License Plates & Placards in North DakotaPage Overview
Gone are the days when license plates were mere numbers. Today, they can almost be considered a car accessory, often serving as an extension of a driver's personality. North Dakota, like every other state, accommodates this trend by offering a range of license plate options, some for functional purposes, and others for statement. But before you debate on what plates to order, first you must have your vehicle titled and registered and pay all required fees.
Unless you express otherwise, the state will issue you standardized plates upon registering. Generally these plates consist of a combination of numbers and letters on a standard state background featuring, the colors blue and gold.
To apply for a mobility-impaired license plate or a permit to be hung from your vehicle's rearview mirror, you must complete a Mobility-impaired Parking Permit Application. Be sure to have your physician complete the back of this application before submitting.
You are free to choose any combination as long as it is within reason. The state reserves the right to reject any request that it deems offensive. To order, you must complete a Special Plate Letter (SPL) Request form, and include a check or money order for $25.
Antique (Pioneer) plates are available to vehicles that are at least 40 years old, and are used solely for antique exhibitions, parades, and related activities. Vehicles used for everyday transportation are ineligible. You must attest to the vehicle's exhibition status with this form.
Model-year plates may be displayed instead of antique plates, as long as they remain legible and intact with a license number greater than 10,000.
To qualify for these plates you must either be a National Guard member or be retired from the Guard after 20 years of service or longer. The plates are highlighted by your unit's insignia and the letters "NG" before the regular plate number. To order complete an SPL form, provide service proof from your adjutant general, and include a check or money order for the fees.
To order these special plates complete an SPL form, and include a check or money order.
To order submit an Application for a North Dakota Firefighter's Plate, and a check or money order.
To order you must submit an Application for a North Dakota Veteran's Cemetery Plate along with an SPL form, and a check and money order.
Public or nonprofit organizations that are recognized as such by the Internal Revenue Service can apply for a special organization plate by submitting an Organization Plate Program Application along with an insignia. NDDOT will then study the application before deciding whether or not to approve the group's request.
The North Dakota DOT does not require residents to return their license plates after relocating to another state.
If you sell your vehicle, you should retain your license plates. You can transfer them to another vehicle and use the registration credit on that vehicle.Other Topics in This Section