Kentucky Title Replacement: A Duplicate KY Car Title Guide

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The Kentucky title replacement process is a quick-and-easy job when you have everything ready. Why would you need one? Your KY title may have been damaged or mutilated beyond legibility. Or, perhaps it was stolen or you simply can’t find it.

Duplicate Title

Either way, you’ll want to get the title in order if you ever plan to transfer ownership and complete many transactions when at the DMV.

Kentucky requires replacing a car title if lost, damaged, or stolen. You can get a duplicate title a few ways in Kentucky, and this article will share the options you have.

How to Replace or Get a Duplicate Kentucky Title?

You can replace your title in-person at a local Kentucky County Clerk’s location.

You’ll need to file the Application for Kentucky Certificate of Title or Registration (TC 96-182).

Note: You’re required to have the form notarized and mark the form stating you’re requesting a duplicate title (along with the reason for this request). You will also include the VIN, an odometer disclosure, and personal information (Name, SSN, address) when submitting the information.

You will show your driver’s license or ID, then submit a $6 fee for the duplicate title service.

Other items you may need:

  • Driver’s license or ID card
  • License plate number
  • Vehicle’s VIN, make, model, and year
  • Vehicle’s registration proof of ownership
  • Any lien details and power of attorney (if applicable)

While these items aren’t entirely necessary, you may want to have them on-hand in case you need to process other items at the DMV. These documents also prove handy if you’re making corrections.

Replacing/Duplicates In-Person

Replacing a title in-person requires you to:

  1. Locate your local KY County Clerk
  2. Show proof of ID
  3. Submit your form
  4. Pay the application fee
    1. If applicable: $2 notary fee (done at the clerk’s office)

Your Kentucky title replacement request is processed on location. You’ll receive the replacement / duplicate title by mail in about a week.

You may request expedited service for an extra $25 fee (picked up at the office or mailed to you).

Making Corrections or Updating Your Information

Need to update some information on your KY vehicle title? You can do so when submitting the application, given you provide documents stating the change to your information (ex., Court order).

You can also use this time to complete items like transferring a title! We recommend trying to fit as much as you can in during your trip to make your time at the DMV easy and frustration-free.


We hope this guide helped you understand the process of getting a replacement title in Kentucky. Following the steps outlined here will help make sure you have all the necessary documents and fees ready for your DMV visit. Good luck!