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Register & Title a Motorcycle in Kentucky

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This page will cover the street legal requirements and registration and title process in Kentucky and provide some tips on how to register if you bought the motorcycle without a title.

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Kentucky Title & Inspection Requirements for Used Motorcycles

  • Does Kentucky have an equipment/safety inspection?
    • Not required.
  • Does Kentucky require VIN Inspections for motorcycles bought out of state?
    • Required for out of state motorcycles.
  • Does Kentucky require a title for old motorcycles?
    • All motorcycles are titled.

How to Title and Register a Motorcycle in Kentucky

To register your motorcycle in Kentucky, you’ll need the following:

Find more information about Kentucky motorcycle registration and registration renewal.

Notarization Required on the following documents in Kentucky:

  • Bill of Sale
  • Title

Register a No Title Motorcycle in Kentucky

Option 1: Motorcycles from Kentucky

Before sale is complete, ask previous owner to get a duplicate title:

Learn how to replace a lost motorcycle title in Kentucky.

Option 2: Bikes from out of state

If the motorcycle was bought in a state that requires motorcycle titles:

Option 3: Register in a No-Title State

Register the bike in a non-title, no residency requirement, mail-in registration application state, such as Vermont.

Kentucky Street Legal Motorcycle Equipment Requirements

Kentucky motorcycles must have:

  • Left side rearview mirror.
  • Passenger footrest when riding with passenger.

Learn more about street legal motorcycle requirements.

This information was correct at the time of writing it, but state laws are subject to change.

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4 thoughts on “Register & Title a Motorcycle in Kentucky”

  1. Daniel Banaszynski

    I bought a motorcycle from indiana and I live in Kentucky. Do I have to get it inspected when I get title and registration??

    1. motorcyclezombies

      Some counties in Kentucky require a VIN Inspection through the sheriff. Contact you local county clerk’s office for details on where you can go to get it done.

    1. motorcyclezombies

      Hi Bruce – You could try getting whatever the PO does have (i.e. old registration, old bill of sale) and try that as if it were an out-of-state bike. Otherwise, a no-title state registration may be your best bet.

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