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Office Hours: M-F 8:00AM - 4:30PM


Transferring a Kentucky Title from One Owner to Another


When transferring a vehicle title from one party to another you will need the following documents and information:

Kentucky Certificate of Title (Seller and buyer Signature Notarized)

Picture Identification is required

Lien Release if applicable

SSN or Kentucky DL # for the owner/buyer

Current address for owner/buyer

Owner/Buyers birth month

Kentucky Proof of Insurance card (not Policy Page) in the buyer(s) name effective within 45 days of transfer on the vehicle being transferred. (Your insurance company can fax or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) a copy of your insurance card (not Policy Page) to the Clerk’s Office the day of the intended transfer 859-624-8474.

Lien filing information if applicable

Lien release if applicable (Transfer cannot be processed with active liens)

Kentucky Certificate of title (see example).

Please note if the seller does not sign the title(s) and/or TC96-182 (Download Link Below) and have it notarized, then the state requires that the buyer pay 6% sales tax on 100% of the retail book value, instead of half of trade-in/purchase price of the vehicle.

If the paperwork is properly signed and notarized see the link to Usage Tax         


 Cick Here for Example  
Download TC 96-182



The seller is responsible for any and all property taxes due on the vehicle they are selling. The buyer will not pay property tax until after they have had the vehicle titled in their name(s) as of January 1 of the following year.

*Note to buyer: If the seller does not pay the taxes on the vehicle to be transferred and they are delinquent, then the buyer will have to pay the taxes in order to transfer the vehicle into their name.

Once the transfer is complete the buyer will be given a new vehicle registration in their name at the Clerk’s Office, then the new title will be mailed to the new owner 2 to 6 weeks after date of transfer.

*Note to seller: Signing the back of a title and having it notarized does not automatically transfer the vehicle to the new owner. The title must be taken to a Motor Vehicle Office and physically transferred in the Kentucky Motor Vehicle system. The seller is still legally liable for the vehicle and taxes until the transfer has been completed. It is always recommended that both the buyer and the seller be together for the transfer, to ensure all documentation has been properly processed.

*Note: We advise both seller and buyer to be present to transfer ownership of a title.


Speed Title 

An unlimited number of applications can be submitted. (Speed Titles are $25.00)

Speed Title Pick-up:

Monday - Friday, 11am to 4pm

Available for pick-up on the second business day after initial application is made.
To Pick up someone else's title will require a power of attorney.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
Rebuilt Section
200 Mero St.
Frankfort, Kentucky 40622



Accepted Payments

All departments accept Cash, Check, Debit and Credit Cards.
Debit: $2.50 processing fee,  Credit Card: 3.0% processing fee.

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2014 kbarger profilev2A native of Richmond, Kentucky, Clerk Kenny Barger graduated from Madison Central High School and also attended Eastern Kentucky University.  Prior to his election in 2010, Clerk Kenny Barger worked in his family’s business, Barger’s Towing and Recovery, and as Manager at Mikron Industries, Inc., both located in Richmond, Kentucky. 

Current Term: 2015 - 2018
First Elected: 2010



Our Locations:

Richmond Location:

101 W Main Street

Richmond, KY 40475

Berea Location:

304 Chestnut Street

Berea, KY 40403

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Mon. to Fri. 8am to 4:30pm