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 can also purchase a one-time temporary KYU Permit per truck if you are not making regular trips through the state of Kentucky.​


​You must set up a Kentucky Online Gateway account before applying 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. 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.

Farm plate​d vehicles are exempt from paying the ​KYU tax.​


  • Process your KYU tax return online to print a copy for your records.

  • You must have a registered KYU account to file taxes electronically.​

  • Tax filing and penalty bill payments can be made electronically with a credit card or ACH.

Carriers can use KYU E-File to amend a return to increase reported miles. Contact the Division of Motor Carriers to amend a return to decrease reported miles.​​


for instructions on reinstating an account, click Reinstating an Account PDF.