|Kentucky Boating Registration
As the owner of a mechanically-powered vessel, you are legally required to register your boat before launching it on Kentucky’s waterways. All motorboats must be registered in the state of Kentucky. You can register your boat in the County Clerk's Office of the county of your residence or where the boat is most used. All registered vessels must also be titled in Kentucky.
Your boat's classification is determined by its length and type of propulsion. The class will determine applicable laws, required equipment and the registration fees you will pay upon initial registration and at renewal.
|Class A Vessels (less than 16’ in length) $19.00
|Class 1 Vessels (16’ to less than 26’ in length) $23.00
|Class 2 Vessels (26’ to less than 40’ in length) $29.00
|Class 3 Vessels (over 40’ in length) $33.00
|Inboard boats (regardless of size) $34.00
|Boats propelled by an electric (trolling) motor only $9.00
The above costs do not include property taxes, clerk’s fees, titling fees or any other applicable charges. (301 KAR 6:005)
Numbering Your Vessel
Once your boat has been assigned a registration number and decals, you must display them on your boat correctly. The registration number must be displayed on each side of the bow, read from left to right and in a position to be distinctly visible. The letters and numbers must be of a plain BLOCK design, at least three (3) inches tall and of a color that contrasts to the color of the hull. There must be a letter size space or hyphen between letter and number groups:
Before you can register your homemade boat, you must first apply for a Hull Identification Number with the Kentucky Department of Transportation (DOT).
How to Renew Your Boat Registration
Kentucky boat registrations must be renewed every year. You will receive a reminder by mail approximately 30 days before your deadline. Boaters can renew their registrations in person or via the US Postal Service.
Renew In Person
Go to the appropriate county clerk's office with your original registration, Social Security number and payment.
Renew In Person
Send your original registration along with your payment to the address listed. Include $2 postage and handling fee; your registration should be returned to you within a few days.
Replace Lost Registration
Receive a duplicate registration by going to your county clerk's office with personal identification and the $6.00 fee.
Kentucky requires boats to be titled within 15 days of new purchase or transfer.
When ownership changes:
Whenever a vessel is destroyed or abandoned, the owner shall, within 15 days, give notice to the county clerk to terminate the registration. The owner shall remove the numbers and decals from the vessel.