Applying for Car Registration in North Dakota
Vehicle registration in North Dakota is required if you have purchased or inherited a vehicle. The North Dakota Department of Transportation (ND DOT) requires every vehicle owner to meet registration requirements, maintain current license plates and carry adequate auto insurance.
Before you are able to get an ND DMV registration, your vehicle must have a North Dakota title. The ND DOT allows applicants to use one form for registering and titling a vehicle. Review the following sections to learn the documents you need and the steps to register your new or used vehicle in North Dakota.
North Dakota Vehicle Registration Requirements
To get a DMV car registration in North Dakota, you must appear in person at your nearest ND DOT office and obtain an ND title at the same time. The types of documents you need to provide will depend on how you obtained your vehicle. New car registration requirements are different depending on whether you bought your vehicle from a dealer or from a private seller.
If you have recently moved to North Dakota, you must obtain your title and registration within a certain timeframe. However, if you are an active duty military member or a full-time non-resident student, you may keep your current registration.
Most auto registration applicants will need the following documents to get an ND vehicle registration:
- Proof of identification
- Current vehicle registration records
- Vehicle title
However, you may need other information depending on your circumstances (learn more here). Additional documents may include proof of excise tax payment or an odometer disclosure statement.
Where can I get a North Dakota car registration near me?
“Where can I get a car registration near me?” is a common question, particularly for new state residents. Auto registration and other vehicle services are provided at your local ND DOT motor vehicle branch office. Contact the ND DOT if you need help finding your nearest location.
North Dakota Vehicle Registration Fees
North Dakota vehicle registration fees are based on the weight of your vehicle and the year the vehicle was first registered in ND. Be sure to bring cash or a check to pay car registration fees, as they must be paid in full to obtain your registration documents and license plates. Find more information by downloading our free guide.