Changes made to KY special license plates

Published 11:14 am Friday, December 27, 2019

At the end of December, the Harlan County Clerk’s Office will begin implementing House Bill 341’s modifications to the statutes governing special license plates – the state’s optional plates manufactured for 44 approved non-profit organizations.

Effective Monday (Dec. 30), motorists purchasing or renewing select special organization license plates at county clerk offices will be required to pay $44.

This change impacts 29 special license plates administered under KRS 186.164 to enforce the original intention of the bill. The majority of the special plates created under this statute, such as military plates, university/college plates and nature plates, already have a donation requirement that will not change once the new legislation takes effect.

The 29 organizational plates with a new donation requirement are: Alzheimer’s Awareness, Autism Awareness, Breast Cancer Awareness, Kentucky Chiropractic Association, Choose Life, WHAS Crusade 4 Children, Curing Childhood Cancer, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Kentucky Firefighter Association, Friends of Coal, Juvenile Diabetes, Keeneland Association, KEEP Foundation, Kentucky Colonel, Kentucky Dental Association, Kentucky Library Association, League of Kentucky Sportsmen, Linemen, Louisville Zoo, Masonic Order of KY, Norton Children’s Hospital, Quail Unlimited, Rock Cares, Ryder Cup, Share the Road, Smallmouth Bass, Trust for Life and the National Wild Turkey Federation.

New fees for the 29 special plates will be $44 at the initial purchase and $44 at annual registration renewal. Currently, the cost is $44 at initial purchase, including donation.

House Bill 341 adjusted state license fees for initial purchases and renewals causing new pricing to reflect these totals.

If you have any questions, contact the Harlan County Clerk’s Office at 606-573-3636.