License Plates & Placards in Idaho

SUMMARY: Idaho License Plates

In Idaho, you apply for license plates by registering your vehicle. Similarly, you renew your license plate validation stickers by renewing your registration. When you sell or trade your vehicle, you'll usually be able to transfer your tags to your next vehicle when you register it. If your plates are lost, stolen, or damaged, go to the DMV in person to get replacement tags.

Keep reading for information about license plates and tags in Idaho.

NOTE: Do you have a disability and need disabled parking plates? You'll find detailed information on our Disability Plates and Placards page.

Types of Idaho License Plates

If you are a resident of Idaho and drive any vehicle on Idaho roadways, your vehicle must have license plates issued by the Idaho Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Vehicles like cars, trucks, and vans must have plates on the front and back of the vehicle. Motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), and trailers only require a plate on the back.

Your rear license plate must also have a registration sticker that shows the current registration year.

Non-Standard License Plates

The Idaho DMV offers other types of license plates, including personalized plates and special plates.

If you have a disability, you may qualify for a disabled parking license plate. Our Disability Plates and Placards page has more information, including how to apply.

Temporary Tags

When you buy a car from a dealer in Idaho, ask for temporary tags so you can operate your vehicle while waiting for your registration and license plates from the DMV.

Apply for License Plates in Idaho

You will apply for license plates as part of the vehicle registration process.

You must register your vehicle with the ID DMV within:

  • 90 days of moving to the state.
  • 30 days of buying a vehicle in a private sale.

If you buy a vehicle from a dealer, they will handle the paperwork for you.

Visit our Idaho Vehicle Registration page for complete details, including registration fees and application instructions.

Renew Idaho Tags

To update the sticker on your license plate, you have to renew your vehicle registration every 2 years or 1 year based on which registration you choose.

Once you pay your renewal fees, you will receive a new decal to put over the previous one on your license plate.

Visit our Registration Renewal page for more information.

Replace Your License Plates

If your license plate or expiration sticker has been lost, stolen, or damaged, you need to apply for replacements in person at your nearest Idaho DMV office.

You'll need to:

  • Sign a statement about what happened to your plates.
  • Pay the appropriate fees:
  • $3 per plate.
  • $2 for a replacement decal.

The ID DMV does not require you to file a police report, but you may wish to anyway to avoid misuse of your lost or stolen plates or identity theft.

Transfer or Surrender Plates

License plates are considered your property, which means that they stay with you, NOT your vehicle, when you sell or trade it. In some cases, plates may stay with a vehicle, such as off-highway plates or antique vehicle plates.

You can transfer your tags to another vehicle that you buy or already own when you register it.

You can also surrender your plates at your local Idaho DMV office if you no longer need them.

Fees for License Plates in Idaho

The fees below are basic vehicle registration 1 year fees. These fees include your license plate or license plate sticker renewal. To calculate registration fees for 2 years simply double the fee below.

You may also have to pay local fees, service fees, or other fees when you register or renew your registration, or replace your tags.

  • New license plates and plate renewal:
    • Cars, pickup trucks, SUVs, and other passenger vehicles:
      • 1 to 2 years old: $48.
      • 3 to 4 years old: $36.
      • 5 to 6 years old: $36
      • 7 to 8 years old: $24
      • 8 years old or older: $24.
    • Motorcycles: $25.
    • Motorhomes and recreational vehicles: Based on market value and age.
  • Replacements:
    • License plates: $3.
    • Registration decals: $2.

License Plate Lookup in Idaho

The Idaho DMV offers a license plate lookup as part of its online vanity license plate ordering process. You'll just enter a few details, including the plate design you want, and check your preferred letter and number combinations.

You CANNOT search for the registered owner of a vehicle by license plate number. If you need to report a vehicle violation, you should contact your local law enforcement agency.

For information about a specific vehicle, you can order a vehicle history report by vehicle identification number (VIN).

Special License Plates

  • Amateur Radio
  • Classic Car
  • Classic Motorcycle
  • Collegiate
  • Disability
  • Disabled Veteran
  • Former Prisoner of War
  • Legislative
  • Medal of Honor
  • National Guard
  • Old Timer
  • Pearl Harbor Survivor
  • Personalized
  • Purple Heart
  • Military Reservist
  • Street Rod
  • Veteran

NOTE: There are a few different applications with varying fees. Be sure you use the correct application when ordering your plate.

Use the Amateur Radio License Plates (Form ITD 3427) to order the Amateur Radio Plates.

Use the Special Plates for Special Vehicles (Form ITD 3675) application to order the Classic Car, Classic Motorcycle, Medal of Honor, National Guard, Old Timer, Pearl Harbor Survivor, Purple Heart, Military Reservist, Street Rod, or Veteran plates.

Use the Disability License Plates and Placards (Form ITD 3392) application to order a disability plate. Note that this plate is not available online.

Use the Military License Plate Application (Form ITD 3682) to order the Disabled Veteran and Former Prisoner of War plates.

Antique Plates

If you have an older vehicle, it will qualify for antique plates if it fits into one of these categories:

Old-Timer Plates: These plates, featuring an embossed car with black lettering, are for vehicles manufactured before 1943 which have not received significant alteration to the vehicle's original style.

These plates are only for display with parades and exhibitions, not for everyday use.

Classic Plates: To qualify for these white plates with black lettering, a vehicle must be at least 30 years old.

Additionally, the vehicle can't have undergone major alterations to its original style.

These plates are only for display with parades and exhibitions, not for everyday use.

Street Rod: These red, white, and blue plates, featuring an embossed car, are either for vehicles made before December 31, 1948, or replicas that were changed to resemble a vehicle from this era.

Owners may personalize these plates.

Year of Manufacture: The plate must be in good condition, and you'll need to supply a color photograph of the vehicle with your application.

Also, call (208) 334-8663 to make sure the plate's numbers aren't currently in use.

Applying for an Antique Plate

To receive one of these plates, complete a Special Plates for Special Vehicles (Form ITD 3675) application return it to the Idaho Transportation Department using one of the methods listed on the form.

The plates cost $35. However, the Street Rod and Year of Manufacture plates carry an additional $15 annual fee.

No matter which category you choose, you'll receive one plate, which must be attached to the rear of the vehicle.

Need more information? Call (208) 334-8663 for assistance. Hearing-impaired individuals should call (800) 377-3529.

Personalized License Plates

You can choose your own message to display on the following plates. The state gives you a bit of freedom to express yourself creatively, just as long as you don't get too carried away.

Obviously, anything vulgar, obscene, in poor taste, or sexual in any language won't fly. The same goes for any words that can convey obscenity, contempt, prejudice, hostility, insult, racial degradation, profanity, or vulgarity.

Also, each plate program allows a specific number of characters, so be sure to find out how many characters your license plate can fit.

  • Agriculture
  • Appaloosa
  • Basque Heritage
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Capitol Restoration
  • Centennial
  • Capitol Restoration
  • Collegiate
  • Corvette
  • Disability (not available online)
  • Firefighter
  • Historic Lewiston
  • Lewis and Clark
  • Motorcycle Safety (STARS)
  • Peace Officer
  • Potato
  • Sawtooth
  • School Transportation Safety Awareness
  • Snowmobile
  • Snowskier
  • Standard
  • Street Rod (not available online)
  • Timber
  • Veteran (not available online)
  • White Water Rafting
  • Wildlife
  • Youth

Contact (208) 334-8663 with questions or feel free to mail a letter requesting more information.

Note: There are a few different applications with varying fees. Be sure you use the correct application when ordering your plate.

Steps for Ordering Special License Plates

You can order special plates if you own a passenger car or pickup with a maximum gross vehicle weight of 26,000 lbs. or less, a motor home, a motorcycle, or an all-terrain vehicle (standard personalized plates only). Here's how:

  1. Download and print out the Special Plates for Special Vehicles (Form ITD 3675); you can only use one form per vehicle.
  1. Completely and clearly print all requested information, attach any documentation required for special eligibility plates (such as a DD-214 for veterans), and do not send fees with your application, unless you are specifically directed to do so.
  2. If you'd like to pay by check or money order, wait until you receive a bill in the mail before sending out any form of payment. Foreign money orders or cashiers checks must have the words "U.S. Funds" or "Payable in U.S. Funds" printed on them. If you'd like to pay by credit card, you can send your MasterCard or Visa number along with the card's expiration date.
  3. Once you have completed the application, return it to the Idaho Transportation Department via the methods listed on the form.

The state will credit you for unexpired registration fees if it issues you special plates before your current registration expires, unless you are applying for Classic and Old Timer plates.

Contact (208) 334-8663 with questions or feel free to mail a letter requesting more information.

Order Personalized or Souvenir Plates

The DMV allows you to order quickly online with a few simple clicks of a button. The only obstacle is choosing from so many options.

The convenience of ordering a personalized plate online instantly allows you to find out if another Idaho driver has already snagged your personalized plate choice. It also enables you to order an already printed or a personalized souvenir sample plate (not to be used in place of an actual plate on your vehicle).

All you need is a credit card (VISA, MasterCard, or Discover will do), your current registration, and your valid state driver's license number.

Disability plates are not available as souvenir plates.

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