Indiana License Plate Information Summary
You'll get your initial license plates the first time you register a vehicle in Indiana. After that, you renew your plates and get new stickers every time you re-register your vehicle.
You don't need new plates when you get a new car. In general, you can transfer your plates from one car to another.
Indiana License Plates Offered
You can get standard Indiana license plates, vanity plates, disability plates, and plates that celebrate various organizations. Contact the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles to find out all your options.
With your plates, you'll get three stickers to put on them. One indicates the year you need your plates renewed, one the month, and the third one indicates the county you live in.
If you buy your car from a dealership, you'll get temporary plates that are valid for 45 days.
When You Need To Get Indiana License Plates
When you move to Indiana, you have 60 days to get Indiana license plates.
If you buy from a dealership, you will have temporary tags that give you 45 days to get your plates.
If you buy from a private sale, you will not get temporary tags, but you must go the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles and get plates before you drive the car at all.
Keeping Your License Plates Up To Date
You need to renew your registration and license plates once a year – before the month indicated on your stickers. You will then get new stickers to put on your vehicle.
If Your Indiana License Plates Are Stolen
If your Indiana license plates are stolen, you have to go to the police department and have them fill out a form for you to get them replaced. You do not need to do this if they are simply damaged.
You then have to go to your local Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles office and pay the $9.50 fee in order to have them replaced.
Transferring Or Surrendering Your License Plates
You never need to surrender your Indiana license plates. You can transfer them from one car you own to a newer car simply by paying the $9.50 license transfer fee.
Indiana License Plate Costs
A license plate for a passenger vehicle in Indiana costs $21.35. For a motorcycle, it costs $26.35. Recreational vehicles are $29.35.