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    Moving? Transferring ownership? Taking your vehicle temporarily off the road? If any of these scenarios apply, you must surrender your license plates to New Jersey's Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC).

    Moving to New Jersey

    After establishing residency, you have 60 days to register your vehicle and obtain permanent New Jersey license plates. You do not have to surrender your old license plates unless mandated by your former state.

    Before visiting your local MVC office to register your car, give some thought to whether you want a standard tag or one of New Jersey's many specialized license plates.

    Learn more about New Jersey by visiting our relocation guide.

    Moving from NJ

    New Jersey license plates belong to New Jersey. The MVC wants them back. You can surrender them in person at any MVC location, or mail to:

    • Motor Vehicle Commission
    • Customer Advocacy Office
    • P.O. Box 403
    • Trenton, NJ 08666

    Be sure, when mailing, to include a self-addressed stamped envelope. The MVC will use it to mail you a receipt.

    For moving help visit our Moving Out of New Jersey page.

    Selling a Used Car in New Jersey

    The license plates stay with you. Remove before selling. You can then transfer the plates to another vehicle under your name. If you do not transfer the plates, you must surrender them to the MVC.

    For details on selling your car, check out our Title Transfers page.

    Buying a Used Car in NJ

    The seller surrenders the car keys and title, but not the license plates. To obtain plates, you’ll need to register the vehicle at any MVC office.

    Need more info? Visit our Vehicle Title Transfers page.

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