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Motor Vehicle Information

New-to-State vehicles

New residents have 60 days to register their vehicle or house trailer with current plates. If your registration expires in those 60 days, you must obtain Minnesota registration at the time of expiration. If you had to surrender your license plates in a previous state, you must apply for Minnesota registration immediately.

How to apply

  • In person with identification

Owners should bring

  1. Proof of Vehicle Ownership: Current title or, when the title is not available, the current registration card.
  • If the title reflects a lien and it has been paid, you may submit a lien release
  • If the title is held by a lending institution, surrender your current registration card. A Minnesota title will not be issued until you surrender the foreign state title.
  1. Completed Application to Title and Register a Motor Vehicle (PS2000).
    1. To be completed at licensing office.
      1. If the vehicle is under joint ownership, only one owner is required to sign the Minnesota application
      2. You must record the current odometer reading on your vehicle

Lessee should bring

  • Copy of the lease agreement
  • Power of attorney from the leasing company
  • The company’s Minnesota Tax ID number.

Title transfer

We suggest that buyers and sellers come into the office together. This will ensure a smooth title transfer.

Seller should bring

  • Print name and sign as seller on the title
  • List the sale price in the sales tax area on the back of the title
  • Enter the date of sale
  • Complete any disclosure statements that apply

Odometer Disclosure – Required for all vehicles except those that are ten years old or older, vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 16,000 pounds, or vehicles that are not self-propelled.

Damage Disclosure – Required for all vehicles except those that are six years old or older, and commercial vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of 26,000 pounds or more.

If a lien is listed on the title, a lien release card or notarized lien release is required for transfer. If the vehicle is a motorcycle, the engine number must be recorded on the face of the title at the time of transfer.

Before you buy

  • Make sure you have the vehicle title before taking possession
  • Make sure the owner’s name printed on the front of the title is the person selling the vehicle
  • Make sure the vehicle identification number (VIN) on the dashboard matches the number printed on the title
  • Be sure you have a signed lien release card or notarized lien release form for ALL lien holders. Total number of lien holders is listed on the title.

After you buy

All buyers must complete the assignment and application portions of the title.

  • Full name, date of birth and signature is required for all buyers
  • If there is more than one buyer, the new owners may indicate rights of survivorship by using the conjunction “OR” between their names.
  • The first owner on the application must list his/her residential address. If the post office will only deliver to a post office box, the applicant must submit a written statement stating that with the transfer.
  • Buyers must indicate whether the vehicle is subject to a security agreement (loan) and all buyers must sign the application area.
  • For motorcycles, the buyer must write the engine number on the face of the title.
  • If the vehicle is operated commercially and the gross weight is more than 10,000, a USDOT number is needed.

 

Fast track titles

Fast Track applications are accepted in our office Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

The Fast Track program guarantees production of a title within three business days for a $20 fee. Cash or personal check only. You will receive the title within 10 business days.

DISCLAIMER: DVS reserves the right to deny any expedited application.
If you have a special transfer situation, please call 763-488-6366.

Duplicate titles

A duplicate title means that the original title has been lost, mutilated or stolen and the owner had to apply for a replacement. It says, “This Duplicate Certificate of Title may be subject to the rights of a person under the original certificate.”

You must be the registered owner of the vehicle to request duplicate plates, registration or titles.

If there are no suspense flags on the vehicle record we can request a duplicate title online. Most duplicate titles can be received it in the mail in 5 – 7 business days.

Non-titled vehicles: what you need to know

  • If the vehicle has been issued a title, the transfer must take place on the title. If the title has been lost, the owner of the vehicle must obtain a duplicate.
  • If the vehicle has never been titled, the Minnesota registration card is acceptable proof of ownership.
  • Another state’s registration card is NOT acceptable proof of ownership, even if the state that issued it does not issue a title to that particular type of model year vehicle. Please refer to “No Proof of Ownership”.

Transfer of vehicle not subject to titling

The seller may assign ownership on:

  • The back of the Minnesota registration card
  • An application for Minnesota registration (PS2000)
  • A bill of sale that identifies the vehicle being sold and includes the date of sale and the name of the buyer.

All buyers must complete an application to register a motor vehicle (PS2000).

  • Full name, date of birth and signature is required for all buyers.
  • If there is more than one buyer, the new owners may indicate rights of survivorship by using the conjunction “OR” between their names.
  • The buyers must list their residential address. If the post office will only deliver to a post office box, the buyer must provide a written statement attesting to that.
  • Buyers must indicate whether the vehicle is subject to a security agreement (loan) and all buyers must sign the application area.
  • For motorcycles, the buyer must write the engine number on the face of the title.
  • If the vehicle is operated commercially and the gross weight is more than 10,000, a U.S. DOT number is required.

No proof of ownership

  • When proof of ownership cannot be established and
  • Minnesota has no record of the vehicle, and;
  • The owner is not aware of any registration or title issued in another state, the vehicle may be issued a title if certain criteria are met.

For questions call 763-488-6366.

Vehicle plates and registration

We register automobiles, trailers, motorcycles, mopeds and all DNR vehicles.

If you are the registered owner or spouse of the owner (with the same last name and address), bring in the renewal notice or the vehicle’s plate number and your driver’s license.

Due to data privacy laws, if the person is not your spouse, or is your spouse and they have a different last name or address, you will need the renewal notice or formal power of attorney. Authorization forms can be obtained from our office to be completed by the registered owner.

No changes can be made to the vehicle record without clear written authorization from the registered owner.

Important registration tax change

Beginning July 2008, Registration tax renewal bills had a “technology fee” of $1.75 added. As of July 1, 2012 the technology fee was decreased to $1.00. Beginning August 2008, the $189 and $99 registration caps were removed.

  • Registration is based on 100 percent of the vehicle’s base value during the first year of vehicle life
  • The second year is 90 percent.
  • The third year is 80 percent, and so on.
  • Registration due will not be more than what you have previously paid.
  • Minimum registration tax remains $35.

Contact us

Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

Inside City Hall
5200 85th Ave. N.
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
View map and direction to the DMV

Hours

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon

Ticket numbers will be available until close of business.
Last numbers will be served 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and noon on Saturdays.
We are unable to serve customers after close of business.

Phone and Email

763-488-6366
Contact DMV Staff

 

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