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Assessment and Payment

  • Property Valuation Administrators (PVAs) in each county must list, value, and assess the property tax on motor vehicles and motor boats as of January 1st of each year.  (KRS 132.220(1)(a))
  • The person who owns a motor vehicle on January 1st of the year is responsible for paying the property taxes for that vehicle for the year.
  • Payment should be made to the County Clerk Office in the county where the vehicle is registered.  If the taxes are not paid by the due date, then penalties and interest may be assessed.  Find my County Clerk Office.

Billing and Due Dates

The Department of Revenue (DOR) sends out a notice of tax due and registration renewal to all motor vehicle owners each year.  For any vehicle previously registered in Kentucky, this notice is sent out during the month prior to registration renewal month (usually, the owner's birth month). For any vehicle that was not already registered in that tax year, the notice is sent out during the month following the transfer of that motor vehicle. By law, not receiving the renewal notice card is not a defense against having to pay the tax or any applicable penalties, interest, lien fees, or cost recovery. (KRS 134.805(5)(d))

Protest of Assessment

If you disagree with the assessment of your vehicle, then you must protest that assessment with your county PVA. The assessment shall be due and payable if not protested in writing to the Department of Revenue within 60 days from the date of notice (see the information on back of the renewal notice). 

Refunds

By law, all requests for property tax refunds must be filed within two (2) years from the date the tax was paid. All refunds shall be authorized by the county PVA on Revenue Form 62A044 and supporting documentation. (KRS 134.590(2))

Additional Motor Vehicle Property Tax Information

​An active duty military servicemember whose Leave and Earning Statement (LES) indicates Kentucky as the state of residence or taxable state will owe Kentucky property tax, whether he or she is a Kentucky resident or not. 

An active duty military servicemember will not owe Kentucky property tax if he or she is in Kentucky on military orders and his/her LES does not indicate Kentucky as the state of residence or taxable state.  

Read about Kentucky income tax military exemptions

Learn more about the federal Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.

​Certain trailers used on routes or in systems that are partly within and partly outside Kentucky may be exempt from state and local ad valorem property tax. To learn more, including which trailers qualify and documentation must be filed with the forms below, read DOR guidance here.

Single Apportioned Trailer:
Form 62A044  Affidavit for Correction/Exoneration of Motor Vehicle/Boat/Trailer Property Tax
Fleet Apportioned Trailer:
Form 62A044-T  Affidavit for Correction/Exoneration of Fleet Trailer Property Tax


​You may still receive a property tax bill even if you have filed bankruptcy. Motor vehicle property taxes are not dischargeable through bankruptcy if the tax is less than one (1) year delinquent at the time the bankruptcy petition is filed.  If you file bankruptcy and you owe taxes to the Department of Revenue (DOR), you must list DOR as a creditor on your bankruptcy petition.

​The Department of Revenue requires the Final Divorce Decree and/or judge signed legal documents before a person can be removed as liable for tax purposes.  The divorce decree must be signed by a judge prior to January 1 of the tax year for which the tax record is to be edited.

​If you no longer have a vehicle that you used to own, to avoid having to pay FUTURE taxes on that vehicle you must surrender the title to the County Clerk.  In the event that you do not have the title to the vehicle, you will need to request a duplicate title from the Transportation Cabinet and then surrender that duplicate title to the County Clerk.

Vehicles are considered "historic" if they are twenty-five (25) years old or older and used primarily for exhibition in shows, parades, tours, and other special uses, but not for general transportation. Historic vehicles are licensed and registered by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. (KRS 186.043(2)(3))

​Property tax assessments and procedures are the same for motorboats as they are for motor vehicles. (KRS 132.488) For the definition of a motorboat, see KRS 235.010.

​If a vehicle is transferred in any year before the property taxes on that vehicle have been paid, then within ten (10) working days after the transfer date or after the notice of transfer, a notice of tax due will be sent to the person who owned the vehicle on January 1st of the year. (KRS 134.805(5)(b)) The notice of taxes due will notify the person of the amount of property tax that is still owed on the vehicle.

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Please contact the Transportation Cabinet at
(502) 564-5301 or visit their website at http://drive.ky.gov for assistance.

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Kentucky law requires motor vehicles to be registered within 15 days from the date they are brought into Kentucky for use. It is illegal for Kentucky residents to fail to do so. (KRS 186.150)  

If you see Kentucky residents abusing the system by operating motor vehicles on Kentucky highways for more than 15 days with out-of-state license plates or driving with expired temporary or permanent tags, please help DOR identify those freeroaders.

  • Report online
  • Call 1-800-882-8990
  • Mail to:
      Freeroaders
      Kentucky Department of Revenue
      501 High Street, Station 32
      Frankfort, KY 40620

You do not need to identify yourself.

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Motor Vehicle Property Tax

The Kentucky Department of Revenue conducts work
under the authority of the Finance and Administration Cabinet.