[state license plate application rules for new and used cars]
Before acquiring a Pennsylvania license plate, you need to register your vehicle with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (DOT). This necessitates submitting the necessary requirements, having proof of ownership, and settling any necessary expenses. Once done, you can get your license plate and adhere to the state’s regulations for displaying it on your vehicle. In case you’re purchasing a pre-owned automobile in Pennsylvania, you might have to transfer the license plates from the prior holder or acquire fresh plates from the DOT.
Newly established residents in Pennsylvania must apply for vehicle title and registration within 20 days. Once the vehicle is registered, it is mandatory to obtain a safety inspection within ten (10) days.
To register your vehicle and obtain a Pennsylvania license plate, you will need to provide the following documents:
- Pennsylvania Driver’s License or Pennsylvania Photo Identification
- Pennsylvania or out-of-state Certificate of Title
- Pennsylvania or out-of-state Registration (if applicable)
- Smog or VIN certificate (if applicable)
- Copy of Current Insurance Identification Card
- Payment for registration fees and any applicable taxes
The cost of vehicle registration in Pennsylvania varies due to multiple factors such as the vehicle’s weight, year of production, and purpose. Besides, extra charges may apply for customized plates or ancillary services.
After gathering all the required paperwork and payments, you can head to your nearby Pennsylvania DOT office to finalize your registration and secure your Pennsylvania license plate. While your permanent plate is being processed and delivered to you, the DMV will furnish you with a temporary registration card and plate.
Notably, Pennsylvania law mandates that the license plate must be affixed to the back of the car, firmly attached, and recognizable from a minimum of 60 feet away during daylight hours.
For further information about obtaining license plates and completing vehicle registrations in Pennsylvania, contact:
Bureau of Motor Vehicles
Return Tag Unit
P.O. Box 68597
Harrisburg, PA 17106-8597