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ITD expands online plate renewal

An expanded selection of license plates can be renewed via the Internet at .

Registrations (with an expiration date of December 2003 or later) that can be renewed online include the following license plates: Amateur Radio, Disabled Plates, Disabled Veteran, Medal of Honor, Military Reservist, National Guard, Pearl Harbor, all Personalized Plates (all programs), Former Prisoner of War, Purple Heart, Street Rod, Veteran and Year-of-Manufacture. The Disabled Veteran plate is exempt from renewal fees and special charges.

Until now, online registration renewal applied only to cars, passenger trucks, motorcycles, trailers and recreational vehicles with the standard red, white and blue plates or any of the 33 specialty plates (forestry, wildlife, education, etc.).

The renewal program is limited to Ada County residents, who must log-in securely using their plate number and a four-digit PIN provided on a reminder postcard from ITD. More counties are expected to follow soon.

Under Idaho Code, county assessors process new and renewed vehicle registrations while ITD maintains the records.

The Internet service does not renew registrations for Boats, Off-Road or Snowmobile stickers, or for Classic, Dealer, Exempt, Legislative, Loaner, Old-Timer, Repossession or Transporter license plates.

Since no tax dollars were used to develop and maintain the service, a $1 convenience fee paid by users covers the cost. Renewal fees can be paid using Visa or MasterCard through the state’s secure payment portal. Motorists can expect new paperwork and decals within 10 days (21 days for special plate renewals that require a new plate).

New and used car buyers still need to visit a county assessor’s office for initial registration.