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Guide to the Idaho DMV

idaho dmv guide

If you’re new to Idaho, or have recently purchased a car, here are some things you need to know about registration and licensing.

New Registration

In Idaho, you must title your car before you register it. You must register within 90 days of moving to the state.

In order to complete a new registration, you will need the following documents:

  • Your current vehicle registration certificate from your prior state
  • Your driver’s license and Social Security number
  • Proof of address/residency
  • Proof of a VIN inspection
  • Payment for your registration fees

Idaho vehicle registration fees are based on the age of your vehicle and the county in which you reside. Passenger vehicles one to two years old are $69, and three to six years old are $57.

Vehicle Inspections

The state of Idaho requires vehicles to undergo emissions testing every two years. After you register your vehicle or renew your vehicle’s registration, you’ll receive notice for your emissions test. You can also use the state’s test lookup tool to check whether your vehicle is due to be tested. You may then bring your car to an official Idaho testing station and pay the $11 fee, as well as provide the requisite paperwork. This may vary by station, so it’s wise to all ahead.

Registration Renewal

Idaho permits you to renew your registration online in many counties. You will need your driver’s license and valid identification. You can also renew in-person at the DMV.


If you’ve purchased your car within three months of moving to Idaho you will have to pay use tax. You can transfer an out-of-state title at your local DMV with the following documents:

If you bought your car from an Idaho dealer, they will prepare an application for title on your behalf and file it with the DMV. They will also collect sales tax at the close of sale.

Driver’s License

To get a driver’s license in Idaho, you have to provide the following to the Idaho DMV:

  • Proof of your Idaho residence (rental agreement, utility bill, etc.)
  • Proof of your identity (birth certificate, passport, etc.)
  • Proof of your lawful presence in the U.S. (permanent residence card, citizenship certificate, etc.)
  • Proof of your name change if applicable
  • Payment for the requisite fees

If you have an out-of-state driver’s license, you have 90 days to get it converted. Once you pass a vision screening and have your photo taken, you will probably have to relinquish your out-of-state license. The fee for a license if you are over 21 years old is $55, and it will be valid for eight years.

Auto Insurance Requirements

Idaho requires liability insurance must include the following minimum coverage limits:

  • $25,000 bodily injury per person
  • $50,000 for bodily injury per accident, if multiple people were injured
  • $15,000 for property damage per accident
  • $25,000/$50,000 uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage