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North Dakota Vehicle Registration

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Registering a vehicle in North Dakota is necessary for all vehicle owners residing in the state. This guide will walk you through the process, including requirements, fees, types of registrations, and forms to be completed. It also covers the processing time, where to process your vehicle registration, and how to renew it.


  • Proof of ownership: You need to provide a title, Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin (MCO), or other proof of ownership.
  • Proof of insurance: North Dakota requires all drivers to have liability insurance that meets the state’s minimum coverage requirements.
  • Valid driver’s license: You must have a valid North Dakota driver’s license.
  • Inspection: If you are registering a vehicle from out-of-state, you may need to have it inspected by a certified North Dakota inspector.
  • Payment of fees: Be prepared to pay all required fees when registering your vehicle.


The fees for registering a vehicle in North Dakota vary depending on the type of vehicle and its weight. Here is a general breakdown of registration fees:

  • Passenger vehicles: $49 – $274 (depending on weight)
  • Electric vehicles: $120
  • Motorcycles: $20
  • Trailers: $15 – $110 (depending on weight)

Please note that these fees are subject to change, and additional fees may apply. Visit the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) website for the most up-to-date fee information.

Types of Registrations

There are several types of vehicle registrations in North Dakota, including:

  • New Vehicle Registration: For vehicles that have never been registered before.
  • Used Vehicle Registration: For vehicles that have been previously registered in another state or have changed ownership.
  • Temporary Registration: For vehicles that will be used in North Dakota for a short period of time.
  • Commercial Vehicle Registration: For vehicles used for commercial purposes.

Forms to Complete

The following forms need to be completed when registering a vehicle in North Dakota:

  • Application for Certificate of Title & Registration of a Vehicle (SFN 2872): This form is required for all vehicle registrations.
  • Secure Odometer Disclosure (SFN 2486): This form is required for vehicles less than ten years old.
  • Damage Disclosure Statement (SFN 18609): This form is required for all vehicles.
  • Inspection Certificate (SFN 2486): This form is required for out-of-state vehicles.

These forms can be found on the NDDOT website.

Processing Time

The processing time for vehicle registration in North Dakota varies depending on the type of registration and the location of the registration office. Generally, it takes between 1-2 weeks for the registration to be processed and for you to receive your license plates and registration card.

Where to Process Your Vehicle Registration

You can process your vehicle registration at your local North Dakota Motor Vehicle office or through the mail. To find the nearest Motor Vehicle office, visit the NDDOT website.

How to Renew a Registration

Vehicle registration renewal in North Dakota can be done online, by mail, or in person at a Motor Vehicle office. You will receive a renewal notice in the mail approximately one month before your registration expires. To renew online, visit the NDDOT Online Services page and follow the instructions.

Ensure you have your insurance information, vehicle identification number (VIN), and payment method ready when renewing your registration.

We hope this guide helps you successfully register your vehicle in North Dakota. Remember always to keep your registration card and proof of insurance in your vehicle, and drive safely!

Last Verified:
Sep 5, 2023