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If this is NOT your first time registering your vehicle in Idaho, the information you need can be found on our license renewal page.
There are several scenarios in which you must register your vehicle in your name, including:
- Established Idaho residency
- Purchased a used car from a private party
- Transferred ownership to you via gift, family or inheritance
Upon purchasing a vehicle within state lines, you have 30 days to register. Go beyond this timeframe and you'll be charged with a $20 late fee. If you acquired the vehicle in another state, the 30-day clock begins the day you bring it into Idaho.
If you're a new resident to Idaho, you have 90 days to register with Idaho's Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
NOTE: Before registering, you must first title your vehicle.
In addition to registering your vehicle, you're also required, by law, to insure your vehicle. If you've yet to settle on a provider, you can compare quotes at our Insurance Center.
If purchasing through a dealership, your dealer will complete a title application. You then must take this to your local county assessor's office. Remember, you must first title the vehicle before you can register.
If you've just purchased a used vehicle from a private party or recently relocated to Idaho, here's what to do:
- Have the title signed-over to you.
- Complete the title application.
- Pay all applicable registration fees.
Before settling on a used car, learn all you can about the vehicle by ordering a vehicle history report.
There are many variables involved in determining your exact registration fees, including your county of residence and the age of your vehicle.
You'll probably face some additional charges when registering for the first time. Depending on your situation, you could be charged for new plates, postage for the new plates and a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) inspection.
Once you have all of your documents in order, bring them to your local county assessor's office.
You will need to order license plates. You can choose between a standard plate ($25) or a special-plate (fees vary). Options abound with the special-plates―you can even order special frames that will complement your license plate of choice. And you can learn even more at our Plates and Placards page.
You'll be issued a registration sticker confirming you are legally registered. You must affix to the rear plate, as explained in the accompanying instructions.
The DMV receives many calls on this topic, yet has no definitive answer other than to inquire with your accountant or a tax attorney if a deduction is available.
Once all the paperwork is complete and you're officially registered, take the time to now focus on auto dependability.
For peace-of-mind purposes, consider subscribing to a roadside assistance package, especially if you're unsure on car basics, such as jumping a battery or changing a flat tire. An after-market auto warranty will eliminate second-guessing on costly, yet needed, auto repairs. And, of course, finding a mechanic you can trust is essential for maintaining the health of your vehicle.
There are also many items now available for ensuring driving safety. If you conduct business while behind the wheel, consider investing in a hands-free headset. If you have children, make sure they are fastened in reliable child safety seats. And even if you only use your vehicle to drive the kids to school, it's always smart to carry a car emergency kit.
Other Topics in This Section
- Register Car
- Registration Renewal
- Registration & Insurance
- Replacing a Lost Registration
- RV & Motorhome Registration
- Custom Built Car Registration
- Boat Registration and Licenses
- Title Transfers
- Replacing a Lost Title
- Salvaged Vehicles
- Special Vehicles
- Drivers with Disabilities
- License Plates & Placards
- Smog & Emission Checks
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