How can I register my new car in Kentucky?

How do you register a car in the state of Kentucky? I left my old car in California and I’m planning to pick up my new one next week. I want to get it registered as soon as possible, but I’m not sure about the state laws. How do I register my car?

Answer
Congrats on the move! If you are picking your new car up from a dealership, they will do everything for you. If you purchase your vehicle through a private sale, you will need to do the legwork yourself.
Here are the steps to follow:
  • Make sure your insurance goes into effect on the date you plan to pick up your new car.
  • Print out your Kentucky ID card to bring to the DMV as proof of insurance..
  • Both you and the seller need to sign the back of the title in front of a public notary.
  • If the seller has lost the original title, they will need to complete the TC96-182 form from the DMV website.
  • Bring the title, your driver’s license, proof of insurance, and method of payment to the DMV.
That is all you need to do!
Since you are getting a new car, make sure you get the best rate and the right coverages. Kentucky is known to have more wild turkeys and deer per capita than anywhere else in the country. And believe it or not, a collision with a wild turkey can total your car! Make sure you have full coverage on your policy if possible.
The easiest way to do this is with the Jerry app. We’ll get you customized quotes from over 50 insurance companies in seconds! That way, all you need to do is choose the policy or provider that works best for you.
Congrats again, and enjoy your new ride!
Shannon Martin
Answered on Oct 21, 2021
Shannon is an expert in personal lines liability insurance with 13 + years of insurance industry experience. She also served as a special insurance liaison to AARP members for 6 of those years. She is a graduate of UL Lafayette and currently resides in NY with her family. Shannon is also an amateur juggler, ukulele player, and is a time travel paradox theory enthusiast.
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