You need to register your vehicle for the first time if you have recently:
* Moved to the state
* Received a vehicle as a gift or inheritance
* Bought a vehicle
After purchasing, you have 10 days to register. If you’re a new resident, you have 60 days to register.
Your car must be insured in order to be street-legal.
Prepare the PaperworkCar-Registration
If you purchased a new car, the dealer will take car of the title and registration paperwork for you.
If you’re handling the registration yourself:
* Fill out a Registration Application
* Have the title
* Have proper identification
* Visit the Driver and Vehicle Services office (DVS)
Calculate the FeesCar-Registration
Several fees are involved, including a registration tax (for first-time registration), wheelage tax (depending your your county of residency), and sales tax.
Go to the DVSCar-Registration
Bring your paperwork and fee payment to the nearest DVS office.
Whether you receive new plates depends on the situation:
* Used vehicles that have been previously registered in Minnesota – plates stay with the car, and you will be issued registration stickers
* New vehicles – DVS will mail you your plates
* New state resident – you can order standard or specialty plates upon registration
Affix Your StickersCar-Registration
The month sticker goes on the lower left of the rear plate, and the year sticker goes on the lower right.
Get a Tax DeductionCar-Registration
Some registration fees may be tax-deductible. Consider checking with a tax attorney for advice.
Safely Get on Your WayCar-Registration
Consider enrolling in a roadside assistance program in case you get a flat or need a tow. It’s also a good idea to invest in a car emergency kit to keep in your trunk.
If you need to make calls while you’re driving, a hands-free headset is a good way to go. If you transport children, make sure you have a federally approved child safety seat – it’s the law.
Find a mechanic who is trustworthy and dependable. An after-market auto warranty can go a long way in protecting yourself against unforeseen repair bills.