Chapter 4, Section B:
Used Vehicle Plate to Owner Process

Created August 22, 2008


Owner’s Responsibility to Remove Plate

The registered owner of the vehicle, upon transfer of ownership, is responsible for removing the license plate from the vehicle to be sold or traded in. The owner has 30 days to either place it on another vehicle of the same class or have it cancelled by the Division.

Individual Purchases Vehicle from Individual Other Than a Dealer

  • Seller is to remove license plate from the vehicle sold and has 30 days to have the plate assigned to another vehicle or return it to the Motor Vehicle Division for cancellation.

  • Purchaser will place new license plate on the vehicle that he has just purchased, provided that proper fees and taxes are paid.

  • If purchaser does not have a license plate from a vehicle of the same class a new license plate will be issued to the newly acquired vehicle.

Individual Purchases Vehicle from Dealer – Has Trade-In

  • Dealer/Seller is to remove the plate from the vehicle being traded-in. This license plate is not to remain on the vehicle.

  • If the new vehicle is of the same class as the old vehicle, assign the plate to the new vehicle. If dealer did not assign plate or customer has lost the plate, assess a replacement plate fee and issue new plate.

  • If the plate is not of the same class as the vehicle being purchased, return the plate to the Motor Vehicle Division for cancellation.

  • If the dealer submits an application indicating a trade-in and the license number block is blank, the clerk must verify if a plate was on trade-in vehicle. If so, charge the replacement plate fee.

Individual Purchases Vehicle from Dealer, No trade-in

  • Clerk should ask purchaser if they have a license plate from another vehicle that they have disposed of within the past 30 days. If the purchaser does not have a license plate, a new plate will be issued at no additional fee.