Kentucky Trailer Laws & Regulations

Trailers offer a great way to transport large items without having to use a truck. However, there are laws and regulations that must be followed when driving a trailer. In Kentucky, these laws and regulations are listed below.

Does Kentucky Require Plates On Trailers?

All trailers in Kentucky require a title. However, privately owned trailers used for carrying boats, luggage, farming equipment or supplies, and personal belongings do not need to be registered commercially.

What do you need to register a trailer in Kentucky? You will need the following items in order to register your vehicle: photo ID, Kentucky certificate of registration, current original proof of Kentucky insurance effective date within 45 days (not a copy), money for fees and applicable taxes - check with your County Clerk's office for accepted forms of payment.

Many special license plates can be obtained by the general public. If your vehicle is already registered, you must bring the current plate, registration certificate and proof of liability insurance to the county clerk's office. The Department of Transportation typically processes and mails titles to customers 4-6 weeks after an application is submitted. In some cases, "Speed" titles can be expedited for an additional fee - these types of titles are mailed within 4-5 days.

How much does it cost to register a trailer in Kentucky? Under KRS 186.050(3), the annual registration fee for trailers and semitrailers which are drawn by motor vehicles is required to be licensed and shall cost nineteen dollars and fifty cents ($19.50). So, be ready to pay for your registration.

What about insurance in such a case? You must show evidence of current Kentucky liability insurance at the time of vehicle transfer. The insurance card must have the VIN of the car you're transferring, feature the new owner's name as being insured, and also include the NAIC number or company code.

Kentucky Trailer Laws & Regulations


You are only permitted to haul two vehicles at a time, and they must be connected so that they remain evenly spaced.


The length of the whole structure is 65 feet and the width 96 inches. The height is 13 feet and 6 inches tall, but on some roads it's only 11 feet and 6 inches.


Although Kentucky law does not demand brakes on many passenger car trailers, regardless of weight, vehicles must be able to stop within the distance specified by statute.

Hitches and Signals

For safety purposes, we recommend mounting the frame on an equalizer-type hitch. Additionally, a safety chain is required.


Every car which is so loaded that the driver cannot see clearly to the back must have a mirror located and adjusted in a way where it reflects the view of what's behind them on the highway for 200 feet.


When a vehicle is towed, state law requires that they have at least 1 green light on the left side of the vehicle that is visible from 500 feet away.

Speed Limits

Similar to passenger cars and trucks.

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