Motor Vehicle - FAQs

Motor Vehicle - Frequently Asked Questions

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•   How do I add/remove a lien on a North Dakota title?

• Part 3 (Purchaser’s Certification and Application) must be completed and signed by the registered owner with the appropriate tax exemption marked and new lienholder information, if applicable.
• Odometer disclosures are required when changes are made on vehicles that are 2011 and newer.

•   I am from out-of-state working in North Dakota. How do I get a permit to work in your state?

Temporary license may be purchased by non-residents for a period of 6 or 12 months and must be displayed on the vehicle rear windows on driver's side visible to law enforcement. Permits are available online or from any Motor Vehicle Division office. Vehicle must also display valid registration and license plate from any jurisdiction and be properly insured.

Register online at Licensing & Registration(www.dot.nd.gov), click on 'Licensing & Registration' under Public, more public', under 'Motor Vehicle Services' click on Motor Vehicle Non-Resident Temporary Registration.

•   I’ve lost or mutilated my North Dakota title. How do I get a replacement?

• The registered owner or legal owner must complete SFN 2872 Application for Certificate of Title and Registration of a Motor Vehicle with the vehicle information. A reason for the duplicate must be stated on the application.
• If there is a lienholder on record, additional paperwork and fees will be due.

•   How is the expiration date of my vehicle registration determined?

The Motor Vehicle Division uses a system of staggered registration for cars, house cars, and pickups (39-04-14.1 NDCC). The expiration month is based on the date of sale or the date first used on ND Highways.

With the exception of Snowmobiles and Off Highway vehicles, registrations for all other vehicle types – service vehicles, large trucks, farm trucks, motorcycles, and trailers would expire December 31. Initial registration fees upon purchase would be prorated from the date of purchase.

•   I am a disabled veteran what will I need to obtain the DAV license plates and tax exemption?

A signed letter from The Department of Veteran Affairs office certifying the applicant is 100 percent service related disabled, or unemployability, or attesting eligibility under Public Law 663 of the 79th Congress.

•   I am a North Dakota dealer and have a title that is completely full. How can I get a title in my dealership name?

• If you have a full North Dakota title with last transfer to the dealership we will require the Part 3 (Purchaser’s Certification and Application) completed with tax exemption # 11 or # 12 and signature by agent for dealership.
• If you have a full out-of-state title with the last transfer assigned to the dealership, we will require an SFN 2872 Application for Certificate of Title & Registration of a Motor Vehicle completed in full, signed by an agent for the dealership, and submitted with the title fee of $5.
• If vehicle is less than nine (9) years old SFN 18609 Damage Disclosure Statement must be completed by the seller.

•   I have recently bought out my lease how do I change the title to my name?

• Part 1 (Seller’s Assignment & Warranty of Title) must be signed and dated by owner(s) as shown on the front of the title. Legal name and address of new owner (buyer) must be typed or printed legibly. Odometer information required on all motor vehicles 2011 and newer, with buyer’s signature, printed name, and date.
• Part 3 (Purchaser’s Certification and Application) must be completed and signed by new owner with tax exemption.
• 5% taxes are due on the lease buyout amount. The buyout amount must be shown in this section along with the signature of the buyer.
• If vehicle is less than nine (9) years old SFN 18609 Damage Disclosure Statement must be completed by the seller.
• Title fee.

•   What are the fees for a temporary license?

1. Passenger, pickups, vans, and trucks not exceeding 20,000 lbs are furnished a permit upon payment of the following fees: $60 for 6 months or $120 for 12 months, plus a $10 permit fee.

2. Trucks or combinations of trucks and trailers requiring a registered gross weight of 22,000 lbs or greater are furnished a permit upon payment of the following fees, plus a $10 permit fee:
20,001 - 42,000: $220 (6 month fee), $440 (12 month fee).
42,001 - 62,000: $380 (6 month fee), $760 (12 month fee).
62,001 - 82,000: $530 (6 month fee), $1,060 (12 month fee).
82,001 - 105,500: $900 (6 month fee), $1,800 (12 month fee).

3. Motorcycles are furnished a permit upon payment of $30 for 6 months, or $60 for 12 months, plus a $10 permit fee.

4. Out-of-state snowmobiles may be registered online through Parks & Rec for $25. Go to Register Snowmobile.

•   What vehicles are exempt from odometer disclosures?

• Vehicles 10 years old or older.
• Vehicles with a manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight rating over 16,000 pounds.
• Snowmobiles.
• All-terrain vehicles.
• Vehicles that are not self-propelled.
• Title transfers when at least one of the registered owners is staying the same, except when the title is submitted from out of state.
• Duplicate title only.

•   When I sell my vehicle am I required to keep my license plate(s)?

Yes. Vehicle owners must remove the license plate(s) from their vehicle whenever the vehicle is sold or transferred. The vehicle will be considered unlicensed, and subject to a full year license fee when re-titled.

•   When is an IRS Form 2290 required?

Owners of all trucks with a gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more, must file each year with the Internal Revenue Service an IRS Form 2290. A 2290 stamped by the IRS is required at the time of renewal. The Motor Vehicle Division is not responsible for the collection of the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax. Contact the Internal Revenue Service for the forms and any further questions. Telephone 1-800-829-1040.

•   Why is an odometer disclosure required?

The Truth in Mileage Act (TIMA) is a federal law that requires the seller of a motor vehicle to provide an odometer disclosure to the buyer at the time of sale or transfer of ownership. The buyer must sign in acknowledgment of the mileage disclosure given.

At least one owner shown on the title must make their disclosure on the actual title. The buyer must sign acknowledging that disclosure on the same title. Other buyers must make disclosures on state issued secure forms, which are controlled and contain security features that meet federal requirements. Vehicles with “not readable” odometer readings are still subject to federal odometer requirements.

Under federal law, the Motor Vehicle Division is required to refuse the transfer of ownership unless the odometer disclosure is completed.

•   Are there restrictions related to what types of vehicles can be renewed online?

Yes. Fleet vehicles and apportioned vehicles cannot be renewed online. Also, large trucks weighing 55,000 lbs. or more cannot be renewed online because IRS Form 2290 must be submitted prior to renewal. Volunteer Emergency Responder plates also cannot be renewed online.

•   Can anyone update their address through the online renewal process?

Yes except for vehicles solely titled to a lease company. Lease companies should contact the Motor Vehicle Division at (701) 328-2725 for assistance.

•   Can I renew more than one vehicle at a time?

Yes.

•   Can the online registration system be used for new registrations or title transfers?

No, only renewals are accepted.

•   How are the registration fees determined for each vehicle?

Registration fees are based on the year the vehicle is first registered and the weight of the vehicle.

•   How do I get a replacement registration card?

SFN 2872 Application for Certificate of Title and Registration of a Motor Vehicle must be completed in full stating the reason for the replacements (lost, stolen, or mutilated), signed by the registered owner.
• Duplicate registration card fee will apply.

•   How do I get replacement decals?

SFN 2872 Application for Certificate of Title and Registration of a Motor Vehicle must be completed in full stating the reason for the replacements (lost, stolen, or mutilated), signed by the registered owner.
• Duplicate decal fee will apply.

•   How old does my vehicle have to be to qualify for Antique or Collector plates?

•   How secure is my credit card information that I submit?

Your data is encrypted while being electronically transmitted to and from our system. Your credit card information is not stored in our system.

•   How soon after registering online will I receive my new registration card and decals?

Expect to receive them within 5 to 7 days.

•   I am from out-of-state working in North Dakota. How do I get a temporary vehicle registration?

Temporary vehicle registrations may be purchased by non-residents for a period of 6 or 12 months and must be displayed on the vehicle rear window on driver’s side visible to law enforcement. Vehicle must display valid registration and license plate from any jurisdiction and be properly insured. Temporary vehicle registrations are available online at https://secure.apps.state.nd.us/dot/mv/mvrenewal/tempRegWelcome.htm. This site indicates fees associated with non-resident temporary registrations for most vehicles.

Out-of-state snowmobiles may be registered online through Parks & Rec at https://travel.parkrecnd.com/campgrounds-and-rv-parks/all/North-Dakota-Parks-and-Recreation/permits.

•   I have recently formed a partnership or corporation how do I transfer my titles into that company name?

• Title transfers must be completed within 180 days from the effective date formed or incorporated. Title transfers submitted after the 180 days would be taxable on the fair market value of the vehicle. Vehicles transferred back to previous owner are exempt from tax.

• Part 1 (Seller’s Assignment & Warranty of Title) must be signed and dated by owner(s) as shown on the front of the title. Legal name and address of new owner (partnership or corporation) must be typed or printed legibly. Odometer information required on all motor vehicles less than ten (10) years old, with buyer's signature, printed name, and date.

• Part 3 (Purchaser’s Certification and Application) must be completed and signed by new owner with tax exemption and lienholder information, if applicable and date formed or incorporated.

• If vehicle is less than nine (9) years old SFN 18609 Damage Disclosure Statement must be completed by the seller.
• Title transfer fee $5.

•   I purchased a vehicle in North Dakota. How do I get it to my home state to register?

An out-of-state resident who purchases a vehicle in our state can obtain a Drive Out permit online at www.dot.nd.gov. The permit is valid for 30 days from date of issue, must be displayed in the window of the vehicle, and allows the individual to drive the vehicle from our state to their home of record state. Permit fee applies.

•   If two week has passed since I renewed online and I haven’t received anything yet, what should I do?

Contact the Motor Vehicle Division at (701) 328-2725 for assistance.

•   What do I do if my registration has already expired?

You may still use the online registration system if the expiration date is less than one year. You may decide to renew your registration in person at one of our Motor Vehicle Division offices to obtain your decals immediately. Otherwise, expect to receive your decals within 5-7 days after renewing using the online renewal system.

•   What do I need in order to use the online registration renewal system?

You must have either your renewal invoice or your old registration card and a valid credit or debit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover).

•   What if my browser is experiencing problems using the online registration renewal system?

You may need to adjust your browser’s settings or upgrade to a newer version. The North Dakota Department of Transportation assumes no responsibility for late registration renewals due to technical problems involving online transactions.

•   Where do my vehicle registration fees go?

• 61.3% of the fees are distributed to the State Highway Fund.
• 22% of the fees are distributed to the Counties.
• 12.5% of the fees are distributed to the Cities.
• 2.7% of the fees are distributed to Townships.
• 1.5% of the fees are distributed to Public Transportation

•   Why do I have to enter my address into the system on the payment screen if the system already has my address?

The address of the registered vehicle(s) may not be the same address as the one that your credit / debit card is billed to.

•   Will I get a receipt or confirmation via email?

Yes, if you supplied an email address. However, an email confirmation doesn’t constitute legal proof that you have a valid registration. Your registration card and decals that you will receive in the mail are legal proof of registration.

•   You are required to have your newly purchased vehicle titled and registered within 5 days. If I cannot make it to the DMV within those 5 days to transfer the title, how can I legally operate that vehicle?

A self-issuing temporary registration permit can be used for 30 days from the date of acquisition. During this time, the buyer must obtain proper registration and title for the vehicle. The permit is available on the reverse side of the sellers North Dakota registration card, can be acquired on-line at https://apps.nd.gov/dot/mv/mvrenewal/thirtyDayRegWelcome.htm, or from most Motor Vehicle Division offices.

•   I have recently dissolved my partnership or corporation. How do I transfer my titles out of that company name?

• Title transfers must be completed within 180 days from the effective date of the dissolution of the partnership or corporation. Title transfers submitted after the 180 days would be taxable on the fair market value of the vehicle.
• Part 1 (Seller’s Assignment & Warranty of Title) must be signed and dated by owner(s) as shown on the front of the title. Legal name and address of new owner (buyer) must be typed or printed legibly. Odometer information required on all motor vehicles less than ten (10) years old, with buyer’s signature, printed name, and date.
• Part 3 (Purchaser’s Certification and Application) must be completed and signed by new owner with tax exemption and lienholder information, if applicable and date of dissolution.
• If vehicle is less than nine (9) years old SFN 18609 Damage Disclosure Statement must be completed by the seller.
• Title transfer fee $5.

•   I moved out of state and just received my renewal. What should I do?

If you have moved out of state and have titled and licensed your vehicle in that state you may disregard and destroy the renewal notice received from our office.

•   I recently registered my vehicle in North Dakota and then moved out of state. Can I get a refund on the unused portion of my registration?

If you have moved out-of-state there is no refund on the unused portion of registration paid to North Dakota.

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•   How do I title a vehicle I own that does not have a title?

Please see linked PDF for full instructions: Untitled Vehicle Instructions.