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Kentucky Vehicle Title Replacement: Get a Duplicate KY Title

Looking to get a Kentucky (KY) car title replacement or duplicate? This article provides information about the Kentucky replacement title process.
Kentucky Vehicle Title Replacement: Get a Duplicate KY Title | PutInTheVIN.com

Is there a problem with your vehicle’s Kentucky title? Was it misplaced, damaged, or stolen? If so, you should apply for a duplicate Kentucky title through Kentucky’s Division of Motor Vehicles.

If you ever intend to transfer ownership of your vehicle, having the title in order is important. This is the legal document that proves you own the vehicle. You can’t sell it, donate it, or complete your vehicle registration or renewals without it, so keep it safe!

What will I need to get a duplicate title in Kentucky?

To obtain a replacement title in Kentucky, you must gather all of the necessary information and documents, which include the following:

  • A Completed Application for Kentucky Certificate of Title or Registration (Form TC 96-182) | (Backup Link)
    • Make sure to fill out the Vehicle Identification and Owner Sections
    • The form MUST be notarized. If you are having it notarized at the County Clerk’s office, you will need to bring identification.
  • The Vehicle’s Year, Make & Model
  • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and/or Kentucky Title Number and/or License Plate Number
  • Odometer Disclosure
  • Vehicle Registration (for Proof of Ownership)
  • Acceptable Identification (such as a Driver’s License or an ID Card)
  • Name, Social Security Number and Address
  • $8.00 Duplicate Title Fee, plus the Notary Cost
    • The county clerk’s office will also notarize documents for you for an additional $2 fee.

NOTE: If you have moved out of state, you must contact your County Clerk to provide your new, out-of-state address.

If you are new to the state of Kentucky, you must also provide the following:

  • Valid Proof of Insurance that meets Kentucky’s Minimum Requirements
  • A Signed-over Title with a Notarized Signature (or your Registration and Bill of Sale if it’s all you have)
    • The name on the title and the name on your photo ID must match. If you’ve changed your name, bring legal documentation, such as a marriage certificate or divorce papers.

What if there is a lien on the vehicle when I apply for a duplicate Kentucky Title?

If your vehicle has a lien at the time of application, this information must be entered into the appropriate fields on the Application for Kentucky Certificate of Title or Registration (Form TC 96-182) form.

How can I apply to get a duplicate title in Kentucky?

In Kentucky, you can apply for a duplicate title in person through a County Clerk’s Office, or by mail.

Apply by Mail

For mail applications, include a filled out copy of the Application for Kentucky Certificate of Title or Registration (Form TC 96-182) as well as the $8.00 application fee. Make your check or money order out to the Kentucky Division of Motor Vehicles.

Send your form and fee to the listed address for your local county clerk’s office.

NOTE: It is best to call your local county clerk’s office ahead to confirm the exact check/money order amount.

Apply in Person

Bring the filled out copy of the Application for Kentucky Certificate of Title or Registration (Form TC 96-182) as well as the $8.00 application fee (via cash, check or credit card) to a local County Clerk’s Office.

How long does it take to get a replacement title in Kentucky?

After submitting your application, the request will be processed within 3 to 4 business days. You should expect to receive the title within one week of processing, though it may arrive sooner.

Kentucky Speed Titles

For an additional $25, you can request your title replacement to be expedited. Expedited title replacements, also called speed titles, can be mailed to you the following business day or received the same day in person at the county clerk’s office.

Please be aware that there are several restrictions on speed titles; they cannot be requested for the following titles:

  • Classic Cars 
  • Boats
  • Cars with a Mechanic’s Lien
  • Court-ordered Titles
  • Towing and Storage 
  • Correction
  • Restored Title/Rebuilt Titles
  • Titles from Other Countries
  • Salvage Titles
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