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Vehicle registration in Wyoming requires an annual renewal. If you've already registered your car in the state and it's time to renew, check out our section on registration renewals.
County treasurers in the state oversee all vehicle registration. You must register a vehicle with the state if you have:
- Purchased a car
- Recently moved to Wyoming
- Received a vehicle as a gift or inheritance
When you become a resident of Wyoming, you must immediately register your vehicle in your name. If you have purchased a car from a private party, you have 30 days to complete registration. And finally, if you purchase a car from a dealer, you must have official registration within 50 days.
Drivers in Wyoming must have valid insurance to drive legally in the state. You must also show proof of insurance at the time of registration. To find a policy that fits your budget and your needs, compare companies and quotes online at our Insurance Center.
All registration applications are processed by your local county treasurer's office. You'll need the following paperwork:
- Properly signed title. New residents must apply for a Wyoming title before they can register their car. If the title is lost, stolen, or destroyed, you can apply for a new title.
- Bill of sale (if vehicle is changing ownership).
- Proof of insurance.
- Current registration certificate from out of state (new residents only).
- A completed VIN inspection affidavit, available at the county treasurer's office (new residents only).
Before making a deal for the vehicle you've chosen, consider ordering a vehicle history report online. This report shows the past repair and maintenance history of the vehicle, and you'll be able to see right away if the car is a lemon or if the seller is asking too much for it.
Although each county handles vehicle registration for its residents, registration fees are determined by Wyoming state laws. Typical charges will include:
- State registration fee, which varies according to vehicle type
- County registration fee, which varies according to vehicle age and suggested retail price
- Sales tax, if the vehicle is a new purchase and you have not previously paid the tax on it
- License plate fees, if you want personalized or specialty plates
To register your vehicle in Wyoming, you need to visit the county treasurer's office in your county of residence.
You'll receive standard license plates when you register your car, but you can also request personalized or specialty plates. The state charges additional fees for these plates, and some plates come with eligibility requirements. If you're interested in personalized or specialty plates, or disabled plates or placards, learn more in our section on license plates.
Announce your personality on your vehicle by ordering a license plate frame online. No matter your interest or obsession, you'll find something to suit you.
You'll receive your annual decals at the time of registration. The decals should be placed on the rear license plate.
A portion of your county registration fee may be tax-deductible. The IRS allows you to deduct a percentage of personal property taxes, and your vehicle qualifies as personal property. Because your county registration fee is the product of a mathematical equation that takes several different numbers into account, you should consult a tax attorney in your area to see what, if anything, you're eligible to deduct.
So you've registered your car, and it's legal to drive on Wyoming roads. Before you buckle up, however, consider these ways to stay safe and protected no matter where you roam:
- Enroll in a roadside assistance program to help you out when you get a flat tire, lock yourself out of your car, or need a tow.
- Consider buying a car emergency kit and keep it in your car at all times to use in times of trouble.
- If you like to drive and take calls at the same time, invest in a hands-free headset to keep yourself and other drivers safe.
- If you have children, keep them protected in a federally approved child safety seat.
- Find a reputable auto mechanic in your area before you need one. When your car inevitably needs repairs, you won't be scrambling at the last minute.
- Save some money by purchasing an after-market auto warranty to extend your existing warranty or add additional needed coverage.
Other Topics in This Section
- Register Car
- Registration Renewal
- Registration & Insurance
- Replacing a Lost Registration
- RV & Motorhome Registration
- Custom Built Car Registration
- Boat Registration and Licenses
- Title Transfers
- Replacing a Lost Title
- Salvaged Vehicles
- Special Vehicles
- Drivers with Disabilities
- License Plates & Placards
- Smog & Emission Checks
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