Minnesota License Plate Information Summary
When you register a new vehicle with the Minnesota Driver and Motor Vehicle Service (DVS), you'll get new license plates. You cannot transfer your Minnesota license plates. They belong to the vehicle, not to you.
You'll renew your license plates when you renew your registration. On a semi-regular basis, you must get new Minnesota license plates.
Minnesota License Plates Offered
Minnesota offers standard license plates, military plates, disability plates, vanity plates, and other specialty plates. The DVS can tell you what your current options are.
No matter what type of Minnesota license plate you get, you'll have to replace them with new ones every seven years. You'll also get stickers to put on your plates letting officials know if they are up to date or not.
A dealership can provide you with temporary Minnesota license plates that are valid for 21 days.
You need front and back plates for most vehicles. Motorcycles and trailers only need one plate for the back.
When You Need To Get Minnesota License Plates
When you move to Minnesota, you have 60 days to get license plates.
If you already live in Minnesota, you have 10 days to get license plates – unless you have temporary license plates, in which case you will have 21 days.
Keeping Your License Plates Up To Date
You will automatically renew your Minnesota license plates every time you renew your registration.
If Your Minnesota License Plates Are Stolen
If your Minnesota license plates are stolen or damaged, you need to replace them either by mail or in person.
You'll have to provide a copy of your current registration, plus a form of payment for fees.
Fees are $10 for the transaction plus $6 for two plates, $4.50 for one plate, and $1 for a decal.
Transferring Or Surrendering Your License Plates
You cannot surrender or transfer your Minnesota license plates.
The only exception is if you stop driving or move out of state. In those cases, you can apply for a refund for the amount of time you have not used your Minnesota license plates.
This is done by mail. You will have to send them your plates, stickers, and your registration card.
Minnesota License Plate Costs
Two Minnesota license plates are $6. One plate is $4.50.