A large dry-erase board in the Barren County Clerk’s office alerts customers of a $3 fee for a duplicate copy of a registration receipt if customers fail to bring it with them when renewing their vehicle registration or transferring a vehicle.
Barren County Clerk Joanne London began charging the $3 fee in April.
“This was supposed to have been done all along,” said London. “It was a regulation the clerks were supposed to have been enforcing years ago.”
Kentucky Revised Statute 186.180 mandates county clerks statewide to charge the $3 fee. The law was enacted by the Kentucky General Assembly in June of 2007, but the state has been lenient in requiring county clerks to charge the fee.
According to London, the $3 fee is turned over to the Barren Fiscal Court as part of the county clerks’ excess fees, which are included in the county’s general fund and used for county government operations.
Some county clerks, including those in Metcalfe and Monroe counties, have not been charging the fee. They also haven’t been requiring customers return their registration receipts. Instead, they’ve been accepting customers’ registration reminder cards or proofs of auto insurance.
“I haven’t implemented it in the office,” said Metcalfe County Clerk Carol Chaney.
The primary reason is because she hasn’t had a problem with customers forgetting their registration receipts.
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