What is Kentucky Weight Distance (KYU)?

KYU is a tax license issued for all carriers traveling on Kentucky roadways with a combined license weight greater than 59,999 pounds. The tax rate is $0.0285 cents per mile.

You are also able to purchase a one-time temporary KYU Permit per truck in​ the event you are not making regular trips through the state of Kentucky.

 Important: Farm plated vehicles are exempt from paying the KYU tax.

Apply for Kentucky Weight Distance (KYU) License

You will need to set up a Kentucky Online Gateway account before you can apply for a KYU number. If you have issues registering your account, refer to the Kentucky Online Gateway FAQs.
  • KYU Numbers are issued immediately upon completion of the ONLINE KYU Application
  • For assistance, view our KYU Registration Guide
  • If you are having technical issues processing an Online Application, you can print and mail in a completed Kentucky Trucking Application Form.
 Warning: The paper application can take 10-14 business days to process, and you will only receive a KYU number after processing. Incomplete applications will be returned.

Kentucky Weight Distance (KYU) Electronic Filing

  • You can process your KYU tax return online, allowing you to print a copy for your records. You are not required to mail a completed tax form.
  • You must have a registered KYU account to file taxes electronically.
  • Payments can be made electronically with credit card or check.
 Note: If carriers need to amend taxes for KYU they will need to contact the Division of Motor Carriers to do so.
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