Utah License Plate Information Summary
When you register your vehicle at the Utah DMV, you'll get new license plates. In some limited cases, you can transfer your plates to a new vehicle. You'll always get a sticker to place on your rear Utah license plate to show that it is up to date.
Utah License Plates Offered
Utah offers standard plates, military plates, charity/cause plates, disabled plates ,and specialty plates. Contact the DMV to review your options.
You'll need both front and rear license plates, unless your vehicle is a motorcycle or trailer.
- If you buy your vehicle from a dealership, the dealer will provide you with temporary Utah license plates until you can get your official plates.
- If you buy from a private seller, you'll be given a temporary permit from the DMV when the seller signs the car over, which happens there. This will cost you $6.
When You Need To Get Utah License Plates
When you first move to Utah, you must get license plates in under 60 days.
- If you buy from a dealership, they will arrange for your official Utah license plates.
- If you buy from a private seller, you will apply for your plates when you get your temporary permit.
Keeping Your License Plates Up To Date
Every year, you have to renew your license plates when you renew your registration. You will get a reminder in the mail. You can renew your Utah license plates online, in person, or through the mail.
If Your Utah License Plates Are Stolen
Have your Utah license plates been stolen or damaged? You can get new ones either in person or by mail. You must provide the DMV with either your registration number, your VIN number, or your current license plate number.
If you want new plates by mail, you must also submit a signed letter explaining what happened. But you do not need to go to the police.
New license plates cost $11. A sticker is $5. Add $4 in postage if applying by mail.
The place to send your documents by mail is:
- Division of Motor Vehicles
Mail and Correspondence
P.O. Box 30412
Salt Lake City, UT 84130
Transferring Or Surrendering Your License Plates
Utah has many regulations regarding whether or not you can transfer your plates to a new vehicle. Call (800) 368-8824 (800-DMV-UTAH) to find out if you are eligible.
You may also be requested to destroy your plates under some legal obligations.
Utah License Plate Costs
Utah license plate fees vary quite a bit. Contact the DMV to find out what you will pay.