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License Plates used by Minnesota Motor Vehicle Dealers.
Types of Dealer License Plates
Standard Dealer License Plate
Vehicle In-transit License Plate
Issued to licensed dealers to be used for transporting vehicles from dealer's source of supply to dealer's sales or storage facility, or to another dealer
Drive Away In-transit (Transporter) License Plate
Issued to licensed drive away contractors (Persons or firms engaged in the business of transporting motor vehicles under their own power).
Manufacturer Demonstration Plate
Issued to motor vehicle manufacturers for cold weather testing of motor vehicles in Minnesota.
Double Plate IssueAll 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 Registrar for assistance in determining registration tax or email DVS at DVS.firstname.lastname@example.org
Minnesota Statute 168.002 subd. 6
Minnesota Statute 168.27
Minnesota Statute 168.053
Minnesota Statute 168.25
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.email@example.comPhone:Motor Vehicles: (651) 297-2126Dealer Unit: (651) 296-2977Digital License Plates: (651) 284-3896Office Locations: (651) 297-2005Assistance for Hearing Impaired Callers (TDD/TTY): (651) 282-6555
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