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After you buy a car and get car insurance, your next step is to get your Wyoming license plates. 

Your Wyoming license plate number consists of a unique set of characters that associate your vehicle with:

  • Your current registration status and details. 
  • Your name and address.
  • Information about the vehicle itself.  

Like the VIN number, the license plate number is another unique identifier of your vehicle. 

Whether you’re getting the standard sequential plates or custom license plates, the process is basically the same. 

And then after you’ve got your new plates you’ll need to make sure to keep them up to date and renew your car tags each year.  

We’ve compiled all the information you’ll need to make it easy to get license plates for your vehicle in Wyoming.

Looking for more information about your vehicle (or a vehicle you’re interested in)? Check out our free Wyoming license plate lookup and our VIN Decoder. 

Plus, we’ve got plenty of resources for buying and selling vehicles, get started here:

How to Get a License Plate in Wyoming

When you buy a new or used vehicle in Wyoming, you’ll first need to transfer ownership into your name.

If you’ve bought a car from a dealership, they’ll typically take care of this process for you

But, if you’ve purchased a car from a private seller, you’ll be responsible for completing the process through the DMV.  

Once the title is transferred into your name, you’ll be ready to register the vehicle and get your new license plates. In most cases, you’ll be able to take care of these steps all at once. 

You’ll need to transfer the title and get your new plates within 45 days. 

To complete the transaction and get your new license plate, you’ll need to visit your local county treasurer’s office. 

To get new license plates in Wyoming, you’ll typically need to:

  • Provide proof of ownership for the vehicle you need plates for. 
  • Complete an application for a new Wyoming registration.
  • Complete a VIN inspection, depending on the type of vehicle and if you bought it out of state. 
  • Complete any necessary vehicle safety and emissions inspections. 
  • Provide proof of car insurance and/or have an active policy for the vehicle that meets Wyoming’s minimum insurance requirements. 
  • Have paid all necessary state, local, sales and use taxes. 
  • Pay your initial registration and license plate fees. 

In some cases, you may receive your new license plates on the spot. In other cases, your new plates will be mailed to you within about 2 to 3 weeks. 

After you’ve received your new Wyoming tags, you’ll need to install them. Learn how to remove and install license plates with this simple guide. 

Be sure to mount them properly and affix the necessary car tags to the plate. 

How much will my car tag cost in Wyoming?

The exact cost of your car tags will depend on the type of vehicle you have, the type of license plates, and where you live. 

Registration and plate fees in Wyoming may include:

  • Annual state fees:
    • Passenger vehicles: $30
    • Truck plates: $30 to $90. 
    • Electric vehicles: $200.
  • Sales tax: 6% of purchase price plus state and local taxes. 
  • Prestige and specialty plates: $30

Does Wyoming require a front license plate?

Yes, a front license plate is required in Wyoming. 

Learn more about front license plate requirements here. 

Where do you place the car tag in Wyoming?

The car tag is placed on both the front and rear plates. 

Failing to keep your plates and car tags valid, up-to-date, and properly mounted can result in a ticket. (What are car tags?)

Wyoming License Plate Renewal 

In order to continue driving legally, you’ll need to make sure that your car insurance policy is current and your car tags are renewed. 

Renewing your license plates in Wyoming is a simple process. You’ll typically have the option of renewing your plates:

  • In person at your local county treasurer’s office. 
  • Online (in some counties).
  • By mail (in some counties).

For any  license plate renewal eligibility questions, you should refer to your renewal notice or contact the Wyoming DMV. 

To make sure you’re able to renew your Wyoming license plates, you should have the following information and items ready:

  • Your current registration card and/or license plate renewal notice. 
  • Your Wyoming registration number/license plate number. 
  • Your vehicle’s VIN. (Where to find the VIN?)
  • Your current address. 
  • Your driver’s license number. 
  • Your current car insurance policy details
  • Payment for your license plate renewal fees. 

Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Damaged License Plate in Wyoming

Remember, in order to drive legally, you’ll need to display your valid, up-to-date license plates on your vehicle. 

If your plates have been lost, stolen, or damaged, you’ll want to be sure to replace them as soon as possible. 

In the case of a stolen license plate, be sure to contact your local law enforcement office to file a police report first. Learn more about what to do if your license plate is stolen here. 

In Wyoming, you’ll typically be able to replace your license plates in person at your local county office. 

In order to get replacement license plates or stickers, you’ll typically need to provide:

  • Your full name, driver’s license number, and address to prove your identity
  • Your license plate number and registration details. 
  • Payment for the replacement fee. 

Types of License Plates in Wyoming

There are a variety of different types of license plates to choose from in Wyoming. 

The types of available plates include:

  • Standard passenger plates. 
  • Trucks. 
  • Commercial plates. 
  • Trailers. 
  • Motorcycles. 
  • Prestige plates.
  • Specialty plates. 
  • Personalized plates. 

Specialty plate fees benefit the organization associated with the plate design. Available especially plates include:

  • Prestige Plates 
  • Radio Amateur
  • Former POW
  • Pearl Harbor Survivor
  • Disabled Veteran
  • National Guard
  • Purple Heart Recipient
  • Firefighter
  • EMT
  • University of Wyoming
  • Veteran Plates
  • Embossed Plates    
  • Gold Star Plates
  • Choice Disabled Veteran Plates
  • Tribal Plates
  • Wildlife Conservation Plates

In Wyoming, your license plate number is preceded by a county prefix. They are numbered as follows:

License # PrefixWyoming County
1Natrona
2Laramie
3Sheridan
4Sweetwater
5Albany
6Carbon
7Goshen
8Platte
9Big Horn
10Fremont
11Park
12Lincoln
13Converse
14Niobrara
15Hot Springs
16Johnson
17Campbell
18Crook
19Uinta
20Washakie
21Weston
22Teton
23Sublette

For more information about Wyoming license plates as well as official forms, fees, and details, check out the state’s website at the following link: https://www.dot.state.wy.us/home/titles_plates_registration.html