Vehicle Services

Plates and Placards

Personalizing a Plate

Where indicated, plates may be personalized with a letter/number combination of your choice. Some special plates may be ordered online. Some are available at any MVD or authorized third-party office. Other plates must be special ordered, by mail or an office. If not ordered online, you must complete a Special Plate Application. Please allow four to six weeks for processing for personalized and special order plates.

Plates may only be issued to the owner or lessee of a currently registered vehicle. If leased, but not registered in your name, a document showing you as a lessee is required.

Some plates may not be issued to large commercial vehicles (with a declared gross vehicle weight of 26,001 lbs or more). Some special plates may be issued to trailers, motorcycles and golf carts.

Some plates are issued in pairs (front and back of the vehicle) and some are issued as a single plate, depending on the plate type. See the Plate Selections below for more information. If your plate is personalized, two plates will be issued for full-size and one for small-size, regardless of the plate type.

Fees

The fee for personalization is a $25 initial application fee/$25 annual renewal (no renewal fee for personalization of a veteran plate), in addition to regular registration fees and any other special plate fee. The maximum number of characters allowed (letters and/or numbers) varies with plate type. All choices must be approved. The fee for a remake of a lost or mutilated plate is $5 plus postage/handling, if mailed.

For plates that are mailed there, is a postage and handling charge.

Please review your selection carefully. Any changes to your plate choice and/or request for refund cannot be made once we have placed the order to manufacture your plate.

Special Plate Renewal Fee

Every year, a special plate renewal fee is due at the same time as the vehicle registration. The first payment is due when your vehicle registration is next renewed, even if it has been less than 12 months since the plate was initially purchased.

If your registration expires within the next three months, you may wish to renew your registration early, before submitting the plate application, in order to avoid the first annual renewal special plate fee.

For additional information, please see our Vehicle Services FAQs.