What do I do with my license plates if I donate a car in PA? Pennsylvania

Taking Care of PA License Plates if You Donate a Car

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), if you donate a used car in Pennsylvania (PA), you must return the license plate to the PA Bureau of Motor Vehicles. PA License plates must be returned regardless of the type of charity or business that you work with to complete car donations.

The only time that you are permitted to keep PA license plates after a vehicle donation is when you transfer the license plates from the donated used cars to other vehicles that you own. To do this, visit the nearest PennDOT service center.

Complete PA Form MV-44 and submit the completed form to one of the PennDOT representatives at the service center.  You do not have to complete any other PennDOT “donate car” forms to complete the license plate transfer in PA.

If you do not want to transfer the license plate to another vehicle, after you deliver your vehicle to the charity or business and complete the car donation, remove your PA license plate from the back of your vehicle. Return your PA license plates to:

Bureau of Motor Vehicles
Return Tag Unit – 1st Floor
1101 South Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17104

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