Titling and Registering a Brand New Boat

What you will need:

  1. Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin properly assigned by the selling dealer
  2. Application for Title and Registration (TC96-184) (See Example)
  3. Proof of sales/use tax paid to the dealer
  4. Out-of-State Purchase - Use Tax Affidavit (51A3280) (See Example)
  5. Picture identification
  6. Social Security Number for each new owner(s) appearing on the title or Federal Tax ID Number for companies.

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.


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. $31.00
     16 ft. to 26 ft. $50.00
     26 ft. to 40 ft. $60.00
     40 ft. and over $75.00
     Trolling motors $20.00
     All inboards and inboard/outboard motors $53.00

Any delinquent property tax owed may prohibit title/registration.

Acceptable Methods of Payment