Boat Purchased Out of State

What you will need:

  1. Original Out-of-State Title (If a title is not issued by that state, provide the Certificate of Registration accompanied by a bill of sale) properly assigned by the seller and notarized, if required in that state
  2. Application for Title/Registration (TC96-184) (See Example)
  3. Out-of-State Purchase - Use Tax Affidavit (51A280) (See Example)
  4. Proof of sales/use tax paid to the dealer (if applicable)
  5. Picture identification
  6. Social Security Number for each new owner(s) or Federal Tax ID Number for companies

*All liens must be terminated prior to transfer.

How will Use Tax be calculated?

A 6% Kentucky use tax is collected on the sale price. Credit is given for sales or use tax paid to a dealer. Proof is required. (Occassional sales between individuals may be exempt from use tax.)


Title fee: $  9.00
Clerk fee: $  3.00 - $ 6.00
Lien filing fee if applicable: $22.00 - $26.00
Registration fees:
     1 ft. to 16 ft. $25.00
     16 ft. to 26 ft. $29.00
     26 ft. to 40 ft. $35.00
     40 ft. and over $39.00
     Trolling motors $15.00
     All inboards and inboard/outboard motors $40.00

Any delinquent property tax owed may prohibit title/registration.

Acceptable Methods of Payment



All appointments are located at the Fayette County Clerk’s Office, 162 E. Main St., Lexington, KY 40507.

Please park in the Helix Parking Garage at this address. At your designated appointment time, proceed to the 2nd Floor entrance to check-in. You will then be directed to the appropriate department for your appointment.

Masks must be worn during your appointment.

If you do not have the proper documentation needed for your transaction, you will be asked to reschedule.

Click here to make an appointment with the Transfer Department