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Bell County Clerk Debbie Gambrel - Vehicle registration grace period nears end

From Bell County Clerk Debbie Gambrel -

Almost 2,900 vehicle registrations in Bell County remain unpaid beyond their original expiration date.

According to data released by the Kentucky Division of Motor Vehicle Licensing, more than 470 registrations due in March alone remain unpaid in Bell County. Another 600-plus from August are still due. And 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 at the Bell County Clerk offices (Pineville or Middlesboro) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and Saturday in Pineville (Old Courthouse) 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. When renewing your registration, be sure to bring:

- Kentucky certificate of registration.

- Current original proof of Kentucky insurance.​

- 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, campers, boats and disabled parking placards by mail.

Mailing Address:

Bell County Clerk

P O Box 157

Pineville, Ky. 40977

For additional information, call the Clerk’s office (606) 337-6144

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