License Plates in North Dakota
LOST OR STOLEN LICENSE PLATES
As soon as license plates are lost, stolen or illegible they must be replaced.
In order to replace your plates you must:
- Visit your local MVD office.
- Present proper forms of ID.
- Hand in any remaining license plates.
- Fill in an application for replacement plates. Please see the list below for links to the appropriate forms for each type of plate.
- Pay the license plate replacement fees of $5.
CUSTOM AND PERSONALIZED PLATES
These are the different types of plates in the regular series: Auto, Commercial, Trailer, Motorcycle, Permanent Trailer Identification, Disabled Person, Disabled Veteran, and Foreign Organization. When you have completed the registration of the vehicle, you get a license plate from the local MVD office on submission of the appropriate fees (see below).
Special Interest Plates
The following is a list of some examples of special interest plates: Arts, Collegiate, Firefighter, Ex-Prisoner of War, Memorial, Olympic Training Center, Veterans, Congressional Medal of Honor, Press Photographer and Purple Heart Recipient. Click on these links to access applications forms for replacing the different types of special interest plates. When you have completed the special interest forms, take them to your local MVD office and submit them with the appropriate fees (see below).
The fees for replacing a license plate or getting new plates vary depending on the type of plate you need. For e.g. you have to pay a one time $ 160 for a collector's plate; $30 for National Guard's plate; $ 40 for Firefighter's Association Plate; $ 40 for Veteran's Cemetery Plate; $ 35 for Commemorative Lewis and Clark Plates etc. Check with your local MVD office on the exact amount for the type of plates you need.
WHAT TO DO WITH PLATES WHEN BUYING/SELLING A VEHICLE
Under North Dakota Law it is NOT mandatory to retain standard license plates from a vehicle when selling. The plates will remain with the buyer once the ownership of the vehicle has been transferred; however, if the plates are special interest or personalized then there are two options for the seller. One, keep the plates for another vehicle and two, release the plate to the buyer.