You can only transfer private number plates to a car registered in your own name. If you plan to sell your car or give it away as a gift, it is necessary to remove the plates and surrender them to your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). If you keep the plates after selling or giving away your car, your driver’s license may be suspended. In case you want to transfer the plate to another vehicle registered in your name, you have to follow the procedure of vehicle registration transfer.
Remove the number plate from the vehicle and take it to your state’s DMV. Tell them that you want to transfer the registration and vehicle plates to another vehicle that you will register in your name. The DMV office will then issue a receipt that you will use for transferring the registration.
Register the new vehicle. Take the transfer receipt to the DMV office. The DMV office will then tell you how to register the vehicle. Each state’s laws are different. For instance, if you are in New York, you will need to bring proof of vehicle ownership, identity, and sales tax payment or exemption. The DMV will then analyse your application.
Pay the registration fee, sales tax, title certificate fee, automobile use tax and the fee for transferring vehicle plates. The fees depend on the vehicle and the respective DMV’s fee structure. For instance, the NY DMV charges you £6, as of 2010, for vehicle registration and 60p for transferring vehicle plates. You can then transfer the number plates to the new vehicle after it is registered.