Buying an Out of State Titled Vehicle


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

What you will need:

  1. Original Out-of-State Title properly assigned by the seller and notarized, if required in that state
  2. Application for Title/Registration (TC96-182) (See Example)
  3. Proof of current Kentucky liability insurance for the buyer
  4. Picture identification
  5. Social Security Number for each owner(s)appearing on the title or Federal Tax ID Number for companies.
  6. Certified inspection
    Please park your vehicle in the "Reserved for Auto Inspections" spaces located in the Helix Garage, adjacent to our building. If you are unable to bring the vehicle to our office, arrangements may also be made for vehicle inspection through the Fayette County Sheriff's Office at (859) 252-1771. There is an additional $10.00 fee for travel. *Motorcycles will park behind our building on Water Street (map) in spaces designated as “LexPark Motorcycle Parking Only”. (If you have a large truck, van, or motor home, you may park by the dock behind our building.)
    Leased vehicles operating on a Kentucky U-Drive-It Permit will not require an inspection.
  7. Title Lien Statement (TC96-187) if applicable, must be provided by the lienholder.

Recreational vehicles require a Seal of Approval

How will Road Usage Tax be calculated?

A 6% Kentucky road usage tax is collected on the retail value. The retail value is either the purchase price or the NADA retail value. If taxing on the purchase price, the seller must disclose the purchase price on the Total Consideration Affidavit (TC96-182), sign and have notarized. (See Example).  (Taxable value cannot be less than 50% of the NADA "trade in" value).

Fees:

Title fee:

$   9.00

Clerk fee:

$   6.00

Plate fee:

$ 21.00 annual registration

VIN inspection:

$   5.00

Lien filing fee if applicable:

$ 22.00

Late lien filing penalty if applicable:

$   2.00

Any delinquent property tax owed may prohibit title/registration.

Special plates are available for additional fees. Click here to see our special plates.

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