License Plates in Idaho
LOST OR STOLEN LICENSE PLATES
As soon as license plates are lost, stolen or illegible they must be replaced. If BOTH personalized plates are stolen/lost they must be replaced with a new plate - duplicates will not be made.
In order to replace your plates you must:
- Visit your local county assessor's office.
- Present proper forms of ID.
- Hand in any remaining license plates.
- Pay the license plate replacement fees.
CUSTOM AND PERSONALIZED PLATES
These are the different types of plates in the regular series: Commercial, Commercial Trucks, Non-Commercial Trucks, Buses, Motor Homes, Mobile Homes, Repossession, Dealer, Camp Trailers, Commercial Trailers, Utility Trailers, Transport Trailers, Boat Trailers, Passenger cars and Motorcycles. Application forms are available at your local DMV office. Fill them in and submit with the appropriate fees (see below).
Special Interest Plates
Idaho's Special Interest Plates are divided in the following categories: Sample, Special Vehicles, Military, Special Interest, Personalized and Disability. The following is a list of some examples of special interest plates: Agriculture, Appaloosa, Boy Scouts, Centennial, Classic, Fire Fighter, Collegiate, Medal of Honor, Purple Heart, Support our Troops, Veteran, Wildlife and Year of Manufacture. Click on these links to access instructions for requesting the different types of special interest plates, with each category requiring a different way of applyingâmost can be requested via mail, others via fax and Personalized plates can even be ordered online - Sample Plates, Special Vehicles Plates, Military Plates, Special Interest Plates and Personalized Plates. Also, click here to access the complete list of all special plates offered in Idaho.
Sample and Personalized plates can be ordered online as well by accessing Idaho's online ordering system. There is an additional fee of $1 per plate and a 2 percent of the total fee as well for using this method.
The fees for replacing a license plate or getting new plates vary depending on the type of plate you need. Most application forms require a credit card number along with expiration date to be submitted as part of the form. You will be charged once the special plates request has been approved.
Note: For disabled drivers, please see disability plates instructions and application form.
WHAT TO DO WITH PLATES WHEN BUYING/SELLING A VEHICLE
Under Idaho Law it is NOT mandatory to retain license plates from a vehicle when selling. The plates will remain with the buyer once the ownership of the vehicle has been transferred.