Delaware License Plate Information Summary
You'll get your Delaware license plates when you register your vehicle. Renewing your registration will get you new stickers to demonstrate that your license plate is up to date. You have the option to transfer your current tags to a new vehicle. Damaged or stolen tags must be replaced in person at the DMV.
Delaware License Plates Offered
In Delaware you can get standard plates, vanity plates, disabled plates, and a wide range of specialty plates. You can contact the DMV to see all of your options.
You will need one plate attached to the back of your car with an up-to-date registration sticker.
When you buy a car from a dealership, you will get temporary tags until you register your vehicle.
When you buy from a private seller, you must get it inspected first and then apply for your Delaware license plates if it passes. If it fails, you can spend $20 on a temporary tag while you get your vehicle repaired.
When You Need To Get Delaware License Plates
You need to get a Delaware license plate within 60 days after you move to the state, or 30 days after a private sale. If you purchase from a dealership, they will handle this for you.
Keeping Your License Plates Up To Date
You need to renew your registration by mail or in person, and on time. Email alerts to remind you can be set up so you won't end up driving with expired tags.
Then you'll get new stickers to apply to your license plate stating they are up to date.
If Your Delaware License Plate Is Stolen
Should your plate be stolen, or it or the stickers are damaged, you need to go to the Delaware DMV to get them replaced.
You'll need the title, proof of insurance, and a check to pay for the fees. A new Delaware license plate is $5. New stickers are an additional $5.
You can keep your old plate number.
Transferring Or Surrendering Your License Plates
You only need to surrender your plates if you move to another state. You can do this at the DMV office or by mail.
To transfer your plates to a new car bought in a private sale, you'll need to go to a DMV office.
You'll need the titles for both vehicles and a check for any fees.
When you buy a car from a dealership, they will do this for you.
Should you sell your car and not buy a new car right away, you can put your license plate on hold.
To do this, go to the DMV with the title of the car, your ID, proof of insurance, and a check for the $35 fee.
When you do get a new car, you will then have to pay an additional $20 to take your license plate off hold and apply it to the new vehicle.
Delaware License Plate Costs
Standard Delaware license plates will cost you $40 per year.