Whether it’s a first car for your teen or a bigger van to haul a soccer team, KSL Cars has a vehicle to match your needs. Once you find the perfect fit, congratulate yourself for making a great deal. But before the car officially belongs to you, you’ll need to register it in your name. We explain how to transfer a car title in Idaho in just a few quick steps.

What you’ll need

When you purchase a vehicle from a private seller, you’re responsible for filing documents with the county assessor’s motor vehicle office. This should be done within 30 days.

Idaho transfer title fees

When you register your newly purchased vehicle in Idaho, you’ll be charged a 6% sales tax on the sale price and a $14 title fee. There is also a registration fee, based on the vehicle’s age and type, as well as your county of residence.


Basic annual registration fees for passenger vehicles vary based on the model year.

  • 1-2 years old: $69
  • 3-6 years old: $57
  • 7 years or older: $45

Electric vehicles

  • Electric: Additional $140
  • Plug-in hybrid: Additional $75

Verify the title

The seller must provide the vehicle title to the buyer. As a buyer, be sure the information on it is correct.

  • Match the seller’s name with the one listed on the title
  • Verify the VIN, located on the driver-side door jamb or on the dashboard
  • Verify the odometer mileage
  • Verify the purchase price and sale date 
  • Check that the seller has signed the title

Missing title

If the title has been lost or is no longer legible, the seller may apply for a duplicate title. There is a $14 fee. To apply for one, the seller must complete the Duplicate Idaho Title Application and have their signature notarized or witnessed by an Idaho Transportation Department employee.

Out-of-state title

The basic requirements to register a vehicle that was purchased out of state are the same as an in-state purchase. You will also need to bring the vehicle to the county Assessor’s DMV Office for a VIN inspection and pay a $5 fee.

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