Minnesota Vehicle Registration

4DMV.com provides you with all of the vehicle registration information you need to register your vehicle in the state of Minnesota. Don’t waste time at the DMV!

You must complete the vehicle registration process in order to legally drive your car in the state of Minnesota; otherwise, you will accumulate numerous costly tickets. 4DMV.com has compiled all the information and forms you need to quickly and conveniently complete your vehicle registration.

First-Time Vehicle Registration in MN

When is first time vehicle registration in Minnesota necessary? In any of the following circumstances:

  • Your vehicle is a new purchase- whether new or used
  • Your vehicle was gifted to you, or you inherited it
  • You have just moved to Minnesota – and you will have a 60-day grace period to register your vehicle
  • You own a vehicle that you have never registered
Not all vehicle registration requirements are all the same. Automobiles and trucks have one standard and vehicles such as commercial vehicles, RVs, boats and so on require a different process. Visit our special vehicle registration resource section to learn more.


Insurance is a must, and the state of Minnesota requires that you carry the proper amount of liability insurance. The amount set by MN is a minimum amount, and each vehicle owner is entitled to purchase higher amounts. To get state-specific insurance information and free quotes for the best deals on insurance, visit 4DMV.com’s Insurance Center.

Getting Your MN Vehicle Registration Paperwork Together

If you visited a dealership to purchase your vehicle, the vehicle registration and titling will be completed by the dealer. If you purchase your vehicle used, from a private party, you will be the person responsible for completing its registration.

The following vehicle registration documentation is required:

  1. Title to your vehicle.
  2. Minnesota registration application.
  3. Proof of Insurance.
  4. Proof of Identity.

Calculate Minnesota Vehicle Registration Fees

With your vehicle registration, you will be responsible for various fees, which include:

  • First time vehicle registration tax
  • Sales tax
  • Wheelage tax
To help you calculate your fees, which you will need to add to the cost of your vehicle registration, visit Minnesota’s state fees page.

License Plates

Minnesota drivers are able to purchase customized or personalized license plates for their vehicles, which cost an additional fee. If not, then standard fees will be issued at the time of your vehicle registration with tags that you must affix to your plates.

If your vehicle is a used vehicle, the plates on the vehicle will remain.

Get a MN Tax Deduction

Tax deductions are granted in some cases. To find out if you qualify for a tax deduction on a portion of your vehicle registration fees, call the IRS