A major step forward in modernizing the state’s vehicle information database is approaching as transportation officials migrate to a new, customer-centric system. All County Clerk offices will temporarily pause in-person and online motor and vessel-related services in early January to accommodate the transition. The suspension of services starts Jan. 1, 2024, lasts between 4 to 10 business days and may cause longer wait times when services resume in January. 


The following services will be unavailable during the migration: 

  • vehicle registration renewals
  • vehicle and boat titling and transfers
  • disabled parking permit issuance
  • license plate issuance

Vehicle owners due to renew in December are encouraged to do so early before holiday closures. 



  • COUNTY CLERK OFFICES- Motor vehicle-related services will be unavailable as early as Friday, Dec. 29. All offices will pause services starting Jan. 1, 2024, and gradually resume services the week of Jan. 8, 2024. Some offices will choose to close to the public during this time, while others may be open to perform services not related to vehicles. Check with your local county clerk's office to learn their plans.

The move to KAVIS will not impact driver license issuance at Driver Licensing Regional Offices.​​


Administered by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), the state’s 40-year-old legacy system AVIS (Automated Vehicle Information System) will sunset this year, and the seventh and final module of the new KAVIS (Kentucky Automated Vehicle Information System) will be fully integrated by early January. The system upgrade is a part of KYTC’s commitment to enhancing operational efficiencies within the Department of Vehicle Regulation, the Division of Motor Vehicle Licensing and County Clerks’ offices throughout the state.

A statewide break of services is necessary to allow for an optimal transfer of more than 350 million records.

The project to migrate to KAVIS kicked off in 2015. Since then, six module releases have been implemented, including a standardized point of sale system, disabled placard improvements, print on demand decals and new flat license plates. With KAVIS in place in early January, new special license plate designs will be available for request at County Clerk offices.   

“The move to digital plates has resulted in more reflective and readable plates, reduced storage requirements and increased on-demand printing capabilities,” said Stout. “Once in place, we’ll be able to continue a stream of new advancements like offering more than 20 new specialty license plates to choose from that promote nonprofit organizations in Kentucky.”