How to Transfer a Car Title in Kentucky

To transfer a car title in Kentucky locate all the appropriate lines on the title, and read any instructions on the title before you start filling in information. Kentucky titles were reformatted in 2000. As a result, where you sign the title depends on the age of your title. These instructions assume the title was printed after 2000. If you have an older title, please refer to this website.

Also, note that the signatures on all Kentucky titles must be notarized. This can be done at a county clerk’s office or anywhere else a notary is available. Don’t fill out the title until you get to the office, and bring photo identification with you. If you don’t, the notary will not be able to notarize your signature.

Turn to the back of your Kentucky title and look at the top.

  1. On the first line under the words “Transfer of title by owner,” print the name and full address of the person purchasing the car.
  2. In the shaded box under that, write in the car’s current mileage.
  3. On the next line, which says “Transferor(s) Dealer/Agent Signature(s),” the current owner should sign their name. Next to that, where it says “Transferee(s) Dealer/Agent Signature(s),” the person purchasing the car should sign their name. Note that if the car is owned by two people, or two people are buying it, both people need to fit their signature on the provided line, so leave plenty of space.
  4. On the next line, the seller(s) should print their name(s). Next to that, the buyer(s) should print their name(s).
  5. Where the title says “Date of transfer,” the seller should print the date the car was sold.

For more information about transferring a car title in Kentucky, visit the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet website.

How to apply for a Replacement Title in Kentucky?

A title is a legal document that makes an individual or business the legal owner of the vehicle. When a vehicle is sold from one person to another in Kentucky, the title must be transferred to the new owner within 15 days. If the title is lost or damaged, a replacement title shall apply.

Listed below are the five main steps for applying for a Replacement Title in California.

  1. Fill out the form. The first thing to do is to complete and properly sign the form request for a replacement.
  2. Notarized the form. The application for the Kentucky Certificate of Title or registration needs be notarized.
  3. Complete the documents. Collect all the details and records, such as the driver’s license or identification card, Vehicle Identification Number, and the vehicle license plate number. Present all the documents needed at the County Clerk's office.
  4. Pay the fee. Pay the replacement title charge. The fee is $25.
  5. Mail. Wait for the duplicate title in the mail within 5 business days.