Plate Surrender in North Dakota
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North Dakota doesn’t require you to return your license plates when you move to another state, and when you sell or buy a vehicle, your plates stay with you.
Still, there are times when you might want to surrender your plates.
How you handle your old plates depends on your former state. You might need to return them, or that state might allow you to discard or recycle them.
For more information, scroll to the top of this page and select your old state from the drop down menu.
You don’t have to return your ND plates when you move to another state.
You might want to, though―at the least, you might want to destroy or recycle them. If those plates become lost or stolen, you could be held responsible for any damages or financial burden caused by their use.
If you decide to transfer them, you could have remaining credit to apply toward your registration fees. The credit is based on the number of months you didn’t use the license plate on the vehicle you donated or sold.
When you handle the title transfer and registration processes, ask the DOT agent about your available credit.
After you buy a used car, the previous owner will remove the license plates. It’s up to you to get new plates on the vehicle.
Understand you can legally operate the vehicle without visible registration (i.e. license plates) for five days. After that, you must either register the vehicle and get the plates on there, or obtain a Self-Issuing Temporary Registration Permit from the MVD. This permit is good for 30 days, during which time you must take care of the title transfer and registration.
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