parts equal in kind and quality to the parts to be replaced or the actual retail cost of the repair parts used in repair.
  • The labor costs of repairs for purposes of this section shall be computed by using the hourly labor rate and time allocations, which are reasonable and customary in the automobile repair industry in the community where the repairs are performed.

The following documents and information are required: (All forms highlighted in blue are downloadable simply by clicking on them. Highlighted words will direct you to that specified section.)

  • Certificate of Title-Must be signed by all sellers and buyers (or just current owner if retaining vehicle and this is not a sale of salvage vehicle) and their signatures’ notarized. Power of Attorney document required when POA signs. Note-Titles that contain AND or do not have a designation between names of owners require both signatures of those listed. OR or AND/OR only require the signature of one.
  • Application for Kentucky Certificate/Registration (TC96-182) ONLY for small Kentucky Title Transfers.
  • License plate(s) for all Kentucky vehicles must be surrendered when applying for a salvage title. An affidavit is available for license plate(s) that have been lost or destroyed. The Affidavit for Non-Exchange County section of the Affidavit of Replacement Form # TC96-167 must be completed, stating the reason for loss of plate and signed by seller (if applicable) or buyer/owner. Signatures must be notarized.
  • Social Security Number for each party appearing on the title or Federal ID Number for companies.
  • All liens must be satisfied before applying for a salvage title. Termination statement must be completed by the financial institution and signed, then submitted to the clerk.
  • 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.
Fees
Title Fee$9.00
Registration FeeNone
Usage Tax (purchase of salvage vehicle) 6% or Retail

NOTE-Vehicles that have a salvage title cannot be operated on Kentucky highways. This is why the license plate must be surrendered to the county clerk. The only time a vehicle with a salvage title may be operated upon the highways of Kentucky is when it is in route to or from an inspection by the sheriff’s department during the rebuilt process.

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Junk Titles

Any person or entity having a motor vehicle or trailer that has been destroyed, deemed inoperable or unfit for future use, to the extent that its repairs cannot be obtained through usual commercial repair services, at a cost less that its retail value listed in the NADA Car Guide may surrender their title to the clerk’s office, junking the vehicle permanently. Vehicles or trailers that typically bear a vehicle identification number that has been removed may also surrender the title for junk status. Vehicles that are sold for parts must also surrender the title to the clerk’s office for junk status.

 

The following documents and information are required: (All forms highlighted in blue are downloadable simply by clicking on them and other highlighted words will direct you to that specified section.)

  • Certificate of Title
  • Driver’s license must be presented by owner to junk vehicle
  • License Plate must be surrendered to the county clerk to apply for junk status
  • The title must be clear of all liens
  • All property taxes must be paid in full on the vehicle prior to junking

 

NOTE-If the title for the vehicle has been lost, a duplicate title must be applied for. Vehicles cannot be junked without a title. See the Duplicate Title section for more information.


FEES
Junk Title Fee: $1.00

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Hail Damaged Vehicles

The owner of a motor vehicle that has been damaged solely by hail shall have the regular title of the vehicle branded as “Hail Damage” if:

  • The vehicle is in a condition that it can be legally operated on the highway
  • The total estimated or actual cost of parts and labor to rebuild or reconstruct the vehicle to its pre-hail condition exceeds 75% of the retail value of the vehicle, as listed in the NADA Car Guide
  • The owner intends to retain ownership of the vehicle

The following documents and information are required: (All forms highlighted in blue are downloadable simply by clicking on them. Highlighted words will direct you to that specified section.)

  • Certificate of Title
  • Driver’s license must be presented by owner
  • Statement from insurance company that the damage exceeds 75% of the retail value and that all damage is solely the result of hail damage
  • Certified Sheriff’s inspection of vehicle verifying Vehicle Identification Number and mileage. (Sheriff’s inspection section is on the Application for Kentucky Certificate/Registration (TC96-182))
  • 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.

All paperwork will be submitted to the clerk’s office in which the vehicle is registered. The title will not be surrendered to the clerk, but the clerk shall stamp the face of the title “Hail Damage”. A title branded “Hail Damage” shall retain the brand for as long as the life of the vehicle.

Fees
Hail Damage Title Fee$3.00
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Out-of-State Vehicles with Junking Certificate/Unrebuildable Title/Certificates of Destruction/Non-Repairable or Scrap Documents

Any vehicle that has an out-of-state junking certificate or an unrebuildable title that is on a secure document must obtain a Kentucky Salvage Title before applying through the rebuilt procedure. Speed titles are not allowed for these vehicles.

The following documents and information are required: (All forms highlighted in blue are downloadable simply by clicking on them. Highlighted words will direct you to that specified section.)

  • Original Secure Document of Title
  • Application for Kentucky Certificate/Registration (TC96-182) Form must be signed by seller and buyer and notarized. Power of Attorney document required when POA signs. Note-Titles that contain AND or do not have a designation between names of owners require both signatures of those listed. OR or AND/OR only require the signature of one.
  • Submit two photographs of the vehicle showing the damage
  • Submit two estimates (signed and notarized) from separate body shops stating the cost of parts and labor to restore the vehicle
  • A metal plate must be attached to the driver’s door opening stating: Rebuilt Vehicle May Not Be Eligible For Title In All States-The plate may be obtained from Kentucky Auto Truck Recyclers Association (Tom Underwood) for a fee of $5.00. Phone number (502) 223-5322.
  • Once the customer receives the Kentucky Salvage Title, they may proceed with the Rebuilt Process. Please see the Rebuilt Vehicle section below.
  • 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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Rebuilt Vehicles

Any owner of a motor vehicle, which has been assembled from parts from wrecked or salvaged motor vehicles needs to register the vehicle. That owner, shall submit to the county clerk an affidavit and any invoices showing the purchase of parts and labor. A Rebuilt Title Packet can be obtained from the county clerk, which contains instructions for the rebuilt process. The county clerk or the owner can forward the rebuilt application to the Transportation Cabinet for processing. After processing, the Transportation Cabinet will forward the paperwork to the clerk’s office to complete the application for rebuilt title. The title for a rebuilt vehicle will be branded with the words “Rebuilt Vehicle” on the face of the title. The title shall retain the brand for as long as any person holds the title to the vehicle. Some vehicles that are rebuilt may not be eligible for registration in some states. Any person who obtains a rebuilt vehicle needs to be aware that the vehicle may not be eligible for sale to individuals who reside in certain states.

 

The rebuilt paperwork must go to Frankfort and be approved before the clerk's office can issue a license plate.

The person that repairs the motor vehicle must be the person that submits the Rebuilt Application to Frankfort, unless the person that repaired the vehicle is in the business of repairing vehicles.

 

The following documents and information are required but may not be limited to: (All forms highlighted in blue are downloadable simply by clicking on them and other highlighted words will direct you to that specified section.)

  • Certificate of title-if title is not available contact clerk’s office with vehicle identification number
  • Application for Kentucky Certificate/Registration (TC96-182) must be completed. All sellers and buyers must sign form and their signatures’ notarized. Persons that have power of attorney for the seller or buyer/owner(s) may sign, but a copy of the power of attorney must be submitted with the application. A power of attorney cannot sign for the seller and buyer if the vehicle is less than ten years old. If the County Clerk’s staff notarizes signatures, identification must be presented. If the vehicle is not changing names, buyer must sign form and have their signature notarized. Note-Titles that contain AND (instead of OR) or do not have a designation between names of owners require the signatures of all owners. Titles that contain OR or AND/OR only require the signature of one owner.
  • Affidavit of Motor Vehicle Assembled from Wrecked or Salvaged Motor Vehicles  Form #TC96-215 must be completed by the buyer/owner, signed and buyer/owner’s signature notarized.
  • Certified Sheriff’s inspection of vehicle verifying Vehicle Identification Number, mileage and that the vehicle is roadworthy. (Sheriff’s inspection section is on the Application for Kentucky Certificate/Registration (TC96-182). See Sheriff’s inspection for further information.
  • Original receipts for all labor required to construct or reconstruct the vehicle, if estimate sheets are used for labor, they shall be signed by the person who did the labor and notarized and shall list repairs made and parts replaced on the vehicle.
  • Original receipts for all parts purchased. If parts were purchased from individuals and not businesses, the receipts shall be a written statement from the individual giving the individual’s name, address and telephone number; the part or parts sold; and the serial number of the vehicle from which the parts were taken. If the serial number is not known, the individual shall also submit in the written statement the explanation of why the serial number cannot be provided.
  • If the vehicle still contains a license plate, that license plate regardless of expiration date of the plate must be submitted with the application for rebuilt.
  • All liens must be satisfied before applying for a rebuilt title. Termination statement must be completed by the financial institution and signed then submitted to the clerk.
  • For a rebuilt motorcycle, provide pencil tracings of both the engine and frame identification numbers. If a replacement engine was used, an effort should be made to obtain the frame number of the motorcycle from which the engine was taken.
  • If a vehicle is not damaged 75% or more, provide a statement from the insurance company on company letterhead indicating the damage to the vehicle. These statements are usually required for vehicles that sustained minor damage due to a fire or flood or for vehicles recovered after having been stolen and sustaining minor damage. If the original receipt from the salvage pool states the damage to the vehicle, provide receipts for parts and labor for those specific repairs. If the salvage pool receipt is provided, a statement from the insurance company will not be necessary.
  • Owner/buyer that supplies their own parts shall provide the original invoices from the business from which the parts were purchased. If the receipt shows several parts for various vehicles, indicate which parts go with the application.

 

Once the Transportation Cabinet has approved the rebuilt application, the owner/buyer will have sixty days to complete the application at the clerk’s office. After sixty days, the application will be cancelled, and it will be necessary to reapply. If the owner wishes to expedite the application for rebuilt, the owner may take the rebuilt application to the One-Stop Shop located on the second floor of the Transportation Cabinet Office Building at 200 Mero Street in Frankfort.

 

Walk-in hours are as follows:

  • For an individual with one title previously licensed in his or her name, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.
  • For a courier/runner or an individual with one or more application (maximum of 10), from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon ET, Monday through Friday.

 

NOTE-Certain rebuilt applications cannot be processed the same day as they are walked in to the Transportation Cabinet. Please contact the Rebuilt Section (502) 564-2850 for further information.