Registering Your Vehicles FAQ

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For more information, see Registering Your Vehicles in Utah.

I just moved to Utah. How do I get a Utah registration and how long do I have?

New residents to Utah are allowed 60 days to transfer titles and registrations. To do this, you will need the existing title (unless held by a lien holder as collateral in a financing agreement) and the most recent registration. See Vehicle Inspections to find out if your vehicle needs a safety and/or emissions inspection.

All vehicles that are titled or registered in Utah for the first time are required to complete a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) inspection. Form TC-661, Certificate of Inspection must be completed by a DMV employee, designated contractor, peace officer, licensed dealer, or a certified safety inspector. Note that this may be completed by a DMV employee at the time of registration.

I need extra time for my inspections. How do I get a temporary permit?

A 15-day temporary permit is available when your vehicle registration has or is about to expire and extra time is needed to pass the inspections. The fee for this permit is $6.00. All registration fees must be paid at the time the permit is issued. For more information, see Vehicle Inspections andTemporary Permits.

How do I replace a lost registration, license plate, or decal?

Registration certificates, license plates, and decals are all easily replaced by visiting your local DMV office. No special forms are needed, though a small fee may apply. See Replacing Plates, Decals, Registrations, Titles, or Placards for more information.

I recently changed addresses. How do I update the address on my registrations?

The easiest way to update your address is to use the Motor Vehicle Portal (MVP). You can also call the DMV at 801-297-7780 or 1-800-368-8824 or visit your local DMV office.

My registration is about to expire. Why didn’t I receive a renewal notice?

Registration renewal postcards have been discontinued and will no longer be mailed. Renewal reminders are available by email. To continue receiving registration renewal reminders, sign up for an email renewal reminder here.

My registration is about to expire. Do I need an emissions inspection this year?

You can access your registration renewal information and calculate the fees, by clicking here. A general rule of thumb is that vehicles with even model years are required to pass an emissions inspection in even years, and vehicles with odd model years in odd years. For complete information, however, see Vehicle Inspections.

I need to request a refund of fees that I paid. How do I do that?

To request a refund of fees paid to the DMV, visit Utah’s Motor Vehicle Portal. See Request a Refund for more information, including circumstances in which a refund may be granted.

I just bought a vehicle. How much sales tax will I need to pay?

Sales and use tax is based on the purchase price. The purchase price includes any value of the consideration given. Consideration includes cash payments, loan payoffs, and trades. Trades are only allowed for a vehicle-to-vehicle trade and must take place at the same time and must be documented in the same transaction. All other trades are valued and are subject to tax. Because the rate varies from city to city, see Utah Sales & Use Tax Rates to find your local sales tax rate. Multiply the rate by the purchase price to calculate the sales tax amount.