Where Do I Get My License Plates for a Used Car?

If you’ve finally found a fantastic pre-owned vehicle, you’re probably ready to hit the road with it! However, if you don’t have a license plate, you won’t get very far. And waiting for your new ride to get the proper identification can be frustrating.



That’s why we’ve laid out the process to obtain license plates for a used vehicle in MO, regardless of where you purchased it. If you have any questions about how to get a license plate or buying a pre-owned vehicle, call us at or contact us below.

Did You Buy from Travers Automotive Group?

If you purchased your vehicle from Travers Automotive Group, we want to congratulate you again on your new ride! Our team of automotive specialists should have helped you with your registration, and license plates are available in our showroom, which saves you time and hassle. If you’re getting ready to purchase a vehicle, feel free to put the new plates on right here in our parking lot so you can drive home with ultimate peace of mind!

Did You Buy from Another Dealership?

If you purchased a pre-owned vehicle from another dealership, contact their team to check up on your plate if you didn’t receive one at the time of purchase and have been waiting for one to arrive by mail for two or three weeks. Keep in mind, your temporary tag is only valid for 30 days, so you’ll want to take steps to make sure you’re not driving with expired identification.

Did You Buy from a Private Party?

If you bought your vehicle from a private seller, you’re responsible for obtaining your registration and plates. Immediately after the sale, drive to your local DMV office to transfer the title and finalize your vehicle’s registration. Be sure to bring the following items:

• Title
• Loan documents
• Proof of insurance
• Inspection test
• Photo ID
• Proof of address

Upon the completion of your new vehicle’s registration, license plates will either be given to you in person or mailed to the address on your vehicle registration within two to three weeks. If you don’t receive them within this timeframe, call your DMV office.

Can I Transfer My Current License Plate?

Yes! Transferring plates is cheaper than getting all-new ones, and it’s a great option for drivers who have custom plates.

Other FAQs About License Plates for Used Vehicles

No matter what you need help with, we are here and ready to assist. From questions about a newly purchased vehicle to learning more about our pre-owned selection, we want to help you find the answers. Call us at or contact us to get in touch with a member of our team!


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