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how to register kentucky titled vehicles & Trailers

What you’ll need

  • Original title (no photocopies)
  • Proof of current KY insurance (not needed on trailers)

General Information

The seller should sign his/her name on the back of the title exactly as it appears on the front. The seller’s signature must be notarized on the back of the title. In the case of an older title not having a notary field, the seller’s signature would then be notarized on the Application for Title. In cases of joint ownership – ‘or’ require just one signature – ‘and’ requires both signatures. The correct odometer reading is required. The Title and VTR may be completed and notarized outside the County Clerk’s Office. In such cases anyone may bring the paperwork in for processing.

If the buyer or seller’s signature is notarized by the County Clerk’s Office, the person must appear in person with a valid picture I.D. A $2.00 notary fee is charged for each signature.

In processing any transfers proof of insurance is required.

The buyer must provide proof of current KY insurance on the vehicle being transferred. Original card must include name, effective date, expiration date, vehicle identification number (VIN), NAIC number, personal or commercial and Commonwealth of Kentucky policy number and expiration date. All fees including a $17 transfer fee, notary fees (if applicable), plate fees (if applicable) and sales or usage taxes are due at the time of transfer.

Usage tax is based on 6% of purchase price when using a Total Consideration Affidavit. If not, the vehicle is taxed on 6% of the NADA retail value.

Any delinquent tax on the vehicle being transferred must be paid before transfer. Any delinquent tax on other vehicles owned by the purchaser must be paid prior to transfer. A license plate must be current in order to transfer the vehicle.

Accepted methods of payment are cash, money order, MasterCard, Visa and Discover or personal check. No out-of-state checks accepted. Valid picture ID is required for acceptance of personal checks.

Motor Boat Transfers require previous owner’s certificate of registration and/or title along with a Motor Boat Transaction Record.

If you have any questions regarding this information, you may call our Motor Vehicle Call Center at 270-685-8434 option #1.

Mailing Address

Daviess County Clerk’s Office
Attn: Titling Dept.
P O Box 609
Owensboro, Kentucky 42302-0609

Overnight Address

Attn: Titling Dept.
212 Saint Ann Street
Owensboro, Kentucky 42303

If you have any questions regarding this information, you may call 270-685-8434 Ext. 1 or e-mail us.

Motor Vehicle Fees

Fees do not include possible Notary charges ($2)*

Kentucky Revised Statute Section 64.012 as amended by House Bill 537, mandates the following fee changes:

  • Motor Vehicle Renewal: $21
  • Motor Vehicle Renewal of 10,000 lb Plates or Greater: Varies by Weight
  • Motor Vehicle Transfer: $17
  • Motor Vehicle Title Application: $9
  • Title Lien Statement: $22
  • Permanent Handicap Placard: $0
  • Temporary Handicap Placard: $0
  • Duplicate Title Fee: $6
  • Duplicate Registration Fee: $3
  • Lien penalty for late MV Taxes: $2

For more information or questions about Motor Vehicle fees, call 270-685-8434 Ext.1 or correspond to us by e-mail.

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