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Title and Registration of a First Time Out of State Boat

The following documents and information are required:

  1. Original Title*
  2. Application for title/registration (TC-96-814)
  3. Security agreement, if applicable.
  4. Owner/Buyer personal ID.
  5. Social Security number for each party appearing on the title or federal ID tax number for companies
  6. If the boat is purchased in another state, form 51A280(Out of State Purchase Use-Tax Affidavit) and appropriate supporting documentation.

*Some states do not issue boat titles. Contact the County Clerk’s office to determine if your state does. If your state does not title boats, you will need to supply the County Clerk with your registration.

Fees and Taxes

$ 9.00 – Kentucky Title Fee
$22.00 – Record Lien
$ 2.00 – Preparation of Motor Vehicle Title Lien Statement
$ 3.00 – Preparation of Title Application

——–  Registration fees will be calculated according to length of boat and type of motor.*
Maximum registration fee for one year $28.00.

Use Tax

A six percent (6%) use tax based on the purchase price may be collected on boats purchased in another state. There is no use tax collected on previously registered boats moving into Kentucky with a new resident.

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

Acceptable Methods of Payment:
Cash, Certified Check, Cashier’s Check, Money Order. (Visa and MasterCard are not accepted for title or transfer transactions)

Susan Campbell
Boyd County Clerk

Boyd County Courthouse
2800 Louisa St.
Catlettsburg, Ky. 41129

Phone: (606) 739-5116
Email: [email protected]

Branch Offices
Cedar Knoll Mall
Phone: (606) 929-9595

Ashland Office
335 16th Street
Ashland, Ky. 41101
Phone: (606) 325-3547