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Clerk’s Office Will Pause In-Person And Online Motor Vehicle Services

Services Will Resume Jan. 12, 2024

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Robert Moore
Herald Staff
rmoore@harrodsburgherald.com

The Mercer County Clerk’s Motor Vehicle Office will temporarily pause in-person and online motor and vessel­ related services from Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024, through Friday, Jan. 12, 2024, as part of the Kentucky Automated Vehicle Information System rollout.

At their final meeting of 2023 on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 10:30 a.m., the Mercer County Fiscal Court voted to support the clerk’s office payroll during the closure. The clerk’s office will reimburse the county once the office has fully reopened.

Vehicle owners due to renew in 2023 are encouraged to do so early before holiday closures on Monday, Dec. 25, 2023, and Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2023, as well as Friday, Dec. 29, 2023, and Monday, Jan. 1, 2024.

Horn said the vault and recording department will be open to the public beginning Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024.

n a statement, Mercer County Clerk Chris Horn said the rollout may cause longer wait times when services resume in January. Renewals by mail are available at the following address:
Mercer County Clerk
P.O. Box 426
Harrodsburg, KY 40330

The final phase of the Kentucky Automated Vehicle Information System, or KAVIS, will be rolled out in January to replace an outdated system. On Monday, Jan. 1, 2024, county clerk offices across the Commonwealth will not be able to process vehicle and boat registrations, transfer titles or issue license plates and disabled placards.

Starting Jan. 8, batches of county clerks will resume services each day.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet expects the entire state to be back up and running by the end of the week. Online vehicle registration will also be unavailable.

The change will not impact driver license issuance at Driver Licensing Regional Offices.

With the rollout of the new system, records will be linked to customers instead of vehicles. This means that Kentuckians will keep their license plates, and all plate owners can now carry over their remaining registration lifespan to a new vehicle.
More information is available at drive.ky.gov.

At last week’s fiscal court meeting,  Horn told the magistrates the vault and recording department will be open to the public beginning Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024, but the rest of his staff will training with the new system.

“We’re not scheduled to go live until Jan. 11,” Horn said. “We’re going to clean up a lot of stuff.”

Magistrate Tim Darland said the closure was going to be “a headache this time of year.”

“Please be patient,” Horn said. “We’re going to work hard and do the best we can.”

On Monday, Jan. 1, 2024, county clerk offices across the Commonwealth will not be able to process vehicle and boat registrations, transfer titles or issue license plates and disabled placards.

Starting Monday, Jan. 8, 2024, Horn said 30 counties are supposed to resume services each day.

During the closure, online vehicle registration will also be unavailable. The change will not impact driver license issuance at Driver Licensing Regional Offices.

The magistrates also approved the clerk’s office third quarter report.

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