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 Business One Stop account before you can apply for a KYU number. If you have issues registering your account see our Kentucky Business One Stop Registration Guide.
  • 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

 Note: If carriers need to amend taxes for KYU they will need to contact the Division of Motor Carriers to do so.


A bond is required on any license holder that meets the requirements set forth KRS 138.670 (1), or violates any provision of KRS 138.655 to 138.725. The required form(s) can be found in the Forms Library​​​​​