In order to acquire a North Dakota license plate, you need to first register your vehicle with the North Dakota Department of Transportation (DOT). This entails filling out the necessary paperwork, submitting evidence of ownership, and remitting any relevant fees. Once this is complete, you can obtain your license plates and affix them to your vehicle in accordance with state regulations. If you are buying a secondhand vehicle in North Dakota, you may have to transfer the license plates from the prior owner or procure new plates from the DOT.
The transferee/buyer must submit the endorsed certificate of title to the DOT within 30 days of purchase, and vehicles should be registered in North Dakota upon establishing residency or accepting employment, whichever is earlier. An individual is regarded as a North Dakota resident when they have resided in the state for 90 days.
To register your vehicle and obtain a North Dakota license plate, you will need to provide the following documents:
- Proof of North Dakota auto insurance
- Original title and registration certificate
- Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin (MCO)
- North Dakota driver’s license or state-issued identification card
- Odometer Disclosure
- Smog/Weight/Emissions compliance certificate (if applicable)
- Payment for registration fees and taxes
Registration fees in North Dakota are subject to variation which primarily depends on the weight, model year, and intended use of the vehicle, while specialized license plates and other services may incur further fees.
Upon securing the required documents and fees, head over to your nearest North Dakota DOT office to finalize your registration and secure your North Dakota license plates. You may be given a temporary registration card and license plate while waiting for the release of your permanent license plates.
It should be kept in mind that per North Dakota legislation, vehicles must have license plates affixed to both the front and back, firmly attached, and clearly visible from a safe distance in daylight.
For further information about obtaining license plates and completing vehicle registrations in North Dakota, contact:
NDDOT Mailing Address:
608 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505-0700