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Personalized and Special Interest License Plates

Who can get these plates?

Anyone who has a currently registered California auto, truck, trailer, or motorcycle may order these license plates. Motorcycle plates are not yet available for all special interest plate programs.

What license plates are available and how much do they cost?

Special Interest License Plates have a special graphic design depicting an image related to the organization's interest. They are available with configurations of numbers, letters, or both, which have been personally chosen by the applicant (personalized), or are standard issue configurations (sequential). Environmental License Plates are the standard California plates, which do not have graphics, and are only available with personalized configurations. View available plates

What documents are required?

Special interest license plates may be obtained by ordering Personalized Plates online or submitting a completed Special Interest License Plate Application to the DMV at the address on the bottom of the form. You will need the information from your registration card to order online or to fill out the Special Interest License Plate Application.

Where do the fees go?

Special Interest License Plates require extra fees that are used to support programs pertinent to each organization's interest.

How long does it take to get the plates?

Personalized plates will be available about 8-12 weeks after they are ordered online or the completed Special Interest License Plate Application is received by DMV. You will be notified by mail when your personalized plates are ready for pick up. Sequential license plates will be mailed directly to you at the address on your DMV vehicle record; you should receive them in approximately 4-6 weeks.

How do I know if the personalized configuration I want is available?

You can check Personalized Plates online to find out if a specific personalized configuration has been taken. The department has the right to refuse any combination of letters and/or letters and numbers that may carry connotations offensive to good taste and decency, or which would be misleading or in conflict with any license plate series now issued. Substituting numbers for letters or vice versa may be confused with an existing plate and is not permitted.

How do I reassign a plate to another vehicle, retain a plate for future use, or release interest in a plate?

Complete a Special Interest License Plate Application indicating that you want to reassign the plates to another vehicle, hold the plates for future use, or release interest in the plates. If you are retaining the plates for future use, most plate programs require an annual retention fee. The retention fees vary by type of plate and are listed on the second page of the application. Failure to pay this annual fee will result in cancellation of the plate and possible reassignment of the configuration.

Can I move my personalized configuration to a different kind of plate?

Yes. Complete the Special Interest License Plate Application indicating that you are requesting a conversion. The conversion fees vary by type of plate and are listed on the second page of the application.

How do I get a replacement plate if mine is lost, stolen, or mutilated?

Complete the Special Interest License Plate Application The next available plate will replace sequential configurations; personalized plates will be duplicated. If both personalized plates are lost or stolen, the same plate cannot be reissued; you must make another personalized plate choice. The substitute/duplicate fees vary by type of plate and are listed on the second page of the application.

Will I be able to give these plates as a gift?

Yes. You may give a Special Interest License Plate as a gift. Order Personalized Plates online or submit a Special Interest License Plate Application to the DMV at the address on the bottom of the form.

Are there any other Special License Plates available?

Yes. There are Amateur Radio, Antique Motorcycle, Congressional Medal of Honor, Historical Vehicle, Honorary Consul, Horseless Carriage, Legion of Valor, Pearl Harbor Survivor, Purple Heart Recipient, Press Photographer and Year of Manufacture License Plates. These plates require the Special License Plate Application, require proof or documentation, and cannot be ordered online. Also, there are Personalized Livery and American Ex-Prisoner of War License Plates that require the Special Interest License Plate Application, and cannot be ordered online.