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 the titling process has been completed.)
The following are approximate fees for passenger cars, motorhomes, motorcycles, boats and recreational vehicle trailers. For exact fees please call Madison County DMV at (208) 359-6200.
Passenger Cars and Motorhomes** $37.25 to $63.25 (depending on vehicle age)
Motorcycles and ATVs $17.25
Boats $14.50 for boats up to 12 feet (add $2 for each additional foot in length)
Recreational Vehicle Trailers $11 + RV sticker fee**
Mailing Fee $2.50 for two plates and $1.50 for one plate
**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 of market value. RV stickers are prorated on a quarterly basis for first-time issuance.
Where to register
You can register your vehicle(s) at any of Idaho's 44 County Assessor offices (see your local phone directory). In Madison County, call (208) 359-6200.
You can obtain the following types of license plates when you register your vehicle(s) at a County DMV office. All but the standard plates are an additional $35 initial fee upon issuance and an additional $25 renewal fee above your regular fees for registration each year.
Lewis and Clark
Police Officer Memorial
Wildlife (Elk, Bluebird or Trout)
Special license plates
The following types of special license plates are available from the Vehicle Services in Boise or you can obtain order forms at Madison County DMV offices
Former Prisoner of War
Medal of Honor
Pearl Harbor Survivor
Year of Manufacture
Personalized license plates
Personalized license plates are available for vehicles not in excess of 26,000 pounds gross vehicle weight, motorhomes and motorcycles. The following types of plates can be personalized:
Lewis and Clark
Police Officer Memorial
Wildlife (Elk, Bluebird or Trout)
The initial fee for a personalized standard or disability license plate is $25 in addition to the regular registration fees at the time of issuance and $15 in addition to the regular registration fees each renewal year. All other special plates are $60 additional at time of issuance and $40 additional each renewal year.
For first-time issuance of "special plates," personalized, or disability, please contact the Idaho DMV in Boise at (208) 334-8636 or you can obtain applications at Madison County DMV at (208) 359-6200, 134 E. Main, Rexburg, Idaho 83440.
Titling Vehicles in Idaho
Idaho residents and businesses may title and register vehicles in Idaho. 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. Also, lien holders located in another state who are financing a vehicle being titled in Idaho may title through the mail. If there is a lien recorded, the title will be mailed to the lien holder of record. If there is no lien holder recorded, the title will be mailed to the titled owner. The registration and license plates will always be issued and mailed (if applied for through the mail) to the titled owner.
Vehicle owners or their lien holders who are requesting titles and registrations for their vehicles through the mail should send all the required documents to the County DMV office in the county in which the titled owner's residence address is located. Out-of-state dealers who have sold vehicles to Idaho residents and leasing companies who are leasing vehicles to Idaho residents may also send the title documents to the County DMV in which the titled owner resides.
The following is a list of required documents and fees:
The title (for used vehicles): must be properly released by the previous owner and lien holder (if any), or Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin (for new vehicles) must be properly assigned by the dealer to the new owner.
Bill of Sale: must include vehicle description, sales price, buyer's name, original signature of seller and date of sale.
Odometer Disclosure Statement required for any transfer of a motor vehicle less than 10 years old and under 16,000 pounds G.V.W. Disclosure may be entered on the title if there is a space for the odometer reading. If not, the disclosure should be made on a federally approved form.
Vehicle Identification Number Inspection completed by an officer of the law, DMV employee, military police officer or any Idaho licensed dealer.
Power of Attorney must authorize the appropriate County DMV office to sign the application for Idaho title for the titled owner. The Power of Attorney must have a full description of the vehicle and have an original signature by the owner/applicant.
Fees: Sales Tax equal to 5% of the purchase price (minus trade-in if purchased from a licensed dealer), documentation that at least 5% sales tax was paid to the state in which the vehicle was purchased or that the vehicle was purchased at least three months prior to moving to Idaho and is already titled in the owner's name with an out-of-state address. (The latter exemption does not apply to businesses bringing vehicles into Idaho from a non-taxing state or for Idaho residents who have purchased a vehicle while temporarily living in a non-taxing state.)
Title fee $8.
Registration fees: Since exact fees may vary, please contact our office for this information.
Duplicate titles and corrections
Only the owner or lien holder of record, or their agent, may apply for a duplicate title in Idaho. To properly complete the duplicate title application, the owner or lien holder needs to have both the vehicle identification number and the title number (these can be found on the vehicle's Idaho registration). If that information is not available, the owner or lien holder may request a record inquiry from our office with a $4 fee. A computer printout showing the requested information will be provided to the requestor.
The duplicate application must be completed in full and the applicant's signature must be notarized. In the current address section, the address where the new title is to be mailed must be listed if it is different from the address on the Idaho title record.
If a lien holder is shown on the title record, the duplicate title will be issued with the same lien and will be mailed to the lien holder unless the application is accompanied by either an original or verified copy of a satisfaction of lien signed by the lien holder of record.
If the duplicate application is signed by a Power of Attorney, either an original or verified copy of the completed Power of Attorney form must be submitted. If a title has been issued with an incorrect name, lien holder name or vehicle description, the owner or lien holder must resubmit the title and include a signed letter of explanation. If the error was caused by faulty information provided on the original application, an $8 title correction fee is required.
To record a lien on an existing Idaho title, the lien holder name and address must be printed in the new lien holder section of the title. The title and an $8 fee should be mailed to our office so that the new lien holder information is recorded on the title. The new title when issued will be mailed to the new lien holder of record.