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Registering and Licensing Vehicles in Idaho



To register a vehicle in Idaho:

  • The vehicle must belong to an Idaho resident or business.
  • The vehicle must be titled in Idaho before it can be registered. (You can apply for vehicle registration immediately after submitting the required documents to a county assessor's motor vehicle office.)
  • If you are a new resident, you must register and title your vehicle(s) within 90 days.

An Idaho resident is anyone whose principal home has been in Idaho for 90 continuous days, although residency may be declared at any time earlier, and vehicles may be titled and registered at that time. Idaho residents who are temporarily in another state (i.e., students or military personnel) may request titles and registrations for their vehicle(s) through the mail.

Click here for information on: Titling Vehicles in Idaho.


The following are approximate fees for passenger cars, motorhomes, motorcycles, boats and recreational vehicle trailers.  Additional fees apply according to residence, county and other options such as personalization and special plates.

Passenger Cars and Motorhomes

$56.00 to $259.00* (depending on vehicle age, type and county of residence) 


$25.00 (except Ada County where the fee is $33.00)

Boats (Resident)

$30.00 for boats up to 12 feet (add $2.00 for every foot over 12 feet). Includes Invasive Species Fund fees.

Recreational Vehicle Trailers


* Vehicles registered in Ada County also pay a $24 to $40 Ada County Highway District Fee.

** Motorhome and RV trailer owners are required to purchase a Recreational Vehicle sticker. The cost of this sticker is $8.50 for the first $1,000 of market value, and $5.00 for each additional $1,000 or portion thereof of market value. RV stickers are prorated on a quarterly basis for first-time issuance.


You can register your vehicle(s) at any of Idaho's 44 County Assessor motor vehicle offices .

Aircraft registrations are administered by the Idaho Transportation Department's Division of Aeronautics . Call (800) 426-4587 for more information.


Aircraft owned and operated in Idaho must be registered with the Division of Aeronautics. For more information, call (208) 334-8775.


You can obtain the following types of license plates when you register your vehicle(s) at a County Assessor office:

  • 4-H
  • Agriculture
  • Appaloosa
  • Centennial
  • Capitol Restoration
  • Collegiate
  • Corvette
  • Earth Science & Lapidary
  • Firefighter
  • Freemason
  • Idaho Aviation Foundation
  • Idaho Mountain Biking
  • Idaho Rangeland
  • Idaho Territory Sesquicentennial
  • Lewis and Clark
  • Peace Officer
  • Potato
  • Sawtooth
  • Snowmobile
  • Snowskier
  • Standard Scenic Idaho
  • Support Our Troops
  • Timber
  • White Water Rafting
  • Wilderness: Selway-Bitterroot & Frank Church-River of No Return
  • Wildlife (Bluebird, Elk, or Cutthroat Trout)
  • Youth


The following special license plates have special eligibility requirements and are available only by mail or fax from the Idaho DMV:


Personalized license plates are available for vehicles not in excess of 26,000 pounds gross vehicle weight, motorhomes, and motorcycles. Personalized plates are available only by mail or fax from the Idaho DMV or On-Line.  The following types of plates can be personalized:

Order Personalized/Sample License Plates Online..

See a printable poster of all of Idaho's Special license plate designs.

The initial fee for a personalized license plate is $25.00 in addition to the regular registration fees, plus an additional $15.00 for each renewal year.

For special-plate (personalized, handicapped, disabled veteran, etc.) information, please contact the Idaho DMV between the hours of 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM, Mountain Standard Time, at (208) 334-8649.

Special License Plate application forms

    For additional DMV information, contact Vehicle Services via e-mail at:

Page Last Modified: 7/22/2015 9:30:44 AM

Division of Motor Vehicles / Vehicle Services Section
Vehicle Titles: (208) 334-8663Vehicle Registrations (Special Plates): (208) 334-8649Dealer Licensing: (208) 334-8681

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