Search thousands of topics on CostHelper

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business sports weddings
CostHelper > Cars  > Vanity License Plate

Vanity License Plate Cost


How Much Does a Vanity License Plate Cost?

 
low costRenewal Costs: $0-$80average costTypical Initial Fees: $5-$100

Every vehicle on public roads must be registered in its owner's state of residence and have a metal or plastic plate attached with an officially-issued identification code, typically a combination of six to eight letters and numbers. The state creates standardized license plates that are then randomly assigned to newly registered vehicles. However, states get additional revenue by charging fees to let vehicle owners choose their own phrase, word or combination of letters and numbers; these customized messages can be put on a specially designed plate that shows support for a particular college or university, military personnel, charitable group or other organization.

Typical costs:

  • Each state regulates the designs of its specialty plates and the customized messages allowed. Fees and requirements vary, but typically there is an initial fee of $5-$100 or more for a personalized or specialty plate, plus an annual renewal charge of $0-$80 or more.
  • For example, California has an initial fee of $20-$50 and a $15-$40 renewal fee for a specialty plate image with a standard plate number[1] or a $49-$98 initial cost and a $38-$78 renewal fee for a specialty plate image and customized license plate number[2] .
  • New Hampshire[3] charges $40 a year for a customized license plate number; $38 initially and $30 a year for a special image with a Moose logo; $85 initially and $30 a year for special plate image for park conservation with a maximum of four characters.
  • Some states charge more or auction off highly desirable personalized plates. Texas[4] estimates its specialty plates can cost $30-$795, depending on the plate design and how long it is valid (up to 10 years).
Related articles: Auto Detailing, Painting a Car, Car Alarm Installation, Chrome Wheels, Window Tinting

What should be included:
  • Each state dictates the letters, numbers, spaces and special characters allowed for customized license plates, and prohibit potentially obscene or offensive messages. For example, Iowa[5] allows up to seven characters and numbers, with no punctuation marks, no combinations that indicate a government agency (such as DOT), and no characters that are sexual in connotation or suggest profane, obscene or inflammatory words or phrases, in any language. Ohio[6] requires no less than four and no more than seven letters or combination of four letters and numbers, with no spaces allowed on motorcycle plates.
  • Vanity plates are a special order, and delivery is typically eight to 12 weeks or more after they are ordered. For example, Alaska[7] delivers personalized license plates within 12 weeks.
Additional costs:
  • Vanity plate fees are typically charged in addition to normal state vehicle registration and license plate fees, which vary by state and by the year, make and model of vehicle.
Shopping for a vanity license plate:
  • DMV.org (a privately owned website not associated with any state government) provides license plate options by state[8] , including links to each state's department of motor vehicles.
  • A customized license plate number must be different from any others already issued. States typically have a free system to search online to check whether a desired combination of letters and numbers is still available.
  • Existing plates are a good source of ideas for potential vanity plate ideas, including what not to do. MentalFloss.com lists examples of controversial plates[9] , while coolpl8z[10] and r8pl8z.com[11] both provide photo galleries of personalized license plates.
post Post   Comments (1)  
CostHelper News


7 Tricks To Make Home Appliances Last Longer
Give your household equipment a little workout now and then, to make sure anything mechanical will perform well when needed. Periodic exercise can extend the usable life of many items. || Posted October 14 2013


5 Important Things to Know Before a Tornado Hits
This week the Midwest has been battered by tornados, which are one of the most violent and destructive type of storms nature has in its arsenal. || Posted November 19 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
Gods love
Amount: $25.00
Posted by: a user in Huntington, WV.Posted: November 14th, 2019 05:11PM
State: West VirginiaType: Mazda 3
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam


 

Comment On Your Experience With a Vanity License Plate
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
State: Type: 
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.dmv.ca.gov/ipp2/initSeq.do
  2.  www.dmv.ca.gov/ipp2/initSeq.do
  3.  www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/dmv/registration/plate-types.htm
  4.  www.txdmv.gov/vehicles/license_plates/faq.htm
  5.  www.iowadot.gov/mvd/ovs/plates/personal.htm
  6.  bmv.ohio.gov/sp_personalized.stm
  7.  doa.alaska.gov/dmv/faq/vanity.htm
  8.  www.dmv.org/license-plates.php
  9.  mentalfloss.com/article/48863/11-controversial-vanity-license-plates
  10.  www.coolpl8z.com/vanity-plate-gallery.php
  11.  www.r8pl8z.com/page/1/?r_sortby=highest_rated&r_orderby=desc
More Cars Topics
Check Out All Costs for Cars How Much Does Valet Parking Service Cost? How Much Do Brakes Cost? How Much Does Replacing or Repairing a Windshield Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 
Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Er kidney stone treatment
Paid: 17834.00
Very expensive for four hours and no intervention other than pain meds and fluids pushed through iv... [more]
-Kattarina
Kidney Stone Treatment Cost
bone marrow biopsy
Paid: 25186.50
This was the bill for a 30 minute procedure that was done by a nurse not an MD. to read the biopsy the charge (in the bill ) was 12,600.this is crazy!I am a Veterinarian and I would have charged -MAX 3000.00 total to the pet parent... [more]
-Kevin Schultz
Biopsy Cost
22Kw Generac
Paid: 8300.00
Ok deal. I was replacing a old 16kw that went bad. They were able to use my old transfer switch, Cement pad, Etc. it runs on natural gas... [more]
-Teckonesol
Standby Generator Cost
Propane
Paid: 1.45
I had a $50.00 weekly auto payment set up for my LP to get ahead and bank up a large sum so I could get on Pre-Pay Plan; which Locks In summer prices, through the winter season until your prepay is used up... [more]
-
Propane Cost
#3 Cylinder Ignition coil replaced
Paid: 408.00
Traced issue to #3 cylinder ignition coil. Replaced the ignition coil pack... [more]
-Prem
Ignition Coil Replacement Cost
Alternator
Paid: 830.00
V6 Camry XLE. New part and labot.Costco Wholesale Recommended Shop. Quality Auto Center in Roselle, N.J. Good Luck,First get costco recommendation coupon. My assumption price is somewhat market fot area... [more]
-Fabian
Alternator Cost