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  • Plate Surrender in New Hampshire

    Registering a car?

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    There's no surrender in New Hampshire. Especially when it comes to your NH license plates.

    Moving to New Hampshire

    After moving into New Hampshire, register your car with your town clerk to obtain New Hampshire license plates. You do not have to surrender your old license plates as part of the registration process. Surrendering them back to your former state, however, may be required.

    For more information on New Hampshire visit our relocation guide.

    Moving from NH

    After moving out of New Hampshire, you are not required to surrender your plates to the DMV. You can keep the plates as souvenirs or dispose of them as you wish. Before tossing, check if your neighborhood offers license plate recycling.

    Move with confidence by visiting our Moving Out of New Hampshire page.

    Selling a Used Car in New Hampshire

    Be sure to remove the license plates from the car. They stay with you, not the vehicle. You do have the option to transfer the plates to another car under your name, provided it’s the same type of vehicle (for instance, you can’t transfer motorcycle plates to a passenger car).

    Learn more about selling your vehicle on our Vehicle Title Transfers page.

    Buying a Used Car in NH

    The license plates stay with the seller. To drive the vehicle home, pick up temporary tags from your town clerk’s office.

    Need more information on buying? Visit our Vehicle Title Transfers page.

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