Vermont License Plate Information Summary
Registering your vehicle at the DMV will allow you to purchase Vermont license plates. You can then transfer those plates when you purchase a new vehicle.
You will get a sticker telling you when your license plates will expire. You can register your plates for either one year or two years.
Vermont License Plates Offered
Vermont issues standard license plates, disability plates, and vanity plates.
You will get two Vermont license plates. You can either attach them to the front and back of your vehicle, or just put one plate on the back of your vehicle.
You will also get a sticker which should go on your rear plate.
- You will get temporary license plates from your dealership.
- When you buy your vehicle in a private sale, you can get temporary plates if you do not have the title of the vehicle or a certified odometer reading.
Temporary Vermont license plates are valid for 60 days.
If you purchase your vehicle in Vermont but plan to own it in another state, you can get an Instant Permit, allowing you to drive it to the other state.
When You Need To Get Vermont License Plates
You must purchase Vermont license plates within 60 days of moving to the state. You also have 60 days if you purchase a vehicle in state.
Keeping Your License Plates Up To Date
You will get a reminder notice to renew your Vermont license plates. You can also look at your sticker to figure out when to renew it.
When you renew your Vermont license plate, you will get a new sticker to put on your rear license plate.
If Your Vermont License Plates Are Stolen
If your plates are stolen or damaged, you can get new plates and a new sticker by mail or in person at the DMV. This will cost $12 per plate. You will then get a receipt for your application, which you should keep in your glove box until your new Vermont license plates arrive.
Transferring Or Surrendering Your License Plates
You can transfer your plates to a new vehicle when you purchase it. When you do so, you will have to pay a $25 transfer fee.
You need to surrender your plates if you are not transferring them to a new vehicle, if you move to another state, or if you cancel your auto insurance.
Mail your surrendered plates to:
- Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles
120 State St.
You can get a refund on your license plate payment if you cancel within 30 days of renewing, and you have not attached your sticker to your vehicle.
Vermont License Plate Costs
- Vermont license plates for cars are $76 for one year, and $140 for two years.
- For motorcycles, it's $48 for one year and $96 for two years.
- For trucks under 6,100 pounds, it's $76 for one year and $132 for two years.
- Prices for license plates for bigger trucks vary.