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A Motor Vehicle Registration — or more simply, a car registration — connects a car to its owner for identification purposes, and is proof that the car owner has paid the required taxes and obtained the minimum auto insurance coverage required in their state. Each state requires you, by law, to register your car with your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or transportation agency.
The vehicle registration process involves providing some personal information and details on your car and paying a registration fee. If you fail to register your car or renew your registration, you could face penalty fees, a ticket and possibly impoundment.
The most common scenarios wherein you’d need to register a car are:
The Northern Mariana Islands Department of Public Safety (DPS) oversees vehicle registration in the state. Find out more about car registration on the Northern Mariana Islands DPS page here.
In the Northern Mariana Islands, you must register any cars or motor vehicles you own or operate with the Northern Mariana Islands Department of Public Safety (DPS).
The first time you register your car in the Northern Mariana Islands, you’ll receive a license plate for your vehicle and a registration card. Additionally, you will receive a registration sticker that needs to be attached to your vehicle’s license plate.
When you renew your registration, you’ll receive a new registration card. In the Northern Mariana Islands, drivers are required to keep the registration card with them when operating a vehicle. If you drive a commercial vehicle, you can carry the digital version of the card.
To register a car in the Northern Mariana Islands, you must:
Find out more about the requirements to register a vehicle and the personal information requirements here.
The main difference between a car title (or pink slip) and a car registration is that while the first proves your legal ownership of a vehicle, the second allows your vehicle to be driven on public roads. Both documents are mandatory in all 50 U.S. states.
Unlike the car title, which does not need to be renewed, the car registration has to be renewed every one or two years, depending on the state. In the Northern Mariana Islands, registrations have to be renewed every year.
The car title only needs to be changed when the vehicle is sold and the owner changes, or if you have finished paying the car loan and the vehicle is now officially yours. In these cases, you must complete a transfer of ownership by transferring the title.
Learn more about your car title in the Northern Mariana Islands here.
If you purchase a new or used vehicle at a car dealership in the Northern Mariana Islands, the dealership will handle the vehicle registration on your behalf but will charge the applicable registration fees.
If you purchased a used car from a private seller or are a new resident of the state, you will need to obtain a car registration yourself.
To register your car in the Northern Mariana Islands, complete the following three steps:
Learn what documents and information you need here.
To register your car in person. Click here to contact the Department of Motor Services to find your nearest Treasury Office location.
To register by mail, fill out the Registration Application here and mail it to the address on the form.
The cost to register a vehicle in the Northern Mariana Islands will depend on the age, type and weight of the vehicle, as well as your county of residence. You can pay the DMV fees in cash, with a check or with a credit card.
If you have questions about the car registration process or require assistance, contact the Northern Mariana Islands Transportation Department by phone at (670) 664-9068.
You can also submit questions or requests through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To renew your car registration in the Northern Mariana Islands, complete the following three steps:
Learn about the documents needed to renew your registration here.
To renew your registration in person, click here to find your nearest TreasuryOffice.
To renew your registration by mail, you can fill out the Registration Form here and mail it to the address on the application along with the renewal fee.
In addition to standard fees, you will need to pay an online service charge if you choose to renew your registration online.
If you have further questions about the vehicle registration renewal process or require assistance, contact the Northern Mariana Islands Transportation Department by phone at (670) 664-9068.
You can also submit questions or requests through email at email@example.com.
If you applied for a new vehicle registration or requested a vehicle registration renewal for your car, check the status of your application by contacting the Northern Mariana Islands Department of Public Safety at (670) 664-9068.
You can also contact the department through other means here.
Any missing or stolen vehicle title or registration must be replaced and reported to the local authorities immediately. This includes license plates. You can replace lost or stolen title and registration documents in person or by mail.
To replace documentation in person, click here to find your nearest Treasury Office.
To replace documentation by mail, print and complete the Northern Mariana Islands Vehicle Registration Application here and send it to the address on the form.
After requesting your replacement title or registration, you can check the status of your request by contacting the DPS here.
If you move to a new address within the state, you will need to update the address on your vehicle registration within 30 days of relocation.
You can change your address by contacting the Department of Public Safety (DPS) here.
If you need to update your name on your registration, you must change your name with the Social Security Administration (SSA) first. Learn more about how to change your name with the SSA here.
After changing your name with the SSA, you must visit a local Treasury Office in person to update your registration. Find your nearest office by contacting the DPS here.
If you have recently moved to the Northern Mariana Islands, you will need to register and title your car with the Northern Mariana Islands DMV within 90 days of moving to the state. Follow the same car registration steps outlined above to complete the process.
If you have not yet obtained a Northern Mariana Islands-issued driver’s license or ID card, you will need to provide your Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number with your legal name and address to submit your car registration application.
Learn more about what to expect as a new Northern Mariana Islands resident here.
If you move out of the Northern Mariana Islands, you will need to register your vehicle in your new state. Your new state may have different requirements for vehicle services. Click here to access your new state’s official DMV website for more information.
To learn more about Northern Mariana Islands registration fees and penalties, contact the Department of Public Safety here.
For help with the car registration process, or for any further questions about your car registration, call the Northern Mariana Islands Department of Public Safety (DPS) by phone at (670) 664-9068.
You may also call DPS 24 hours operator center at (670) 664-9001 for additional information and assistance.
Or, visit or call a local Treasury Office for further assistance. Find your nearest office location and by contacting the DPS here.
While we are not affiliated with the government in any way, our private company engaged writers to research the car registration process and compiled a guide and the following answers to frequently asked questions. Our goal is to help you get familiar with the process by providing useful information.
Our free Car Registration Guide is filled with helpful information about how to apply, eligibility and how to get in touch with local offices. You can view or download our free guide here.