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PostHeaderIcon Renewal of a Kentucky Boat Registration

The following documents are required:

1. Original certificate of registration 2. Social Security number if individual, or federal tax ID number for companies
Boat registrations are renewed yearly with the issuance of a decal. Boat registrations expire in the month of April. A courtesy notice showing tax and registration fees due is mailed by the Department of Revenue the month prior to expiration.
FEES AND TAXES
Advalorem Property Tax
Every boat titled in Kentucky is assessed by the property valuation administrator as of January 1 of each year. The tax rate is set by each taxing jurisdiction (school board, etc.). The tax liability for the year is placed on the owner of record of vehicle as of January 1. Taxes are due upon renewal or registration change. If a boat is transferred prior to renewal the owner of record as of January 1 is liable for the taxes for that boat.
Registration Fees
$25.00 - 1 ft. to 16 ft. ( 1 ft. thru 15 ft. 11 in.)
$29.00 - 16 ft. to 26 ft. (16 ft. thru 25 ft. 11 in.)
$35.00 - 26 ft. to 40 ft. (26 ft. thru 39 ft. 11 in.)
$39.00 - 40 ft. and over
$15.00 - Trolling Motors
$40.00 - All inboards and inboard/outboard motors
Where to Renew
Boat renewals may be processed in the county of residence or in the county of dockage. They may be done either in person at the County Clerk's office or by mail. If done in person, free parking is provided in the adjacent parking structure. Your parking ticket must be validated by the clerk's office for one hour free parking. If renewals are done by mail, simply mail the appropriate documents to the clerk's office. Add $2.00 per boat to total fees to cover postage and handling. Your renewal will be returned to you within 2-3 days.
Expired registrations cannot be renewed by mail.
Acceptable Methods of Payment
Cash, Certified Check, Cashier's Check, Money Order, MasterCard, Visa and Personal Check only when renewing by mail.
 
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