Connecticut License Plate Information Summary
Like most states, you get your new plates when you register any vehicle you have purchased. The plates then belong to you, and you can transfer them to any similar vehicle you purchase.
You can renew your Connecticut license plates online, in person, or through the mail. Unlike most states, you won't need stickers that confirm your plates are up to date.
Connecticut License Plates Offered
Vehicles other than motorcycles or trailers need both front and back license plates.
The state offers standard license plates, vanity license plates, and disability license plates.
Your dealer will provide you with temporary license plates when you purchase your vehicle.
If you buy from a private seller, you will need to go to the DMV to get a temporary registration while you wait for your safety and emissions test. This must be done in person at the DMV, and will require a $21 additional charge.
When You Need To Get Connecticut License Plates
Should you buy your vehicle from a private seller, you must get your license plates, and emissions and safety check, before you drive it at all – unless you get a temporary registration.
A dealership will give you temporary plates and arrange for you to get permanent plates.
If you move to Connecticut, you have 60 days to get your new plates.
Keeping Your License Plates Up To Date
Your plates will be automatically kept up to date if you renew your registration every two years online, by mail, or in person at the DMV.
If Your Connecticut License Plates Are Stolen
If your plate is lost or stolen, your best bet is to file a police report. If you do so, you'll only pay $5 for replacement plates. If you don't, that fee jumps to $25.
To get your replacement plates, you need to go to the DMV with your police report, your registration, your insurance documents, and a check for the payment.
At first you will get plates with a new license plate number. Then 10 months later, you can re-apply for plates with your old number.
Should your plates be damaged in a non-criminal matter, you can get new ones online. You will need your full name, your driver's license number, and the number on the plates.
Transferring Or Surrendering Your License Plates
The only time you need to surrender your plates is if you move out of state.
Otherwise, you can easily transfer your plates. It will simply cost you $21.
You can also transfer your plates to an immediate family member. To do this, you need a letter of permission from yourself, a copy of their vehicle title and insurance information, your ID, and a check for the fees. These will be $21 for the transfer and another $20 for transaction fees.
Connecticut License Plate Costs
Fees for passenger vehicles are $80 every two years.
A motorcycle will cost you $42 without a sidecar, and $60 with one.
Trailers are $19.