....replace the VIN tag if such removal and replacement "...is reasonably necessary for the repair...".
There's the phrase. REASONABLY NECESSARY
Can you take the plate out of squashed car and weld it into a good car of a different year?........ mmmmmmm?
Please post back on this thread and let us know what you find out. I am curious about KY.
Down here you have to have both titles and submit them to the state for retitling as one vehicle.