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Kentucky Weight Distance Tax Permit

Kentucky Weight Distance PermitThe Kentucky Highway Use Tax is a weight-distance tax based on miles your vehicles travel through Kentucky. If you operate vehicles having licensed weight greater than 60,000 pounds that travel through Kentucky, you must obtain a KYU Number or file the Kentucky Weight Distance Tax. You may obtain a KYU for your company by contacting DOT Operating Authority. We are a filing agency that helps heavy vehicle holders file their paperwork. Our company’s main goal is to save you time, so your paperwork will be done on time.



Here are the DUE DATES for Kentucky Weight Distance Tax filing:

1st Quarter2nd Quarter3rd Quarter4th Quarter





Due on April 1st, late on May 1stApril,





Due on July 1st, late on August 1stJuly,





Due on October 1st, late on November 1stOctober,





Due on January 1st, late on February 1st

Note, the license mandates that carriers file each quarter regardless of whether they have traveled to Kentucky during that period.


KYU Number

Any motor carrier based in Kentucky and operating one or more qualified motor vehicles in at least one other IFTA member jurisdiction must file an IFTA license application in Kentucky. Carriers that qualify as IFTA licensees but do not want to participate in the IFTA program, must obtain trip permits to travel through member jurisdictions, according to the regulations and fees of each member jurisdiction. Carriers who do not operate outside of Kentucky will be issued a Kentucky Intrastate Tax (KIT) license. A carrier can obtain an IFTA license with the help of DOT Operating Authority agents. We are a team of experts who know how to get you the right license easy and on time.


What Do I Need Before KYU Number?

Before Kentucky issues the KYU number, a few things must be checked to make sure your company is properly registered. First, your USDOT number must be listed as an “Interstate” carrier.  Second, if you are for-hire, you must have an “Active” MC number. Finally, you must have a current UCR (Unified Carrier Registration) for your company. If you do not have the UCR on file for the current year, then you will be unable to file.


Once you have the number issued, you will need to file your KYU quarterly taxes in a timely manner to keep your authorization active. DOT Operating Authority is a licensed agency which helps people like you obtain a KYU Number and Kentucky Weight Distance Tax Permit. The quarterly reports are due the last day of the month following the end of the quarter.


What Will Happen If I Don’t File It on Time?

Carriers who have failed to file their 1st Quarter of the previous year KYU will lose their KYU license if their taxes are not paid immediately. Cancellation of the KYU license will require carriers to pay a failure to File Fee and Post a Bond to reinstate their license.


Let DOT Operating Authority Help You Obtain a Kentucky Weight Distance Tax Permit!

We will handle all kinds of paperwork concerning your Kentucky Weight Distance Tax Permit. Our live agents have a lot of experience in working with USDOT, CA, KYU Numbers, and permitting. DOT Operating Authority is an expert at assisting trucking companies, brokers, motor carriers, and other businesses that use heavy vehicles. We can assist you with registration, updates or other matters.

Give us a call and let us do the rest. Our agents will happily assist you with the best services!