Registering a Rivian R1T Electric Pickup Truck in Idaho - Advice on Charging Setup and Protecting Your Investment
Rivian's r1t is a highly anticipated electric pickup truck that has been long awaited by many. The lucky owner of this vehicle will be receiving it tomorrow, but before they can take it home, they need to register the car with their state DMV.
When purchasing a new car in-state from an authorized dealer, registration is usually handled at the dealership. However, since Rivian is not yet available in Idaho, the owner must handle registration themselves. This includes obtaining license plates and registering the car in either their business name, or their spouse's (which may be cheaper). If the owner decides to sell the car instead of keeping it, they do not have to register it.
The owner also needs to consider how they plan on charging their r1t. Fortunately, they have relatives down the street who have a Tesla charger which should suffice for now. They plan on running 240 volts to the easement and installing a locking box for public parking outside of their house.
To protect their investment, paint protection film (PPF) is recommended as it helps keep your car looking like new despite everyday wear and tear. Rivian does offer PPF in certain high-wear areas such as around gear tunnel doors and rock panels.
Originally, an off-road package was available which included tow hooks and an underbody shield; however, these are now optional add-ons due to changes in configuration options on March 1st. Tow hooks come standard with both Adventure and Launch packages while the underbody shield can only be added during factory production - it cannot be added later.
Taxes and registration fees are usually paid through the dealership at time of pick up; however, if the owner is from another state then they may need to visit their local DMV to complete the process.
It’s always good to hear positive news about Rivian vehicles being delivered! We look forward to hearing more updates from our fellow Idaho resident about their experience with registration and charging setup for their r1t.
Is it possible to add the Reinforced Underbody Shield after purchase?
No, according to Rivian, the Reinforced Underbody Shield is a factory-only addition and cannot be added later.
Do I need to register my r1t immediately?
You don't need to register your r1t immediately, but you will need to register it eventually. You can go to your DMV and handle the registration at a later date.
Does Rivian offer paint protection for the r1t?
Rivian does offer some paint protection for the r1t in high-wear areas such as around the gear tunnel doors and rock panels.
Is the off-road package included with the Launch package?
The off-road package was what Rivian used to call the reinforced underbody shield + tow hooks. When they changed the configuration options on 1 March they split this up and made the tow hooks standard. The underbody shield is an optional add-on.
Are taxes and registration already paid through the dealership at time of pickup?
Sometimes if the owner is from another state the dealer can’t/won’t Be able to handle some of their state-specific steps and the new owner may need to visit their dmv to complete.
Is there a way to track my r1t delivery?
Yes, you can track your r1t delivery through the Rivian app. The app will provide you with real-time updates on the status of your vehicle and estimated time of arrival.
What documents do I need to bring when I pick up my r1t?
When you pick up your r1t, make sure to bring your driver’s license, proof of insurance, and any other documents that may be required by your state for registration.
How long does it take to register an r1t?
The amount of time it takes to register an r1t varies depending on the state you live in. Generally, it should take no more than a few days to complete the process.
Is there a way to expedite the registration process?
Yes, some states offer an expedited registration process. You can contact your local DMV to find out if this is an option in your state.