Plate Surrender in West Virginia
West Virginians can hang on to their license plates until the cows come home, but there are situations when they just won’t need them anymore.
Here’s what to do when that happens.
Your old state might want theirs back, though, so scroll to the top of this page, choose your former state from the drop down menu, and check your old state’s policies.
When you move to another state, you can either:
Remove your license plates once you sell your used car; in WV, the plates stay with you, not the vehicle.
So, this means you can either transfer them to another vehicle you own or destroy them.
Don’t worry about how the new owner will get along; he’ll get new plates (or transfer his own old plates) when he completes the title transfer and registers the vehicle in his name.
When you buy a used car, the tags don’t come with it. The former owner will keep the license plate to destroy or move to another vehicle.