Plate Surrender in Vermont
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There are times when you can keep your Vermont license plates―such as when you sell your car―and there are times when you must return them.
However, your former state might want them back. To find out, scroll to the top of this page and choose your old state from the drop down menu.
The VT DMV does want you to return your license plates when you move to another state.
You can do so in person at your closest DMV location or mail them to the Montpelier office at:
- Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles
- 120 State St.
- Montpelier, VT 05603-0001
The VT DMV asserts you must return your special group license plates immediately following membership termination or expiration.
You can find a complete list on VT’s Special Plates page (note that some specialty plates, like the Ex-POW Plate, aren’t considered group membership plates).
- Firefighters Association
- National Guard
- Emergency Medical Service
- American Legion
- Lions Club International
Bring your license plates to any DMV location or mail it to the Montpelier location listed above.
Your license plates stay with you, not your vehicle.
So, when you sell your used car, you keep the license plates to transfer to another vehicle.
Likewise, after the title transfer, the buyer either will transfer his plates or purchase new plates during the registration.
If you don’t want to transfer your plates, you must mail them to the Montpelier address above.
When you buy a used car, the seller will remove his plates and transfer them to another vehicle or return them.
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