When Are My Vehicle Tags Due?
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        When Are My Vehicle Tags Due?

Kentucky residents have the option to license their vehicle with a standard KY license plate or to personalize it with a variety of specialty plates. Depending on the type of plate, the due dates to renew your tags vary between the type of plate and/os the type of vehicle you own. Personalized plates are available on both standard and specialty plates. The personalized plate cannot conflict with the State number/letter system nor be offensive. The customer has the option of ordering a "new" plate each year or renewing with a decal only. For a list of Personalized Plates visit http://mvl.ky.gov/MVLWeb/PIServlet


Vehicle (Standard & Personalized Plates)

For all standard ("In God We Trust" or "Unbridled Spirit") KY plates, the due date to renew the tags is the customer's birth month. If the customer chooses to personalize their standard KY plate, the due date to renew those tags is the month of December. The maximum number of characters permitted on a standard issue personalized plate is six (6). One space or one dash may be requested in addition to the six characters. The number of characters permitted on a personalized special plate varies.   

Vehicle (Specialty Plates)

Most Specialty Plate tags must be renewed during the customer's birth month. However, the following Specialty Plates are due in the month of December: Congressional, Dealer, Eastern Kentucky University, Emergency Management, Firefighter, Fraternal Order of Police, Judicial, Kentucky State University, Masonic Order, Morehead State University, Murray State University, Northern Kentucky University, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, and Western Kentucky University.

The Commonwealth of Kentucky has over 60 specialty plates for a customer to choose from, if they wish not to purchase the standard "Unbridled Spirit" or "In God We Trust" plates. For a complete list of plates, including pictures and fees, visit the Transportation Cabinet's Specialty Plate List.  


The maximum number of characters permitted on a personalized motorcycle plate is six (6). If all six characters are used, an additional space or dash is not permitted. The number of characters permitted on a personalized special motorcycle plate varies. Visit mvl.ky.gov for more information. The due date for all standard, personalized, and specialty motorcycle plates is the customer's birth month. 

Farm, Commercial Truck, Trailer, and Campers

The due date to renew these tags is March 31st.  


        The due date to renew all boat tags is April 30th.

        Handicap Plates

        The due date to renew all handicap license plates is July 31st. 


Fees for Personalizing a Plate:

$25.00 - Application (ordered by customer) - It may take up to 30 days for the plate to be recieved at the Clerks Office.

* Additional fees will be collected at the time the personalized plate is issued to the customer.




2014 kbarger profilev2A native of Richmond, Kentucky, Clerk Kenny Barger graduated from Madison Central High School and also attended Eastern Kentucky University.  Prior to his election in 2010, Clerk Kenny Barger worked in his family’s business, Barger’s Towing and Recovery, and as Manager at Mikron Industries, Inc., both located in Richmond, Kentucky. 

Current Term: 2015 - 2018
First Elected: 2010



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