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How to Renew Vehicles & Boats

Motor vehicle license plates are renewed in the owners’ birth month except personalized and specialty plates. You must provide a current KY insurance card. You may also provide the current registration and/or renewal notice received in the mail.

Accepted methods of payment are cash, money order, cashier check, and personal checks on LOCAL BANKS ONLY. We also accept Debit and Credit cards, as well as American Express.

Renew on-line:

    1. You can renew your registration online through the Kentucky Motor Vehicle Licensing System. Visit their website to get started. RENEW NOW

You will receive your completed renewal by mail in 3 – 5 business days.

Renew by Mail:

Avoid the lines and use our Mail-In Renewal Service. A $2.00 fee is added to cover postage and handling. Send registration certificate, current KY insurance card, and payment (plus a $2.00 mail-in fee) to

Checks need to be made payable to the Estill County Clerk

You will receive your completed renewal by mail in 3 – 5 business days.

Please follow the steps below to ensure your renewal:

  • Property taxes must not be delinquent on any vehicle.
  • Proof of Insurance must be a current KY Insurance card
  • Provide a correct address
  • Provide a phone numberRegistration must be current and not expired. (current month renewals only)

Motor Boat Renewals

All motorboat registrations and transfers are handled by the County Clerk’s Office. Kentucky law requires all boats having motors to be registered if operated on public waters. To register a boat you must have your registration certificate. Boat renewals and property tax payments may be processed in the same ways that you renew a motor vehicle (see above) except by the internet.

Motor Vehicle

Motor vehicle licensing is the most widely used service of the County Clerk’s office. Motor vehicle services are described below. Various motor vehicle forms can be downloaded from this web site for your convenience. Additional information may be found at KyRenew.com.


Before purchasing any motor vehicle, make certain that the current owner can provide a valid title for the vehicle. Be sure to verify that the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) matches the number reflected on the title. This number is typically located on the dashboard on the driver’s side and is usually visible through the windshield. If these numbers do not match, insist that the discrepancy be corrected or do not complete the transaction.

Printable Forms: Motor Vehicles


Renew your standard passenger “Unbridled Spirit” plate online

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