Kentucky Replacement Title

To replace your title in Kentucky, bring a completed application form, photo ID, and license plate number to the county clerk’s office.
Written by Mary Cahill
Reviewed by Carrie Adkins
You can replace your title in Kentucky with a few easy steps. All you need to do is fill out the replacement title form and bring it to your local county clerk’s office along with your photo ID, title number or license plate number, and $6 for the processing fee. 
A car title is proof of legal ownership. It contains general information such as the vehicle identification number (VIN) and the owner’s name and address. In the event that you’ve misplaced your title, it’s been stolen, or it’s damaged beyond repair, you can apply for a replacement. 
While the process is not complicated, the procedure varies from state to state. To understand your state’s rules,
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What you need to replace your title in Kentucky 

In order to apply for a replacement title, you will need to submit the required documentation. Be sure to bring the following documents to your local county clerk’s office:
If you are new to the state you will also need to bring:
  • 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) 
Your name on the title and photo ID must match. If you’ve changed your name, bring legal documentation of the name change—like a marriage certificate or divorce paperwork. 

What if there is a lien on the vehicle when I apply for a replacement title?

If there is a lien on your vehicle at the time of application, this information must be filled out in the specified fields on the TC 96-182 form. 
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How to apply for a replacement title in Kentucky

After you have all the necessary documents together, mail or bring everything to the county clerk’s office. For a full list of county clerk’s offices in Kentucky visit
The title replacement request is processed on location. You will need to pay a $6 processing fee to the clerk. The clerk’s office can also notarize documents for you—at an additional cost of $2. Once all verifications have been received and processed, you can expect to receive the new title through the mail in about one week

Need your title replacement fast?   

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. 
Be advised, there are several limitations on speed titles—they cannot be requested for the following types of titles:
  • Classic cars 
  • Boats
  • Cars with a mechanics lien
  • Court-ordered titles
  • Towing and storage 
  • Correction
  • Restored title 
  • Titles from other countries
  • Salvage titles

When does a title need to be replaced?

If you move to another state or are preparing to sell your car, you will need the title in order to transfer ownership or register the vehicle in a new state. 
You must apply for a replacement title if your title is:
  • Misplaced
  • Stolen
  • Damaged or mutilated (attach the damaged title to the application form)
  • Illegible
  • Altered
  • Never received from the DMV 
Key takeaway: The title is important! Make sure you keep it in a safe place you can access easily.

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Unfortunately no. Replacement title applications must be done by mail or in person. It is recommended to visit your local county clerk’s office in person if you are able to, especially if you need documents notarized on-site.
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