Replacing a Lost Registration in Kentucky

Duplicate Registration Receipts & License Plates in Kentucky

If your license plates or vehicle registration receipts are missing or damaged beyond the point of recognition, you can request duplicates from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and your local county clerk.

If your license plates, decals, or registration was stolen, along with applying for replacements, you should contact your local authorities to file a police report.

Regardless of whether your license plates or registration is lost, stolen, or damaged, you should request replacements/duplicates as soon as possible.

If you are pulled over for a traffic violation and you cannot present the law enforcement officer with your current registration documents, you may face additional fines and penalties on top of the ones you may already face for your initial violation. If you drive without your license plates or current decals attached, you have a high risk of being pulled over and receiving a traffic citation.

On this page you'll find an overview of the general steps you may need to take to replace your license plates, registration decals, and registration receipt.

If you have questions pertaining to your specific situation or vehicle registration, please contact the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Replace Your Registration Receipt in KY

If your vehicle registration receipt is lost, damaged beyond recognition, or was never received after your registration renewal, you should apply for a duplicate.

You'll need to visit your local county clerk's office to replace your lost Kentucky registration.

You'll typically need to simply bring in your:

  • License plate number.
  • Proof of identity, name, and address.
  • Proof of Kentucky auto insurance, if necessary.
  • Vehicle's information.

You may need to complete an Application for Kentucky Certificate of Title or Registration (Form TC 96-182) and mark the appropriate boxes for a duplicate.

Your Kentucky county clerk will usually print out a copy after you provide the necessary information. There may be a small fee. Contact your local county clerk for details and requirements.

Kentucky License Plates or Decals

If you've lost your license plate and/or decal, you must also visit the KY county clerk's office in person. Your county clerk's office will typically help you complete the necessary paperwork and then put in an order for your replacement plate. Fees will usually apply and may vary from county to county.

You'll usually need to provide the KY county clerk with your:

  • Registration receipt.
  • Proof of car insurance.
  • Name and address as they appear on your current title/registration.
  • License plate number.

If your license plate or decal is damaged, you may need to bring the damaged plate or sticker to surrender to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

If you suspect that your license plate or registration decal was stolen, you should also contact the local law enforcement agency to document the theft and file a police report. You may need to submit the police report to the Kentucky county clerk when you request a replacement.

After you complete the replacement application process, you'll likely be given a temporary license plate to use while you wait for your replacement plate. When your replacement plate arrives, the county clerk's office will generally contact you to pick it up or mail you your new plate.


TC 96-182
Application for Kentucky Certificate of Title or Registration
Application for an original, transferred, updated, OR replacement Kentucky vehicle title.

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