By law, you keep the plates when you sell a vehicle.
When buying a replacement vehicle, you must register it or transfer the title within 60 days.
When you sell your car do you keep the plates?
In most states, the seller should keep the plates, compelling the new owner to register the car in their name and get new plates. In other states, the plates stay on the vehicle the new owner registers the car in their name, keeping the plate number in the process. What If I Sell My Car With the License Plate Mounted?
Do you have to notify the DMV when you sell your car?
In most cases, you must provide a clear title that is signed by the seller. The seller’s signature releases his ownership of the vehicle and it can then be transferred to you. In many states, you will be required to pay sales tax on the car before you receive the current registration and, later, the license plates.
What do you do with old license plates?
Damaged plates can go in the trash or recycling bin. It’s in a person’s best interest to turn in or destroy old license plates. If old, unused license plates fall into the wrong hands and are used to commit a crime, it can create a problem for the plates’ original owner.
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