Vehicle registration – Grace period nears end


Almost 1,000 vehicle registrations in Hancock County remain unpaid,                              beyond their original expiration date, according to Hancock County Clerk, Trina Ogle.

According to data released by the Kentucky Division of Motor Vehicle Licensing, more than 312 registrations due in March alone remain unpaid in Hancock County. Another 200-plus from August are still due. Time is running out for those vehicle owners to pay their registration and taxes without incurring a penalty.

Earlier this year, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet granted a grace period for all vehicle and vessel registrations and disabled parking placards administered by county clerks or the Cabinet. That window, which was created to ease the burden on those adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, will continue with no penalties through the close of business on Oct. 6.

However, beginning Oct. 7, any unpaid registration or placard due at the end of September or earlier will be considered past due and a penalty will be added for the entire overdue period. That means registrations due at the end of March will have seven months of penalties tacked on to the original bill.

Registrations can be renewed in Hancock County Clerk Trina Ogle’s office 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

When renewing your registration, be sure to bring:
–   Kentucky certificate of registration or renewal notice
–   Current original proof of Kentucky insurance effective date within 45 days of the date you renew your registration.​
–   Money for fees and applicable taxes in the form of cash, check or debit or credit card. There is an additional fee to use a debit or credit card.

Kentuckians may also renew registrations for vehicles, trailers and campers online at drive.ky.gov, by mail or by drop box.  Boats may be renewed in-person at county clerk offices, by drop box or through the mail.  Disabled parking placards must be renewed in-person.  The black drop box is located by the doors outside the Administration Building.

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