New License Plate Law – What You Need to Know

The new license plate law known as “Keep Tag OK” goes into effect on July 1, 2019. When you sell your car the license plate stays with the person, not the vehicle.

If you purchase a car from an individual, they will take their license plate and you will have five days to get your tag, unless you have a plate of your own. You will still have 30 days to register your vehicle without penalties, but you cannot drive the vehicle without a plate after five days of purchase. During the five-day period, you must keep a copy of the bill of sale or the assigned title with you in your vehicle.

A requirement under the new law will be to carry your Certificate of Registration in your car with you at all times. This is what you receive when you register your vehicle and again annually when it renews.

If you buy a new vehicle from a dealership, you will still receive a paper tag and have 30 days to get the tag and title transferred into your name. You will have the choice to place your old license plate on your new vehicle after it has been registered or purchase a new one.

You are eligible for a transfer credit if your license plate has not expired, but you will not be able to change the expiration date if a credit is applied. The credited amount will be applied to your new registration for any amount of time remaining. Keep in mind, every tag is assigned to a specific vehicle, so you will not be able to move the plate back and forth between cars.

Find out more by going to the Oklahoma Tax Commission website, your local tag agency or by clicking here.