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Idaho is perhaps best known for its famous potatoes; however, the vast expanses of countryside and the friendliness of the people that live here make it a powerful draw for those trying to get away to steal some time for rest and relaxation. Long drives on winding scenic roads make for a fabulous get-away; however, you are going to need your own vehicle to do it, necessitating the need for Idaho auto transport.

Cost & Time To Ship Your Car Examples

Shipping To/FromCostDistanceEstimated Time
In Transit
Boise to Portland$430430 miles2 – 4 days
Seattle to Boise$378504 miles2 – 4 days
Boise to San Francisco$480640 miles3 – 5 days
Phoenix to Idaho$695926 miles3 – 5 days
Idaho to Texas$8631439 miles4 – 6 days
Illinois to Idaho$9711618 miles5 – 7 days
Indianapolis to Idaho$10911819 miles5 – 7 days
Idaho to Detroit$11651942 miles5 – 7 days
Boise to Pennsylvania$11462291 miles6 – 8 days
Massachusetts to Idaho$10522630 miles7 – 9 days

*Prices and times are estimated. They can vary depending on the season and what type of vehicle you are shipping.

Tips For Handling Idaho Car Transport Companies

When you are looking to book Idaho auto shipping services, keep a few key tips in mind.

  • Make sure the company has an office/depot in your area of the state:  Since Idaho doesn’t have the large metropolises of some other states, when you choose an Idaho auto shipping company, make sure there is an office or depot nearby the area where you plan to pick-up or drop off your vehicle for shipping.
  • Prep your car if it is traveling a long distance: If you plan to take your car over a fairly long distance for shipping, then make sure all fluids have been stocked up, there is at least enough gas to get you where you need to go upon picking up the car and check your tires for good air pressure. The last thing you want to do is get stuck in the middle of nowhere.
  • Choose an Idaho vehicle shipping company that offers your chosen method of transport: If you’ve got a custom or classic vehicle, for example, then you need a company that offers some kind of enclosed transport to preserve the look of your vehicle during transport.

Idaho, in all of its mountainous, land-locked glory, has plenty to see for those that want an escape from the big city and a return to something more simple and natural. Seeing this state by car is one of the best ways to appreciate its beauty.

Visit the Idaho Department of Transportation website for more information on shipping your automobile to Idaho.

Long Distance Auto Transport to/from Idaho

A1 Auto Transport ships cars throughout the US and to other countries as well. To book a transport, call us directly. Let our staff know where you’re taking the car and from where, as well as your budget and any special requirements.

There are several options to choose from for your auto shipment, each with its pros and cons. For example, using an open carrier will reduce costs, but delay the shipment. While enclosed carriers are preferred for their speed and increased safety, unless it’s for an emergency or to transport an expensive vehicle, they’re rarely used due to the higher price. Consult with our staff regarding these options and choose whichever fits your situation best.

Shipping Luxury and Classic Cars in Idaho

If you’re shipping luxury cars to Idaho, one option is to do it with enclosed auto carriers. An open trailer can move multiple vehicles at a reduced cost, but an enclosed carrier provides additional security to exotic and vintage automobiles. Since the vehicles are covered and carried individually or in pairs, there’s a lower risk of weather exposure or damage due to bumps or scratches.

Your antique or luxury cars will arrive sooner when shipped in enclosed carriers, as drivers are not required to take detours to unload other cars. It also conceals the cargo’s value and reduces the likelihood of theft. Despite the higher cost, an enclosed auto carrier offers extra protection when shipping luxury vehicles to Idaho or across states.

Idaho Special Discounts

Because certain times of the year are busier than others, you can benefit from our seasonal discounts if you transport your car in a less busy month. You can also cut down on costs if you’re military personnel, a student, or a senior. We’ve prepared discounts for each of these classes to make shipping your vehicle easier.

Services And Information

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Idaho Auto Transport Companies Directory

Coast to Coast Auto Transport

This shipping company provides shipping services around the West Coast for those that need to get a vehicle moved for affordable prices and in a hurry.

2440 North Locust Grove Road, Kuna, ID 83634


Coast to Coast Auto Transport

All My Sons Moving & Storage

From moving your vehicle, van, SUV, trucks, motorcycle, boats to moving your stuff, this Boise-based logistics company has got you covered and with a record of excellent customer service as well. BBB accredited business, check their online reviews from past customers.

2240 South Cole Road, Boise, ID 83709


All My Sons

D&J Auto Transport

These shippers can move just about vehicle type to anywhere in the United States nationwide to wherever your destination is, and also delivering local moving haul needs as well. Offers door to door delivery, enclosed and open-air auto transport carriers. One of the best in the industry. Visit their website, call or email them today for a free quote.

1433 E. Commercial Ave., Meridian, ID


Car Registration in Idaho

In order to register vehicles in Idaho, you must present the title, car insurance, identity proof and payment of the registration fee at the local office of the DMV.

The process also requires you to submit an application for registration and an inspection certificate after having your VIN inspected.

If you simply want to renew your license plates, you must inquire on the Idaho Registration Renewal process.

Take note that different fees and registration requirements might apply to some vehicle types, as for example motorhomes, RVs, and vehicles for all terrains.

Vehicle Registration for New Idaho Residents

The Division of Motor Vehicles requires you, as a newly established Idaho resident, to perform the registration of your vehicle within the first 3 months of your residency.

Note: The car must be previously titled before registration. You can save time by performing both the titling and registration processes within a single trip to the office. However, make sure to get informed on the titling requirements of the Idaho DMV office.

Any county motor vehicle assessor can help you register, as long as you are present in person at their office and have your car insurance proof with an Idaho licensed insurance provider. Be wary of the minimum requirements when signing your insurance policy:

  • $25,000 minimum insurance for one person’s injury or even death.
  • $50,000 minimum insurance for two or more persons’ injury or even death.
  • $15,000 minimum insurance for property destruction or property damage.

Idaho Car Registration Requirements

In order to obtain your vehicle registration document from the local Idaho office, you must present:

  • Your current certificate of vehicle registration;
  • Your social security number and driver’s license;
  • Proof of residency;
  • Certificate of a VIN inspection;
  • Proof of having paid the registration fees;
    • You will be able to opt between making the registration for 1 or for 2 years. For a 2-year registration, you will have to pay twice the amount of the fee.

Dealership-purchased vehicles: Car dealerships usually submit the vehicle titling and documents for registration on behalf of their Idaho customers.

Private party-purchased Vehicles

After purchasing a car, the state of Idaho gives you 30 days in order to title the vehicle. It is required to have your car titled before applying for registration. Both the titling and registration must be applied for in person.

To title a new car, you must present the following documents:

  • A copy of the form 3337 ITD – Application for Title Certificate completed in full.
  • A copy of the form 3403 ITD for Vehicle Identification No. Inspection Certification completed in full.
    • Inspections can be performed by one of the authorized agents at the office, a representative of the Transportation Department, or by the local authorities.
  • For vehicles below 16,000 pounds and newer than 10 years, an odometer reading is mandatory.
  • Proof of an active car insurance policy with an Idaho licensed insurance provider.
  • Your ID card or driver’s license issued by the state of Idaho.
  • Payment proof for the fees for the car title and sales tax.

After having titled the vehicle in your own name, you must present:

  • The vehicle’s title.
  • Your ID card or driver’s license issued by the state of Idaho.
  • Proof of an active car insurance policy with an Idaho licensed insurance provider.
  • Proof of payment for the fees of vehicle registration in Idaho (for either 1 or two years, as per your choice).
    • Please take note that the requirements for automobile registration don’t change if the vehicle was received as a gift.

How to Transfer the Registration of a Vehicle in the state of Idaho?

You can transfer your registration between two vehicles that you own in the state of Idaho by visiting the office with the following documents:

  • The title of the vehicles;
    • To transfer your plates to a brand-new car, make sure to submit the pink sheet of the title documentation submitted by the dealership.
  • The plates;
  • Proof of payment for the fee of plate transfer.

Registration of Vehicles from Outside of Idaho or from the Military

There are some special situations when you can register your vehicle through Idaho DMV by mail and not in person. That’s when you’re living out of state temporarily for military service, school, or work.

If that’s the case, you should gather and submit the following:

  • A title fully completed or a bill of sale;
  • The form ITD 3403 for Hull or Vehicle Identification No. Inspection Certification
    • This form can be filled out by any DMV agent or law enforcement officer from the state where the car is located.
  • The odometer reading for vehicles newer than 10 years and below 16,000 pounds.
  • The form 3368 ITD that will allow the Assessor to represent the owner and sign the documents for you.
  • Proof of insurance and your driver’s license in copy.
  • Proof of payment of the registration fees, title fee, and sales tax.

Fees of Vehicle Registration in Idaho

For passenger cars of 8,000 pounds and under, the vehicle registration fees in Idaho are annual, subjected by the county, and noted according to residence and the vehicle’s age.

  • Passenger vehicles of 1 – 2 years old: Fee of $69.
  • Passenger vehicles of 3 – 6 years old: Fee of $57.
  • Passenger vehicles of 7 years old or more: Fee of $45.
  • Motorcycles: Fee of $25.
  • Electric vehicles: extra fee of $140.
  • Hybrid plug-in cars: extra fee of $75.
  • Automobile trailers for recreation: beginning with $4.
  • Title fees: Approx. $21.
    • The offices of county assessors for motor vehicles accept checks or cash.
    • The annual fee must be doubled if you want to register your vehicle for 2 years.

Inspections of Idaho Vehicles

VIN inspections: You must submit your vehicle to a VIN inspection when you register your car for the first time in Idaho. This inspection can be prior completed by a local representative of the law enforcement, by an agent of the Transportation Department of Idaho, or you can have it done during registration.

Emissions inspections: Idaho state authorities conduct emissions test in order to check for improper emissions that could affect the quality of the air. Residents of some parts of the state must subject to testing. This is mandatory every 2 years.

You will be notified by mail when the testing is due. DOT is due to revoke Idaho car registrations for owners that ignore the testing.

License plates in Idaho: Idaho license plates can have a standard style or one of the specialized plate styles. You can choose your Idaho license plate style when you apply for a car registration certificate.

In order to change a damaged, lost or stolen license plate, you must present the following to any DMV office in the county:

  • The car registration document,
  • Check or cash for the plates fee.

Other Idaho Resources – official government website for the state of Idaho.

Idaho Wikipedia Page – everything you need to know about the state of Idaho.

University Of Idaho – Since 1889, the University of Idaho has been a place that expects more from itself, more from its students, more from knowledge and more from life.

Idaho On Craigslist – local classifieds and forums for jobs, housing, for sale, personals, services, local community, and events.

Joe Webster

Written by Joe Webster

Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

Reviews from Customers in Idaho

  • Got my car shipped to Idaho and am really pleased with the experience. Joe was always just a phone call away and made sure everything went smoothly behind the scene.

    He found a place just a couple minutes away from where I live to squeeze a truck in for the pickup and delivered it at my doorstep in Idaho. How he managed to squeeze in through the roads near my house is honestly a mystery.

    I checked my car before handing it over and once more when it arrived. There wasn’t a single extra scratch on it. The driver was of the same mindset as me it seemed, since he also checked it with me and even took pictures.

    I am very happy with the service I received and would definitely recommend A1 Auto Transport to anyone who needs to move a car. Thank you Joe!

    - Brandon Z.
  • I was asked by my partner to call A1 Auto Transport, though I was hesitant to speak with call center agents since I had bad experiences with them. Believe me, I find it really stressful to deal with them.

    Some would even tell you things you want to hear just to make you get off the phone, but they won’t fulfil their promises. When I spoke with A1 about getting a car to Idaho, I was thinking it was going to be the same experience, but I was surprised. Their way of communication was entirely different. It was a seamless process.

    This made me think being a valued client can still be felt. My partner even thanked me since all his requests were processed the way he wanted. He thought I was assertive enough, since his requests were so specific. A1 Auto Transport made it easy for me. Can’t think of any complaints.

    - Lauren N.

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