When the owner of a registered vehicle transfers or assigns ownership of the vehicle to another person, the owner must remove the plates from the vehicle.
The owner must then either forward the plates to the county treasurer where the vehicle is registered or have the plates assigned to another vehicle within 30 days after transfer, upon payment of the required fees.
The local tag agent can transfer or assign renewal decals and license plates for all license plates which they maintain in inventory.
All other transfers must be mailed directly to the IAU of the DOR.
When motor vehicle is sold or otherwise disposed of, license plate must be removed and may be transferred to a newly acquired vehicle of same class if transfer fees and other regular fees and taxes due on vehicle are paid.
The owner of a vehicle shall retain the vehicle’s license plates when the owner transfers the vehicle to another person.
ADOT may assign the plates to a new vehicle of the owner if the new vehicle is of the same type and the owner pays the appropriate transfer fees.
If the vehicle is not of the same type, the owner must surrender the plates to the department or submit an affidavit of license plate destruction.
When a previously registered motor vehicle changes ownership, the registration plate shall remain on the vehicle.
Unexpired license plates can be transferred when a motor vehicle, trailer, semitrailer, recreational vehicle, or motor home that is currently registered in Indiana is transferred to another person as long as the vehicle from which the license plate is transferred is the same type of vehicle, and the vehicle has not been operated in Indiana for more than 31 days after the date of acquisition of the vehicle.
The person that is registering the new vehicle must prove ownership by having either the manufacturer’s certificate of origin, the assigned certificate of title, or a notarized bill of sale.
Personalized plates may be transferred for a fee, but only to a surviving spouse, from a joint ownership of a vehicle to a sole ownership, and from a sole ownership to a joint ownership.
License plates may be cancelled using the DMV online tag cancellation service.