KY issues over 150 different types of passenger and motorcycle license plates. License plates can be categorized into the following types: Regular (Standard Issue), Special, University, Independent College, Military, Military Motorcycle, Miscellaneous, Disabled, and Special Motorcycle Plates. To view all Kentucky License Plates, visit the Plate List application page.
Standard issue passenger plates (Unbridled Spirit and In God We Trust), the standard-issue motorcycle plate, military plates, and special plates can be personalized.
Personalized plates are regulated by the Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS) 186.174, KRS 186.164 (9) (c) thru (g), and Kentucky Administrative Regulations (KAR) 601 KAR 9:012.
For a list and image of all plates, visit the Plate List application page.
All personalized plate requests must be pre-approved by the Cabinet’s Personalized Plate Review Committee prior to applying for your County Clerk. To initiate the personalized plate application process, you must complete the following forms and take the necessary steps:
- Visit the Plate List application page to check the availability of the character combination/s of your request. You will do this by clicking on the image of the plate you are interested in and click on the “PERSONALIZE THIS PLATE.”
- Once availability has been checked, submit your online request, click on the "REQUEST THIS PLATE" button.
Note: Your plate request is granted on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is a possibility that your plate request may become unavailable if the same request was received prior to your submission being processed by your County Clerk.
Please review Requirements and Restrictions regarding personalized plate character combinations.
If your plate request is PRE-APPROVED-
- Upon receipt of your pre-approval notification, take your pre-approval E-mail notification (and any other necessary documents) to your County Clerk's Office in the county where you reside.
- Pay the $25.00 personalized plate fee to your county clerk. This is in addition to the registration fee applied to each plate.
- All pre-approval notifications will be emailed to the address referenced on the online request form.
If your plate request is REJECTED-
- All rejection notifications will be emailed to the address referenced on the online request form.
- Your notification will advise you of your next steps: reapply with a new request or appeal your current request.
To appeal the rejection of your personalized plate request, please complete the online appeal form
Important: Appeals are reviewed once a month by the Personalized Plate Appeal Committee. This committee is separate from the initial Personalized Plate Review Committee. All appeal decisions are final. Decisions made by the Appeal Review Committee will be emailed and/or mailed to the address referenced on the appeal form.
Requirements & Restrictions
Personalized passenger plates may contain up to six alphas and/or numeric characters in addition to a space or dash. However, in some cases, the characters may impede on the design of the plate. It is recommended to review the image of the plate to determine desirable spacing.
Personalized motorcycle plates may contain up to five alpha and/or numeric characters in addition to a space or dash.
A personalized plate character combination may only appear on one plate at any given time.
What character combinations are reserved / unavailable?
You may visit the Plate List application page to see available character combinations, click on the image of the plate you are interested in, and click on the “PERSONALIZE THIS PLATE.” Customers may look up plate availability this way.
Notification, Processing & Pickup
It takes approximately four to six weeks from when the application is made for a personalized plate to be manufactured, processed, and shipped to the County Clerk’s office for pick-up by the customer.
Replace a Lost or Stolen Plate
The County Clerk will issue a standard-issue plate and submit a request to have the lost or stolen plate remade. Once a personalized plate is deemed lost or stolen, it cannot be re-issued until January of the following calendar year.
When a personalized plate is damaged, it must be returned to the County Clerk’s office in the customer’s county of residence. The County Clerk will issue the customer a standard-issue plate and submit a request to have the damaged personalized plate remade. The customer will be notified when the new personalized plate has been made and is available to be picked up in the County Clerk’s office.
Selling or trading your vehicle that has a personalized Plate
Before you sell or trade your vehicle with a personalized plate on it, you must first let your County Clerk know. The clerk must assign a new standard-issue plate to the vehicle so that you may keep your personalized plate. A $6.00 plate and decal replacement fee will be assessed.
Moving a personalized plate to another vehicle
Should you wish to put your personalized plate on another vehicle, the Clerk will need to assign the personalized plate to the other vehicle properly. To transfer your personalized plate to another vehicle, a $3.00 re-issue fee will be assessed.
Taxes & Fees
Registration renewal fees are due at the time of registration renewal. Most property (ad valorem) taxes are due by the last day of your birth month. There are some exceptions to this, such as historical vehicles, which are due in December, and title-only vehicles, which are due in July (this is a partial list of exceptions).