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Motor Vehicle Glossary


A sales tax equal to 6% of the purchase price (minus trade-in if purchased from a licensed dealer), or documentation that at least 6% sales tax was paid to the state of purchase or that the vehicle was purchased at least three months prior to moving to Nez Perce County, Idaho. (The latter exemption does not apply to businesses bringing vehicles to Idaho from a non-taxing state.) A title issued in the applicant's name is sufficient documentation that tax was paid at that state's tax rate.

License Plates, Personalized

Available for vehicles not in excess of 26,000 pounds gross vehicle weight, motorhomes, and motorcycles.

Odometer Disclosure Statement

Required for any transfer of a motor vehicle less than 10 years old and under 16,000 lbs. G.V.W. Disclosure may be entered on the title if there is space for it. If not, disclosure should be made on a federally approved form.

Power of Attorney

Authorizes the County Assessor to sign the application for the owner. The Power of Attorney must fully describe the vehicle and be signed by the owner/applicant.

Registering, When

The vehicle must be titled in Idaho before it can be registered. (You can apply for vehicle registration immediately after the titling process has been completed.)

Registering, Where

You can register your vehicle(s) at any of Idaho's 44 county assessor offices and the Idaho Department of Transportation Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Headquarters, 3311 W State Street, Boise, ID 83702.

Registering, Who

Vehicles requiring registration must belong to an Idaho resident or business.

Registration Fee

(See chart for approximate fees). Since exact fees may vary, contact the county assessor in the county where the vehicle will be registered for this information.

Title (for used vehicles)

Must be properly released by the previous owner and lienholder (if any), or Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin (for new vehicles) - must be properly released by the dealer and assigned to the owner.

Title Application (optional)

Out-of-state dealers, lienholders, and leasing companies may prepare.

Title fee


Bill of Sale

Must include vehicle description, sales price, buyer's name, original signature of seller, and date.





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Office Location
1230 Main Street
Lewiston, ID 83501

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 896
Lewiston, ID 83501


Contact Us

Assessor's Office
: 208-799-3010
Fax: 208-799-3037
Office Hours
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Auto Vehicle License
: 208-799-3026
Fax: 208-799-3168
Office Hours
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM


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