Kentucky License Plate Information Summary
You'll need to go to the Kentucky Registration Cabinet to register your vehicle and get your new license plates. Once that is done, you can renew your Kentucky license plates and registration online, in person, or through the mail.
Generally, you can transfer your Kentucky license plates from an older car to a newer one you purchase.
Kentucky License Plates Offered
Kentucky issues standard plates, disability plates, vanity plates, and plates celebrating organizations.
With the standard plate, you can choose to have it say “In God We Trust” or not.
Dealerships will issue you temporary Kentucky license plates that are good for 30 days. In general, the dealer will arrange for you to get your permanent plates.
You will also get a sticker indicating when your license plate expires that you must put on your plate.
When You Need To Get Kentucky License Plates
You must get Kentucky license plates within 15 days of moving to the state or buying a vehicle privately.
As stated above, you have 30 days if you purchase from a dealership.
Keeping Your License Plates Up To Date
You can renew your license plate and registration online, in person, or by mail. When you do so, you will be sent a new sticker to put on your plate indicating your paperwork is up to date.
If Your Kentucky License Plates Are Stolen
Should your Kentucky license plate be stolen or damaged, you need to contact your county clerk's office.
You'll have to write a letter indicating what happened, and have it notarized. You do not need a police report.
You will be charged $25 for a new plate. The amount you have to pay for a new sticker varies by county.
Transferring Or Surrendering Your License Plates
You must surrender your plates to the Kentucky Registration Cabinet if you move out of the state, or if you sell your car to someone who lives out of the state.
Otherwise, you can transfer them to your new vehicle.
Kentucky License Plate Costs
To get new Kentucky license plates costs $21. To renew them costs $25.