Idaho License Plate Information Summary
You'll get your Idaho license plates the first time you register a vehicle in the state. After that, you renew your license plates every time you renew your registration. You can always transfer your license plates to a different vehicle – meaning you only have to get new plates once in your lifetime. You will also get stickers stating when your license plate needs to be renewed.
Idaho License Plates Offered
Idaho offers standard, disability, and various other license plates. Call your Idaho DMV to find out your options.
Front and back license plates are required on cars, trucks and vans. ATVs and motorcycles only require an Idaho license plate on the back.
Temporary Idaho license plates are available if you need time between buying your car from a dealership and going to register it and get your plates.
When You Need To Get Idaho License Plates
You need to get Idaho license plates within 90 days of moving to the state, and within 30 days of buying a new car.
Keeping Your License Plates Up To Date
When you renew your registration and license plates, you get the choice of a one-year or two-year renewal. That's when you have to get new stickers to put on your plates.
After you finish the process, you'll have your stickers and need to attach them to the rear plate.
What To Do If Your Idaho License Plates Are Stolen
If your license plates are stolen or damaged, you need to go the your local Idaho DMV office.
You'll have to have a letter written and signed by you stating what happened, and bring $3.75 for a new plate and $2 for a new decal.
Transferring Or Surrendering Your License Plates
You never need to surrender your Idaho license plates. They are yours to keep.
Because of this, you can nearly always transfer your plates from a vehicle you have sold or no longer use to a new vehicle you will now be driving.
Idaho License Plate Costs
Generally, the cost to buy and replace your Idaho license plates are based on the age of your vehicle. The exception is motorcycles, which are always $25 per year.
The other fees are as follows:
- Up to two years old is $69.
- Three to six years old is $57.
- Seven years or older is $45.