Does Kentucky require an inspection for vehicle registration? Kentucky

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As of 2005, the state of Kentucky does require an emissions inspection registration renewal. Emissions testing is required only for initial vehicle registration, or for vehicles that have not previously been registered in Kentucky state.

Smog Check Locations

A complete list of smog inspection sites is available online, courtesy of the Unofficial DMV Guide. You can also contact the Motor Vehicle Licensing (MVL) division directly, for a nearby testing site:

Kentucky MVL

P.O. Box 2014

Frankfort, KY 40602-2014

(502) 564-5301

Register Car Fees

The fee to register your vehicle depends on the vehicle’s make and model, and the County you reside in. Contact your County Clerk’s office ahead of time to inquire about the fee for your particular vehicle.

Required Documents

In addition to proof of an emissions inspection, the following documents are required for initial registration in Kentucky State:

  • Proof of vehicle insurance.
  • Notarized vehicle title, signed over to you from the previous owner.
  • Completed Application for Kentucky Title/Registration.

All documents must be presented in person at the MVL division of your County Clerk’s office. A complete list of MVL locations is available on the MVL website.

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