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Vehicle registration

North Dakota The Motor Vehicle Department is at 855 45th St. S.W., Fargo. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The phone number is (701) 282-5070. North Dakota licenses motor vehicles by the year and weight of the vehicle; ...

North Dakota

The Motor Vehicle Department is at 855 45th St. S.W., Fargo. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The phone number is (701) 282-5070.

North Dakota licenses motor vehicles by the year and weight of the vehicle; fees vary, and licensed vehicles are initially taxed on the purchase price.

For individuals who have just moved to North Dakota and need new licensing, the bureau will require the vehicle's title, which you should have in your possession.

If the title is being held by a bank, you must supply the bureau with your registration card, account number, and the name, address and phone number of the bank.

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The bureau will then contact the bank and have them mail your title, and issue you a 30-day notary for your window. After receiving the title from the bank, the bureau will mail you license plates and tabs.

When licensing your vehicle, individuals usually only need to supply the title. There are some exceptions, though, and the bureau advises calling beforehand to find out what information is required of you.

When selling a vehicle, you must remove the license plates. You must transfer the title before you put plates on a new vehicle because the tabs will change.

The bureau can issue a 30-day sticker to individuals who have purchased a new vehicle and are waiting for the title from the previous owner. If you have traded a vehicle, bring the VIN (vehicle identification number), make and year of the trade to the bureau.

The licensing bureau typically sends out a notification when your vehicle's tabs have expired.

Individuals have the option of visiting the office or mailing in the notification with payment to receive their new tabs.

The Fargo office does not license watercraft. Individuals must contact the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in Bismarck for these licensing purposes at (701) 328-6300; www.discovernd.com/gnf .

Minnesota

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The Motor Vehicle License Bureau is at 1300 15th Ave. N., Moorhead. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The p hone number is (218) 299-5080.

Minnesota licenses vehicles by year and base values.

The bureau offers a Web site where vehicle owners can receive individual licensing fee information, www.mndriveinfo.org .

When licensing your vehicle, individuals need to supply the bureau with the title, as well as mileage and insurance information.

Car owners should have the vehicle title in their possession. If the title is being held by a bank, you must supply the bureau with your registration card and the name, address and phone number of the bank.

The bureau will issue you temporary registration until they receive the title from the bank.

Plates and tabs can be obtained directly from the bureau.

For individuals who have just moved to Minnesota, state law mandates new licensing and tabs. The bureau will require the title as documentation proof.

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When selling a vehicle, the plates stay with the car. It is advised that individuals sign off the title to the new owner at the bureau office.

New tabs do not need to be purchased if they are in-state and have not expired.

The state of Minnesota typically sends out a notification when your vehicle's tabs have expired. Individuals have the option of visiting the office or mailing in the notification with payment to receive their new tabs.

The Minnesota licensing bureau also licenses watercraft, snowmobiles, ATVs, motorcycles, trailers, motorhomes, etc. All plates and tabs can be obtained directly from the bureau office.

Individuals can also license their vehicles on the state of Minnesota Web site, www.dps.state.mn.us/dvs .

The licensing bureaus are typically busiest at the beginning and end of each month. Expect long lines. For more information, contact the licensing bureaus for your state.

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