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Motor Vehicles
Frequently Asked Questions



Q: What is the $2.00 mail-in fee that is charged during the
Mail-In process?

A: The $2.00 fee is collected for each vehicle in compliance with Kentucky Revised Statute 186.020(5). It is a postage and handling fee used to cover expenses associated with supplies such as postage and return envelopes. Many people believe the convenience of the mail-in service outweighs the cost. Currently, over 30% of Jefferson County residents renew by mail.

Q: Will the Clerk's Office mail my insurance card back to me?

A: The Jefferson County Clerk's Office is required by Kentucky Revised Statute to verify proof of insurance at the time of renewal. In most cases, proof of insurance can be verified by computer depending on your company's compliance with House Bill 29. It is wise to send the proof so your renewal will not be rejected if your insurance company has not complied. If your insurance is verified by computer, your card will be returned. If it is not verified, our office is required to keep this document on file for two years.

Q: Is it necessary to send my notification card when renewing my registration?

A: No, the notification card is a reminder sent by the Revenue Cabinet in Frankfort and can be kept for your records.

Q: What documents are required to renew a vehicle?

A: To renew your vehicle you must have the registration certificate, current KY insurance card and payment. We accept checks, Visa, MC and Discover. Renewals can be processed at any of our branch locations, through our Mail-In Department, drop boxes at the Dixie and Downtown Branches, the Fifth Third Bank drop off, the Internet, and Telephone ReNew - 502.569.3300.

In processing any transaction that requires proof of insurance and the Commonwealth of Kentucky Automated Vehicle Information System (AVIS) does not verify the insurance automatically, the 45-day rule may come into play. If you provide the Clerk’s Office an insurance card as proof of insurance, the card cannot have an Effective/Issue date older than 45 days from the date that it is presented. It is important to note that the effective date of the policy may be different than the effective date of the insurance card. For acceptance the Clerk’s Office is concerned with the date the card was issued, not the policy. This applies to Personal Policies only.

Q: Can I receive a duplicate registration?

A: The registered owner can receive a duplicate registration. The owner must bring a picture I.D. and current insurance card. The cost is $3.00 for the duplication fee and $2.00 for the notary fee.

In processing any transaction that requires proof of insurance and the Commonwealth of Kentucky Automated Vehicle Information System (AVIS) does not verify the insurance automatically, the 45-day rule may come into play. If you provide the Clerk’s Office an insurance card as proof of insurance, the card cannot have an Effective/Issue date older than 45 days from the date that it is presented. It is important to note that the effective date of the policy may be different than the effective date of the insurance card. For acceptance the Clerk’s Office is concerned with the date the card was issued, not the policy. This applies to Personal Policies only.

Q: What are the guidelines for obtaining a Disabled Parking Permit?

A: You must complete an Application For Disabled Persons Special Parking Permit from the Clerk's Office or go to the Motor Vehicle Forms site and print the application from your computer. The permanent disabled placards are valid for 2 years. These placards can be renewed twice, for a period of 2 years each. The temporary disabled placards are valid for a 3 month period.

Q: Is a physician's signature required for obtaining a Disabled Parking Permit?

A: A licensed physician’s original signature and license number are
required when applying for a Disabled Parking Permit. However, a
nurse practitioner’s original signature can be accepted on the application for a disabled plate or decal only.

Q: Is there a deadline for registering my vehicle with the Jefferson County Clerk's Office?

A: According to KRS 186A.095, a vehicle must be registered within 15 days after you establish residency or within 15 days of purchase.

Q: How long does it take to receive a personalized plate?

A: It takes between 6 to 8 weeks to receive a personalized plate in our office from Frankfort. All plates are shipped to the Downtown Branch - please call 574-5700 to have your plate shipped to your favorite branch location for pick up.

Q: How much does a personalized plate cost?

A: A personalized plate costs $25.00 plus $21.00 registration fee. This amount does not include any taxes that may be owed at the time of purchase.

Q: Whom do I make check payable to?

A: Checks should be made out to: Jefferson County Clerk.

Q: What do I need to do to operate a dealership in Jefferson County?

A: In order to operate a dealership in Jefferson County, you must first get a license through Frankfort by contacting Motor Vehicle Division, 114 West Clinton Street, Frankfort, KY 40622 (502.573.1000). Once you receive your license from Frankfort, bring the license to the Dealer Services Department in Room 100 of the Fiscal Court Building where you will complete 2 other forms. (These forms ask for addresses and SS# of your employees, so be prepared to have them on hand.) You will be issued your dealer plates at that time. Your master plate is $28.50 and each additional plate is $15.00. Temporary tags can then be purchased for $2.00 each.

Q: What is the method of payment for the Dealers Section?

A: Our method of payment is either by: Blank check payable to the Jefferson County Clerk, Cash, Visa, MC, Discover and ACH. The ACH method of payment allows us to debit your bank account directly, saving you time! Authorization forms are available in the Dealer/Services Department (502.574.5892) or Finance Department (502.574.6280).

Q: What is the Child Care Assistance Fund?

A: Child Care Assistance Fund helps Kentucky families place their children in quality child care that makes a difference in a child's life today by providing early learning experiences critical for children's success in school, work, and in meeting life's challenges. When you renew, add a buck or two in support of this fund. For more information visit www.metrounitedway.org or www.4cforkids.org.

Q: What is the Veteran's Trust Fund?

A: The Veteran's Trust Fund provides funding for Veteran's nursing homes, cemeteries, homeless shelters and a great many worthwhile programs that benefit those who answered the call when our Nation needed their service.

Q: Who designed the new license plate?

A: The license plates are designed by the Dept. of Transportation, Dept. of Tourism, and the Governor's Office.