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Registering a Classic Car in Kentucky | Paducah, KY

Registering a Classic Car in Kentucky | Chip Wynn Motors | Paducah, KY
Did you recently purchase a classic car at Chip Wynn Motors? Then you need to register it with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) like you would a regular car. There are special guidelines when registering a classic car in Kentucky, but the process is for the most part identical to the regular vehicle registration process.

Before you visit your local Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KTC) office, you will need to determine if your vehicle is a historic vehicle or a street rod. According to the DMV, a historic car is any motor vehicle that is 25 years or older and is used as an exhibition in parades, car shows, etc. A street rod, on the other hand, is a vehicle that was manufactured prior to 1949 or has been redesigned to look like a vehicle from that time period. A historic vehicle is not a passenger vehicle while a street rod can be.

After knowing your vehicle type, collect the car title and bill of sale, grab your checkbook, and bring along proof of car insurance. Take these to your local KTC office to apply for registration. There, you will complete a registration application form and pay applicable fees. You will also need to apply for and purchase classic car tags. (Here is where you will need to determine if your vehicle is a historic vehicle or street rod.)

License plates for classic cars cost $46, and you can pay an additional $25 to have the license plate personalized. This is an annual fee. You will also have to pay $21 to renew your classic car plates. To apply for Kentucky historic license plates, you must pay a fee of $59; these plates are permanent, however.

If you have questions about the process, simply call or visit your local KTC office.


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Paducah, KY 42001
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