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Vehicle Information

​Vehicle Registration

A motorcycle can be registered in one of two ways. The owner may register at the dealership where the bike was purchased, or through the local county clerk’s office.

To learn more about vehicle registration, visit the Kentucky DMV website.

​If you would like to locate your county clerk’s office, visit the Motor Vehicle Licensing System website.

Licensing & Endorsement Information

Motorcycle Permits and Licenses

Motorcycle permits and licenses are issued in the county clerk’s office in the Kentucky county of residence.

To apply for a motorcycle permit, you must be at least 18 years of age, or you must hold a valid operator's license. Applicants for a motorcycle license permit who are under 18 years of age, however, must have a parent or legal guardian who is willing to assume the responsibility imposed by KRS 186.590 sign the application for a license. This is true even if the parent or guardian has already signed the application allowing the minor to drive a moped or automobile.

Motorcycle Endorsement

To obtain a motorcycle endorsement you must possess a full provisional license, a regular or commercial license.

Moped License

A moped is defined as having: No more than two brake horsepower, a cylinder capacity not exceeding fifty cubic centimeters, an automatic transmission not requiring clutching or shifting by the operator after the drive system is engaged, and capable of a maximum speed of not more than thirty miles per hour (KRS 189.285).

Moped licenses are issued in the county clerk’s office in the Kentucky county of residence.

You must be at least 16 years of age and have a permit to ride a moped in the state of Kentucky. Applicants for a moped license who are under 18 years of age must have a parent or legal guardian who is willing to assume responsibility imposed by KRS 186.590 sign the application for a license.