Vehicle titles and plates

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We strongly encourage remote processing (mail in or drop box) of transactions whenever possible. If you require face to face assistance, please schedule an appointment.

We are receiving a high volume of phone calls. You may experience long wait times. Thank you for your patience.

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Titles

First time/new to state registration and plates

  • You may need your certificate of origin, title, current registration card, odometer reading and your driver’s license or state ID card 
  • If there is a lien against the vehicle, you must provide the date of the loan, along with the name and complete address of the lender
  • If both you and your vehicle are new to Minnesota, and the out of state plates are current, you have a 60-day grace period to register the vehicle

Transfer of ownership (title transfer)

  • Buyer must bring the completed title, and a driver’s license or state ID card
  • Seller must complete the "Seller's" portion of title, including signature(s)
  • To transfer an out of state title, complete and bring the title application (PDF)

Application process

Use our online form with a credit card payment to apply for a duplicate title, duplicate registration tabs, register your car in MN, or transfer title.

  1. Gather your vehicle information like the motor vehicle title or registration card.
  2. Gather your insurance information.
  3. Complete the form.
  4. Within 5 - 7 business days we will verify your information and contact you with instructions to complete your transaction which will include options for paying and dropping off completed and signed documentation.

If you cannot use the online form, the in person application process is:

  1. Gather your documents
  2. Schedule an appointment

Fee

  • Fees vary depending on the classification and year of the vehicle and will be determined during the review process.

Regular or standard plates

Remote application process

  1. Complete the license place application (PDF)
  2. Determine the appropriate fee
  3. Gather your documents
  4. Email us with your phone number at servicecenterinfo@hennepin.us to review your application, fees and payment options
    • We are overwhelmed with email requests. It may take us 2-3 business days to respond. Thank you for your patience.
    • We will help determine the correct fee and go over payment options
  5. Submit your application and payment:

    Director of Licensing — Regular/standard plates
    Hennepin County Government Center
    300 South 6th Street Suite A-025
    Minneapolis, MN 55487-0026 

If you cannot use a remote option, the in person application process is:

  1. Gather your documents
  2. Schedule an appointment

Fee

Personalized or specialized plates

Personalized plates are available with the standard plate background for passenger automobiles and pick-up trucks with up to seven characters, including spaces. The state will mail your permanent plates to you.

Remote application process

  1. Complete and bring the application (PDF)
  2. Gather your documents
  3. Email us with your phone number at servicecenterinfo@hennepin.us to review your application, fees and payment options

    • We are overwhelmed with email requests. It may take us 2-3 business days to respond. Thank you for your patience.
    • We will help determine the correct fee and go over payment options
  4. Submit your application and payment:

    Director of Licensing — Personalized or specialized plates
    Hennepin County Government Center
    300 South 6th Street Suite A-025
    Minneapolis, MN 55487-0026 

If you cannot use a remote option, the in person application process is:

  1. Gather your documents
  2. Schedule an appointment

Fee

Types of plates

  • Personalized Plates contain seven characters for passenger class vehicles and pick-up trucks; and six characters for motorcycles, mopeds one-ton pick-ups and self-propelled recreational vehicles
  • Specialized Plates are available for amateur (HAM) radio and citizen band radio; collector; collegiate; critical habitat; military or veteran; remembering victims of impaired drivers; sesquicentennial: support our troops; volunteer ambulance attendant; and volunteer firefighter

Disability plates

In Minnesota, a person may display disability plates on passenger class vehicles (cars, vans, pickups), self-propelled recreational vehicles (RV), one-ton pickups and motorcycles.

Qualifications

The applicant must be one of the following:

  • Permanently disabled and the owner or primary operator of the vehicle the plates will be on
  • The custodial parent or guardian applying on behalf of a permanently disable minor
  • The owner of a commercial rental motor vehicle specially modified for and used exclusively by permanently physically disabled people

Remote application process

  1. Complete the application (PDF)
  2. Gather your documents   
  3. Submit your application and payment:

    Director of Licensing — Disability plates
    Hennepin County Government Center
    300 South 6th Street Suite A-025
    Minneapolis, MN 55487-0026 

If you cannot use a remote option, the in person application process is:

  1. Gather your documents
  2. Schedule an appointment

Fees

  • Double plates: $8 plus $10 filing fee
  • Single: $6 plus $10 filing fee
  • Payment options

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