New Hampshire License Plate Information Summary
You will get new plates when you register your new car with the New Hampshire Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). You can transfer your plates when you buy a new vehicle.
Your plates are renewed when you renew your registration. You will get two stickers to indicate when you need to renew.
New Hampshire License Plates Offered
New Hampshire offers standard, disability, vanity, and plates that support organizations. Contact the DMV to find out your options for New Hampshire license plates.
You will get two stickers with your plates. These go on the bottom corners of your rear license plate.
License plates go on the front and back of most vehicles. Motorcycles and trailers only need rear plates.
Your dealership can arrange from temporary New Hampshire license plates that are good for 20 days. You can also get your own temporary plates from the DMV by providing a bill of sale, your ID, and a $10 fee. But because you have to do this at the DMV anyway, you should probably just get your official New Hampshire license plates.
When You Need To Get New Hampshire License Plates
When you move to New Hampshire, you have 60 days to apply for license plates. If you buy a car in New Hampshire, you have 20 days to get your plates.
Keeping Your License Plates Up To Date
You renew your plates when you renew your registration in person at the DMV.
If Your New Hampshire License Plates Are Stolen
You don't need to report stolen or damaged plates to the police. Instead, you can simply replace them by going in person to the New Hampshire DMV.
You cannot keep your plate number. You will be charged $4 per plate and $1 per sticker.
Transferring Or Surrendering Your License Plates
You must surrender your New Hampshire license plate when you move out of state. You can transfer your old license plate to any new vehicle you purchase.
New Hampshire License Plate Costs
New New Hampshire license plates cost $8.