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Guide to the Delaware DMV

delaware dmv guide

If you’re planning to move to Delaware or purchase a vehicle in the state, you will need some basic information on registering and licensing for your car.

New Registration

When bringing a car into Delaware from another state, you have sixty days to transfer your previous registration at the Delaware DMV. If you have bought a new vehicle within the state, you have 30 days from the date of purchase to register.

Before registering you will need:

  • Proof of Delaware auto insurance
  • Proof of passing a vehicle inspection

Once you have those documents, you may visit your DMV. You will have the option to register your vehicle one or two years, with the following documents:

  • A completed Certificate of Title Application (Form MV-212)
  • Your out-of-state car title or the vehicle’s signed-over title from the seller
  • A Delaware driver’s license
  • Payment for all registration and titling fees

Vehicle Inspections

The Division of Motor Vehicles performs all inspections in the state of Delaware. No fees are required for inspection. After passing an inspection, a safety technician will issue you a Certificate of Title document.

Registration Renewal

The Delaware DMV will not automatically send you a notice to renew your registration. If you want to receive a reminder, you  must register online at the DE DMV website. If your registration has already expired, the DMV will charge you a $20 late fee. It costs $40 to renew your registration at the DMV, and you are required to do so annually.


You have up to 30 days to title your vehicle in Delaware, which you must legally complete before registering your car. If you have purchased your car  from a dealership, the dealer will generally submit the titling and vehicle registration paperwork for you. The DMV recommends that the seller transfers the vehicle title to the buyer at the DMV, to ensure that the buyer obtains the proper title, and the seller is properly removed as the vehicle owner.

Driver’s License

You may obtain a Delaware driver’s license at the Wilmington, New Castle, Dover, or Georgetown DMV office. You must:

  • Surrender your out-of-state driver’s license
  • Submit proof of your legal presence in the U.S.
  • Submit proof of your Social Security number
  • Submit 2 documents proving your Delaware residential address
  • Submit proof of any name changes, where applicable
  • Pass a vision exam
  • Pass a written knowledge exam and driving test (waived if you have a valid driver’s license from out of state)
  • Pay the required fee

Auto Insurance Requirements

Delaware requires liability insurance for your vehicle. You must meet the following minimum coverage limits:

  • $15,000 per person
  • $30,000 per accident for bodily injury, if multiple people were injured
  • $10,000 per accident for property damage