The process of motorcycle registration for the first time in Kentucky is the same process as registering your car, truck or trailer. You can either register your motorcycle at your local Kentucky county clerk’s office or at the dealer from which you purchased your bike.

If you purchased your motorcycle from the dealer, the dealer will handle all the paperwork for registration on your behalf and will also charge the required fees.

If you purchased your motorcycle from a private seller, you will be responsible for registration and titling with the county clerk’s office. You will need to obtain the certificate of the title or the Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin from the seller. You will also be required to show proof of motorcycle liability insurance when registering your motorcycle. You must also pay all applicable fees and taxes.

Vehicles from Out of State

If you are a new resident in Kentucky, you must also register and title your motorcycle upon establishing residency. You will need to take your current registration certificate and title to your local County Clerk’s office. You will be given the necessary forms to complete, and will be issued with Kentucky registration certificate and title.

Registration Fees

Whether you are registering your newly purchased motorcycle or a used one, you must pay the registration fees to the DMV. The registration fee is 6% of the purchase price.

Renewing Your Registration

You must renew your motorcycle registration annually. The process of renewing your motorcycle registration is similar to that of renewing your car registration. You will receive a renewal notice from the DMV prior to expiry period.

When you visit your local County Clerk’s office to renew your motorcycle registration, make sure you take with you proof of motorcycle insurance, your current registration and the renewal fees.

You can also renew your motorcycle registration online or by mail. To renew your registration online, you must meet the online requirements for registration renewal.