Plate Surrender in Missouri
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Surrendering your Missouri license plates is optional when moving, but required during certain title-transfer situations. Get the full scoop below.
After establishing residency in the Show Me state, you have 30 days to register your vehicle with the Department of Revenue (DOR) and obtain Missouri plates. No surrendering of your license plates is necessary, unless mandated by your former state’s DMV.
Before registering is the time to decide whether you want standard Missouri license plates or one of the state’s many specialized plates.
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After leaving the state, you’re not required to surrender your Missouri license plates. The DOR does strongly encourage destroying the plates to prevent unlawful use. If you prefer, you can have the DOR destroy the plates for you by mailing them to:
- Missouri Department of Revenue
- ATTN: License Plate Surrender
- 301 W. High St.―Room 370
- Jefferson City, MO 65105-0100
Double-check you’ve got everything covered by visiting our Moving Out of Missouri page.
Before handing over the car keys, remove the license plates from the vehicle. In some instances, you may be allowed to transfer the plates to another vehicle under your name. If it’s a different vehicle type, surrender the plates to the DOR and receive credit for any unused portion of the original registration fee against the registration fee of your other vehicle.
Read our Title Transfers page for more details.
Learn more about the documents involved in buying a car on our Vehicle Title Transfers page.
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