Boat Purchased Out of State


Kentucky requires that an application for title be made within 15 days of purchase.

What you will need:

  1. Original Out-of-State Title (If a title is not issued by that state, provide the Certificate of Registration accompanied by a bill of sale) properly assigned by the seller and notarized, if required in that state
  2. Application for Title/Registration (TC96-184) (See Example)
  3. Out-of-State Purchase - Use Tax Affidavit (51A280) (See Example)
  4. Proof of sales/use tax paid to the dealer (if applicable)
  5. Picture identification
  6. Social Security Number for each new owner(s) or Federal Tax ID Number for companies

*All liens must be terminated prior to transfer.

How will Use Tax be calculated?

A 6% Kentucky use tax is collected on the sale price. Credit is given for sales or use tax paid to a dealer. Proof is required. (Occassional sales between individuals may be exempt from use tax.)

Fees:

Title fee: $  9.00
Clerk fee: $  3.00 - $ 6.00
Lien filing fee if applicable: $22.00 - $26.00
Registration fees:
     1 ft. to 16 ft. $25.00
     16 ft. to 26 ft. $29.00
     26 ft. to 40 ft. $35.00
     40 ft. and over $39.00
     Trolling motors $15.00
     All inboards and inboard/outboard motors $40.00

Any delinquent property tax owed may prohibit title/registration.

Acceptable Methods of Payment