Frequently Asked Questions
Special Plates and Placards
You will first receive a registration and tab with your current plate number for use until you receive the new plate by mail in four to six weeks. The new plate will come with a new tab and registration.
The new tab and registration were enclosed the window portion of the envelope that contained the plates.
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 our Plates and Placards page. If your plate is personalized, two plates will be issued for full-size and one for small-size, regardless of the plate type.
Yes. For many plates, $17 of the annual special plate fee is a tax-deductible charitable donation.
No, Arizona special plates are for Arizona-registered vehicles only.
Yes, as long as the vehicle is registered in Arizona and the eligibility requirements are met.
Only for these plate types:
- Military Support / Freedom
- Purple Heart and Veteran
A Historic Vehicle plate may be ordered for a motorcycle.
Many can be personalized for an additional annual personalization fee of $25. See our Plates and Placards
Yes. If you wish to keep the same plate number, you must visit any MVD or authorized third-party office. You will be charged the usual special plate fee for the new plate type. You can not make the change online.
Many special plates offer the disability symbol option for both standard and personalized. See our Plate Selections page for more information. On a personalized plate, the available number of characters is reduced by one to accommodate for the disability symbol.
There is no extra fee charged for the disability symbol. You must pay the usual special plate fee and/or personalization fee charged for that plate type.
You may add the disability symbol to your existing plate at no extra charge. You may be charged any usual special plate and personalization fees due for that plate type. However, the disability symbol is considered one character. So, if you already have the maximum number of characters for the plate type, then the symbol can not be added.
There is no fee for a disability placard. There is also no extra charge to add a disability symbol to a special plate; you only pay the usual fee for that special plate.
Yes, in some cases. You must request the additional placard in writing and state the reason why the additional placard is needed.
Energy Efficient Plates
- To participate, you must be the registered owner of an eligible plug-in hybrid electric vehicle with valid (current) Arizona registration.
- Applications are accepted only at ServiceArizona (disability excepted).
- Applications are approved on a first come, first served basis.
Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) use batteries to power an electric motor and use another fuel, such as gasoline or diesel, to power an internal combustion engine or other propulsion source. Using electricity from the grid to run the vehicle some or all of the time reduces operating costs and petroleum consumption, relative to conventional vehicles.*
*Source: U.S. Department of Energy
|Vehicle Make and Model
||Vehicle Model Year(s)
|BMW – i3 Range Extender (REX)
|Cadillac - ELR
||2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
|Fisker Automotive Karma
|Ford C-MAX Energi
|Ford Fusion Energi
|Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid
|Porsche - Panamera S E-Hybrid
|Toyota Prius Plug-In
||2012, 2013, 2014
Only vehicle make/models that meet the current standards are eligible.
Once you receive your permanent plate, you can apply.
The program is limited to 10,000 vehicles. That number was last reached in September 2011. Since that time, approximately 1,800 vehicles that were in the program are no longer registered. The Motor Vehicle Division will be issuing approximately 1,800 plates for qualifying vehicles to bring the number back to the 10,000 maximum.
- Driving a low emissions and energy efficient vehicle helps improve air quality and reduce emissions.
- Participants have unrestricted access to the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV), or "carpool," lanes in Arizona, regardless of the number of passengers.
A qualifying vehicle must display an Energy Efficient plate with a "Hybrid" graphic.
You will need to apply for a lost plate at any MVD or Authorized Third Party office. You will receive a standard-issue plate for your vehicle until your Energy Efficient plate arrives by mail. The replacement fee is $5, plus postage and handling.
Yes. If you want a plate with a "Disability" symbol, you cannot apply online. You must instead apply by mail using the Energy Efficient Plate Application, form 96-0452. If you do not currently have a Disability plate or placard, you must also include a Disability – Hearing Impaired Plate/Placard Application, form 96-0104.
No. Due to the limited quantity available for this program, these plates cannot be personalized.
Yes, but only to another qualifying plug-in hybrid electric vehicle that is currently registered to the same owner.