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Kentucky Grace Period for Vehicle Registration Ending Soon

I March, Governor Andy Beshear issued an executive order that granted an extension for vehicle registration, but that order ends on October 6th, leaving more than 18,000 residents in Daviess, Henderson, and Hopkins County with expired tags.

Posted: Sep 29, 2020 5:43 PM

A grace period is running out for bluegrass residents who haven't paid their vehicle and boat registration and taxes.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, governor Andy Beshesr issued an executive on March 6th that granted an extension for vehicle and boat registrations administered by county clerks.

People whose registration has expired during that time have not yet been penalized.

“That way they wouldn’t have to pay taxes on top of everything else," said Daviess County Clerk, Leslie McCarty. "Losing their job, that sort of thing.”

But now that grace period is quickly coming to an end.

If you currently have an expired vehicle,

October 6th is the last day to get it registered without having to pay additional fees.

“If they don’t pay their taxes, they’re just going to keep accruing late charges, more fees, and penalties, so it is in their best interest to pay on time," said McCarty.

That grace period has left more than 6,000 Davies county residents having expired tags on their vehicles once October 7th hits, and that’ll mean late fees and the possibility of getting pulled over.

"State and local police know about this, so if they’ve pulled over people for expired tags, they’ll tell people that they need to renew them, but they have an extended deadline until October 6th, but now that the deadline is so close, they may not go so easy on you,” said McCarty.

And Daviess County isn’t the only bluegrass county seeing an excess of expired tags

Hopkins County reports more than 5,000 expired vehicle registrations, and in Henderson County, that number is more than 7300.

But McCarty said county clerks around the bluegrass have made it easy for people to renew their tags before this grace period ends.

“They can renew online, you can also come to the courthouse, you can also mail it, or you can call us, so you definitely want to do it before October 6th," said McCarty.

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