Title Transfers

Transfer of Kentucky Titled Units

Currently, there are two types of Kentucky Titles that have been issued to vehicles. For transfer paperwork examples please click here.

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.)

 

For examples of completed paperwork, please click here.

Fees
Title Fee $9.00
Registration Fee $8.00
Additional fee for expired registrations Contact county clerk’s office for details
Lien Filing Fee (if applicable) $22.00 or $24.00 if 10 days late
Usage Tax Fee 6% of sale price, NADA or 50% Floor-Some Exemptions

 

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Transfer of Units Purchased from Out-of-State (indivuals moving in from another state please click here)

Units purchased must be titled within 15 days of date of purchase. If the buyer does not reside in Kentucky, the unit shall be registered with the state in which the unit is principally operated. All Kentucky residents must apply for title and registration through their clerk’s office.

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 Copy of Out-of-state title
  • Application for Kentucky Certificate/Registration (TC96-182) Form must be signed by seller and buyer and notarized.
  • Certified Sheriff’s inspection of vehicles verifying Vehicle Identification Number and mileage. (Sheriff’s inspection section is on the Application for Kentucky Certificate/Registration (TC96-182))
  • Fire Marshal Inspection for Trailers/Motor Homes that have living quarters, plumbing and/or electrical. Contact 859-583-2226
  • Some states collect sales tax from Kentucky residents (California, Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, South Carolina and Washington). Kentucky residents must obtain proof that sales tax was paid to that state, from that state’s tax agency. California, Arizona and Washington do not have standard forms; therefore, we require a letter from that state on their Revenue Cabinet’s letterhead stating that the Kentucky resident paid tax to that other state.
  • Current Proof of Kentucky Insurance. Insurance is not required for Title Only Transfers.
  • Termination statement for current liens on title must be completed by the financial institution and signed, then submitted to the clerk.

For examples of completed paperwork, please click here.

 

Fees
Title Fee $9.00
Registration Fee Contact county clerk’s office for details
Lien Filing Fee (if applicable) $22.00 or $24.00 if 10 days late
Tax Fee 6% of sale price/NADA/50% Floor

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New Unit Title Transfer

New units purchased in the Commonwealth of Kentucky or from out-of-state are required to be titled. If the buyer does not reside in Kentucky, the unit shall be registered with the state in which the it is principally operated. All Kentucky residents must apply for title and registration through their clerk’s office.

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.)

For examples of completed paperwork, please click here.

Fees
Title Fee $9.00
Registration Fee Contact county clerk’s office for details
Lien Filing Fee (if applicable) $22.00 or $24.00 if 10 days late
Tax Fee 6% of sale price/MSRP/NADA/50% Floor

 

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Title Only Title Transfers

A person who purchases a vehicle, boat, trailer or recreational vehicle in Kentucky or an out-of-state vehicle that will not be registered, or a motorized vehicle where the buyer has no proof of insurance, will be required to do a Title Only Transfer. Insurance is not required for Title Only Transfers; however, the Kentucky license plate for motorized vehicles must be surrendered to the county clerk’s office in order to complete the transfer. Only out-of-state license plates do not have to be surrendered to the county clerk’s office. An affidavit is available for circumstances where the license plate is lost or destroyed.

Currently, there are two types of Kentucky Titles that have been issued to vehicles. For transfer paperwork examples please click here.

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
  • Application for Kentucky Certificate/Registration (TC96-182) Form must be signed by sellers and buyers and notarized.
  • Certified Sheriff’s inspection of vehicle verifying Vehicle Identification Number and mileage if vehicle purchased from out of state. (Sheriff’s inspection section is on the Application for Kentucky Certificate/Registration (TC96-182))
  • Fire Marshal Inspection for non-Kentucky Titled Trailers/Motor Homes that have living quarters, plumbing and/or electrical. Contact 859-583-2226
  • Affidavit of NonHighway Use (NHU Form # 72A007) completed and signed by buyer certifying vehicle will NEVER be used on Kentucky highway. Buyer’s signature must be notarized. Proof of sale price is required. Please see the Sales Tax section. This form does not apply to any type of trailer, non-motorized vehicle, or boat (only applicable for motorized vehicles).
  • License plate(s) for all Kentucky vehicles must be surrendered at the time of transfer. 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 or buyer. Signatures must be notarized.
  • Termination statement for current liens on title must be completed by the financial institution and signed, then submitted to the clerk.
Fees
Title Fee $9.00
Registration Fee None
Lien Filing Fee (if applicable) $22.00 or $24.00 if 10 days late
Tax See Sales Tax or Usage/Use Tax section