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    Selling a Vehicle

    You'll need to provide the buyer with a notarized title if it is a paper title.

    A bill of sale is not required. The Division of Motor Vehicle (DMV), however, strongly encourages keeping a copy for your own records. Since the buyer has 60 days to register and title a used vehicle if it is a paper title and 30 days if it is a paperless title. A bill of sale helps protect you against any possible liability claims during this interim.

    The license plates stay on the vehicle if sold to a Kentucky resident.

    Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability

    If you sell the vehicle to an out-of-state resident, remove the license plates and surrender them to your county clerk. Otherwise, if you sell within state, you are not obligated to notify the DMV.

    Bill of Sale

    Though a bill of sale is not required, DMV officials highly recommend keeping a copy for your own files. You can easily download one from our Bill of Sale page.

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