Renewal of a Kentucky Boat Registration

What you will need:

  1. Original Certificate of Registration (Photocopies are not acceptable)
  2. Social Security Number for each owner on the registration or Federal Tax ID Number for companies
  3. If the original registration is not available, the current registered owner must sign an Affidavit for Replacement (TC96-167) and have their signature notarized (See Example). There will be an additional $6.00 fee for the replacement. (If notarized outside our office - $3.00)
  4. Add $2.00 for postage and handling per registration for mail in renewal

Boat registrations are renewed annually in April. Boat renewals may be processed in the county of residence or in the county of dockage.

Expired registrations cannot be renewed by mail.

The Department of Revenue mails a courtesy notice in the month prior to expiration showing tax and registration fees due.

To process by mail, send to:

Fayette County Clerk
162 East Main Street
Lexington, KY 40507

Property Tax

Property tax for your vehicles, trailers and boats are assessed by the Property Valuation Administrator on January 1st of each year. You are responsible for property tax for any boat registered to you on January 1.

Taxes are collected upon renewal or registration change. If a boat is transferred prior to renewal, the January 1st owner is responsible for the taxes on that boat.

Registration Fees:
$31.00 - 1 ft. to 16 ft.
$50.00 - 16 ft. to 26ft.
$60.00 - 26 ft. to 40 ft.
$75.00 - 40 ft. and over
$20.00 - Trolling Motors
$53.00 - All inboards and inboard/outboard motors

Acceptable Methods of Payment


To request in person: Make an appointment to visit the Renewal Department

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

At your designated appointment time, proceed to the 2nd Floor entrance in the Helix Garage to check-in. (Do not use the front doors)  You will then be directed to the appropriate department for your appointment.

A mask will be required while inside the building.

Only the individual renewing will be permitted in the building, anyone accompanying them will have to wait outside.

For all transactions processed by the renewal department please have all related paperwork in hand at the time of your appointment.  Do not make an appointment through this link for any transfers/change of ownership, or business related to the recording department (deeds, mortgages, marriage license).

Click here to make an appointment with the Renewal Department