New Jersey License Plate Information Summary
Register your vehicle in New Jersey in order to get your license plates. They will be renewed when you renew your registration. With a few exceptions, you can transfer your plates from one vehicle to another you've bought.
New Jersey License Plates Offered
You can get standard New Jersey license plates, vanity license plates, disabled plates, and various plates that support special organizations. Contact the DMV for your options.
You do not need any stickers to place on your New Jersey license plate.
If you buy from a dealership, it will give you temporary New Jersey license plates. And your dealer will also arrange for you to get your permanent plates.
When You Need To Get New Jersey License Plates
You need to get New Jersey license plates within 60 days of moving to the state. You need to get new plates within 10 days of buying a vehicle in a private sale.
Keeping Your License Plates Up To Date
You renew your New Jersey license plates when you renew your registration. You can do so online, in person, or by “snail” mail (via the post office).
If Your New Jersey License Plates Are Stolen
If your New Jersey license plates are stolen or damaged, you can apply for new plates. You can either get a plate with a new number for $6, or with the same number for $11.
You will have to go to the police and file a report for either stolen or damaged plates before the DMV will issue you your new New Jersey license plates.
You will also have to bring to the DMV a photo of your damaged plate, or of the rear of your car without a plate.
Transferring Or Surrendering Your License Plates
You must surrender your plates when you cancel your insurance, sell your vehicle but do not purchase a new one, move out of state, or cancel your vehicle's registration.
When you surrender your New Jersey license plates, you become eligible for a refund of the amount of time you did not use them. If you are in the military and are transferred, you can get the refund without surrendering your New Jersey license plate.
But you can always transfer your old plates to a new vehicle you purchase. This costs a $4.50 transfer fee.
New Jersey License Plate Costs
The cost for New Jersey license plates varies quite a bit. Contact your DMV to find out how much you will have to pay.