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Plate and Fee To Owner

Frequently Asked Questions

For more information, see Selling Your Vehicle.

1) What should I do when I sell or transfer my vehicle?

The license plate belongs to you, the vehicle owner, instead of the vehicle. When a vehicle is sold or transferred, you will remove and retain the plate, instead of leaving the plate on the vehicle, then within 30 days you must take one of the following actions:

  • Transfer the plate credit to another vehicle you own
    -or-
  • Request a refund (EZ Refund)


2) Is there a fee charged to transfer my plate credit or to request a refund?

Yes. There is a $12.00 processing fee to transfer your plate credit or to request a refund.


3) Can I transfer my regular/standard plate if there is no credit?

Yes. But you will not be charged the processing or transfer fee, except for personalized or special plates which will still be charged the $12.00 transfer fee.


4) What should I do when I buy a vehicle from a licensed dealer?

If you choose to transfer a plate to your new purchase, you must provide the dealer with the plate number. You may be eligible to apply a credit or to request a refund. The dealer will assist you with this process and provide you with a form indicating your selection. The dealer will issue a Temporary Registration Plate (TRP). You may operate the new vehicle using the TRP until the new registration arrives in the mail. Then, you will remove the TRP and attach the plate that you transferred from the previous vehicle, along with the new tabs that you received in the mail.


5) What should I do when I buy a vehicle from a private sale?
You have 15 days to apply for a new certificate of title. Upon sale or transfer of a vehicle, the registration for that vehicle is not valid. Therefore, any used vehicle that you purchase has an expired registration. You may not operate the vehicle until it is registered or until you purchase a Restricted Use 3-Day Permit available at EZ Permit, or at any MVD office or Authorized Third Party Provider.

6) Can I put my plate on another vehicle as soon as I buy it?

No. You cannot display the plate on the other vehicle until the vehicle is registered through an MVD office or Authorized Third Party Provider. If you need to drive the vehicle in order to complete the registration process (e.g., vehicle inspection, emission testing), a Restricted Use 3-Day Permit can be obtained online at EZ Permit, or at any MVD office or Authorized Third Party Provider.


7) Can I transfer the plate to a vehicle that I already own?

Yes. Your plate and credit may be transferred when you renew the Arizona registration of another vehicle that you own.

You must first visit any MVD office or Authorized Third Party Provider to transfer the plate and register the vehicle. If it is necessary to drive the vehicle to complete this transaction, you must obtain a Restricted Use 3-Day Permit (for private sales), or a Temporary Registration Plate (for vehicles purchased from a licensed dealer).

Restricted Use 3-Day Permit can be obtained online at EZ Permit, or at any MVD office or Authorized Third Party Provider.


8) When I bought my vehicle it still had a plate. Can I drive it?
No. The registration on the vehicle has expired. The previous owner should have removed the plate. Surrender the license plate to an MVD or Third Party office, or submit an affidavit of plate destruction (Plate Notice, form #48-3302).

9) Is my permanently registered trailer eligible for a credit or a refund?
At the time the trailer receives a permanent registration, there are 24 months of potential credit. Each month that passes, the number of creditable months is reduced by one, so that the potential credit will be reduced to zero after two years. You may be eligible to receive a credit or request a refund for fees paid within the last two years.

10) Where do I purchase a permit for a newly acquired vehicle?
If you bought the vehicle from a licensed dealer, the dealer will give you a Temporary Registration Plate that allows you to operate the vehicle for any purpose. If you purchased the vehicle from a private sale, you may obtain a Restricted Use 3-Day Permit which is valid only for the purposes of vehicle inspection, emission testing, repairs needed to comply with inspection or emission rules, or to otherwise complete the registration process. The permit is available at online at EZ Permit, or at any MVD or authorized Third Party office. In order to operate the vehicle for any other purpose, you must first complete the registration process.

11) How long do I have to transfer the title on my new vehicle?
The transfer must be completed within 15 business days, in order to avoid penalty fees

12) Am I entitled to a refund if I sell a vehicle and do not plan to purchase another one within 30 days?

Yes. You may be entitled to a refund if your credit is more than $12.00. Refund requests may be made:


13) What do I have to do to qualify for a plate refund?

To qualify for a plate refund, you must complete all of the following:

  • Sell or otherwise transfer the vehicle
  • Submit a refund online at EZ Refund, by mail using a Plate Credit Refund Request, form #96-0353, or at an Authorized Third Party Provider.
  • Agree to allow MVD to deduct a $12.00 processing fee from the refund
  • Surrender the license plate to MVD or an Authorized Third Party Provider, or submit an affidavit of plate destruction (Plate Notice, form #48-3302) If requesting a plate refund online, the affidavit is not needed. If the plate is personalized or a special plate, you may keep the plate.

14) Is there a form I can use to mail in a refund request?
Yes. A Plate Credit Refund Request, form #96-0353, is available online.

15) Can I take the refund request form to an MVD office to process my refund request?

No. The form must be mailed to:

MAIL DROP 523M
REFUND UNIT
ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
PO BOX 2100
PHOENIX AZ 85001-2100

16) How long will I have to wait for a plate refund check?
Refund checks will be mailed to you within 10 to 14 business days from the date the refund was processed.

17) Can I get a refund if I am moving out of the state?
No. Leaving the state does not qualify you for a plate refund.

18) If I sell my vehicle and the plate is lost, am I still entitled to a credit or a refund?
Yes. If your plate has been lost, stolen or damaged, you are still eligible to apply your credit or request a refund. The lost plate may be replaced for $5.00 when you transfer the credit to another vehicle.

19) Can I split the plate credit among more than one vehicle?
No. The credit may be applied only to one vehicle.

20) Can I give my credit to another person?
No. However, there are exceptions that allow the transfer of credit to another owner listed on the title of the vehicle that you sold, and from a lessor to a lessee, or in some cases of a trustee, company name sole proprietor, court order or non-probate estate.

21) How is my credit or refund determined?
Credit/refund will be based on the number of months left on the registration of the vehicle sold, at the time the credit is applied or refund is requested. For example, if the registration on a vehicle was renewed in June for one year and the vehicle is sold in December, then 6 months of the fees are remaining and may be applied as credit or requested as a refund. If application for registration of another vehicle is not submitted until January, then there will be only 5 months left on the previous registration that may be applied as credit or requested as a refund. Each month that passes, the number of creditable months is reduced by one, so that the potential credit/refund will be reduced to zero on the first day of the month of expiration of the registration on the previous vehicle.

22) What if there is more credit than the fees I owe on the other vehicle?
Once you have applied your credit, any remaining credit will be refunded and mailed to you.

23) How can I find out the amount of my credit?
Plate credits may be viewed online at EZ Plate Credit.

24) Can the credit be applied to a vehicle registration in another state?
No. The credit is for Arizona vehicle registration fees and can only be applied to another Arizona vehicle registration.

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