Kentucky law requires all vehicles purchased in another state to be inspected by the Sheriff in the county where the vehicle is to be licensed.
Why Do I Need an Inspection?
An out-of-state inspection is only required when a vehicle is brought into Kentucky from another state or purchased in another state, and the owner is going to reside in Ohio County and would like an Ohio County license plate. The vehicle must comply with the provisions of KRS Chapter 189 pertaining to vehicle equipment, which says the vehicle must be in a safe condition for operation upon the highway and capable of transporting both persons and contents in a safe manner. This includes, but is not limited to: brakes, steering, headlights, rear lights, brake lights and operational turn signals. Additionally, all window glass must be in place and the vehicle must be equipped with operable front windshield wipers.
What Will Be Inspected?
A certified vehicle inspector will check the vehicle identification number (VIN) and compare it with the Title or Certificate of Origin. This information, along with the vehicle’s mileage, is recorded on a Kentucky Application for Certificate of Title/Registration Form. The completed form is required to obtain your Kentucky license plate from the Ohio County Clerk. The inspector may also check the vehicle for safety features, including: lights, wipers, horn, turn signals, glass, brakes, tires, exhaust, etc.
What Do I Need to Bring?
Please bring with you:
Your Driver’s License
$5.00 cash or check (per vehicle)
A designated parking spot is provided for your convenience on Washington Street on the south side of the Ohio County Courthouse.
A deputy can come to you for an additional $10.00 fee.
Please note: The above requirements apply primarily to automobiles, trucks and motorcycles that have been in good working condition, considered roadworthy under KRS, and have been previously registered in another state.
Inspections are conducted at the Ohio County Sheriff’s Office, 301 South Main Street, Hartford, Kentucky from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and on the first Saturday of the month from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
After hours inspections must be scheduled by calling Central Dispatch at 270.298.4444.