Plate Surrender in Wyoming
Some of the most common reasons for surrendering your license plates include moving to or from Wyoming, selling your vehicle, or buying another vehicle.
NOTE: The Wyoming Department of Transportation (DOT) requires you to surrender your plates, but the county treasurer office in your new county handles the surrender.
You don’t have to surrender your out-of-state plates to the county treasurer when you move to Wyoming, but you will need to check your old state’s policy on retuning plates after getting your new WY plates.
We’ve outlined your old state’s policies for you. Just scroll to the top of this page and choose your former state from the drop down menu.
Check out our section and choose your state for quick information on your old state’s policies.
Wyoming does require you to surrender your plates when you move to another state.
Wait until you’ve registered your vehicle and gotten new state license plates.
In WY, the license plate stays with you, not your vehicle. So, when you sell your used car, you keep the plates and the buyer gets his own (or transfers his current ones) when he registers the vehicle under his name.
NOTE: This is true even if you donate or give the vehicle as a gift.
The buying and selling process includes transferring the title, so that can act as a reminder to you to remove the plates before handing over the keys!
Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about the license plates of the used car you buy; the previous owner will remove them and either surrender them or register them with another vehicle.
However, you’ll need to get plates for your vehicle. You can do this by transferring the plates from another car you own (this doesn’t mean you can skip out on the title transfer or car registration processes) or by applying for license plates when you register the car.