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License plate applies to trucks, tractor and truck-tractors.
Minnesota Base Plates
Expiration: February of each year - plate must display a year validation sticker and a vehicle weight sticker.
Apportioned (Prorate) Plates
Vehicle must be part of proportionally registered interstate fleet based in Minnesota.
Registration is based on vehicle gross weight.
Expiration: February of each year - plate must display a year validation sticker and gross weight sticker.
IFTA Cab Card Image:
IRP 60-Day Cab Card Image:
Single Plate Issue
Back display - A single license plate is issued to the following vehicles for display on the back of the vehicle.
Double Plate Issue
All other vehicles are issued double plates to display on the front and back of the vehicle. This includes cars, vans, pickups, trucks and buses.
Registration Tax - Tax varies by vehicle, refer to the Registration Tax Page.
Contact your local Deputy Registrarfor assistance in determining registration tax or email DVS at DVS.email@example.com
Refer to License Plate Fee Page or contact DVS at (651) 297-2126 for more information on fees.
Minnesota Base Plates: Minnesota Statute 168.002, subd. 34, 37 and 38
Apportioned (Prorate) Plates: Minnesota Statute 168.187
Minnesota Motor Vehicle Tax Manual (complete)
Additional Tax Manual documents are available on the Motor Vehicle Forms and Documents page, including the Calendar Year Base Value Chart, monthly tax tables, miscellaneous tax table, and an annual fee in monthly increments table.
Digital Plate Technology
In 2008, Minnesota began to transition to digital license plate (DLP) technology. For the past several years, Minnesota has used digital license plate technology to produce the Critical Habitat Loon and Support Our Troops license plates. In 2008, Minnesota began to transition passenger plates to DLP. Eventually, all license plates in Minnesota will be manufactured using the DLP system. Digital License Plates are flat. The license plate numbers produced for the DLP system are black. If you have questions about the DLP system, please contact DVS at (651) 284-3896.
It will take several years to transition all Minnesota plates to DLP. In the meantime, many vehicles will continue to display license plates that are made of reflectorized sheeting applied to steel or aluminum. In most cases the letter and number characters are embossed and are non-reflective.License plates issued to passenger automobiles and dealer license plates are replaced at seven (7) year intervals; all other license plates are issued for the life of the vehicle.
Driver and Vehicle Services – Central OfficeTown Square Building445 Minnesota Street, Suite 190Saint Paul, MN 55101-5190Email:Motor Vehicle DVS.firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone:Motor Vehicles: (651) 297-2126Digital License Plates: (651) 284-3896Office Locations: (651) 297-2005Assistance for Hearing Impaired Callers (TDD/TTY): (651) 282-6555
DVS Office Locations
Motor Carrier Information Page
U.S. Department of Transportation Website