Boat Transfers

Boats titled in your name...

You will need: 

-The Kentucky Certificate of Title signed by the seller

-TC 96-184 (see download below)

-Photo Identification: Driver's License, State ID, Military ID, or passport

-Social Security or Federal identification number is required on all individuals that are to be placed on a title (no more than two individuals may be placed on a title)

Boat Trailer

The state in which the boat trailer is currently titled determines whether the boat trailer has a title or registration card separate from the boat. The trailer title or registration card must be signed and notarized by the seller to register the trailer to a Kentucky title.

If you have purchased an out of state or Kentucky Titled boat and the seller has no title or registration, please contact the clerk's office so that we can advise you of the steps to tatke to title and register the boat in Kentucky. 


Transfer fee is $18.00

Lien fee (if applicable) is $22.00-$24.00

If you have registered any other boat that may have property taxes due, those taxes must be collected before any other boat transaction can be processed. 

How to Title and Register a New Boat...

Kentucky requires all applications for titles be made within 15 days of purchase of any motor vehicle or boat. To title and register a boat, the following documentation is needed:

-Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin 

-Application for Title and Registration Form (TC 96-184)

-Purchase order from dealership 

-Proof of Sale/Use Tax paid to the dealer 

-Picture Identification 

-Social Security Number 

A 6% Kentucky use tax is collected on the sale price of their boat. Credit is given for sales or use tax paid to a dealer. 


Transfer fee is $18.00

Lien filing fee (if applicable) is $22.00-$24.00

Sales tax if applicable

If I purchased a boat with an out of state title, how do I get it registered in Kentucky?

You will need:

-Out of state title (if applicable) 

-Application for Title and Registration (TC 96-184)

-Proof of sales/use tax paid to the dealer 

-Picture Identification 

-Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number for each new owner(s) appearing on the title or Federal Tax ID Number for companies. There is a limit of two individuals or businesses. 

-How will Use Tax be Calculated? a 6% Kentucky usage tax is collected on the sale price if purchased from an out of state dealer only. Credit is given for sales or use tax paid to a dealer. 

When purchased from an out of state dealer:

-if sales tax has been collected by the dealer, customer must submit proof of taxes paid to receive credit. 

Richmond Office

101 W. Main St. 

Richmond, KY 40475

(859) 624-4703

8:00a.m. - 4:30p.m.

Berea Office

304 Chestnut St. 

Berea, KY 40403

(859) 986-1460

8:00a.m. - 4:30p.m.