How to Get a Specialty License Plate in Virginia

If you live in Virginia and are the kind of person who likes to be unique, you live in the right state. Virginia currently offers more than 200 specialty license plates representing colleges or universities, military statuses, fraternities, sororities, occupations and more. Follow the steps below to learn how to get a specialty license plate in Virginia.

Steps

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    Visit the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles website at www.dmv.state.va.us.
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    Click on "Forms and Publications" in the left-hand column.
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    Access Form VSA-10, License Plate Application, by clicking on the link to open the .pdf file.
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    Fill out the form online or print a blank application and enter the required information.
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    Check the box next to "Vehicle License Plates" at the top of the application.
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    Choose the type of specialty license plate you want and mark the appropriate box.
    • Note that for some specialty license plates in Virginia, such as college and university, military or special interest, you must fill in specific information in the spaces provided.
    • Select "Other" if the specialty plate design is not listed on the application and write in the design you wish to order.
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    Enter your name, mailing address and telephone number.
    • Add the name of the vehicle's co-owner, if applicable.
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    Supply your vehicle information. This includes title number, Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), plate number and type, and date of license plate expiration.
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    Include credit card information, if applicable.
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    Indicate whether vehicle is insured or not insured by checking the appropriate box.
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    Sign and date the application.
    • Make sure the co-owner signs and dates the application as well, if applicable.
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    Send the completed application and payment of required fees to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, P.O. Box 27412, Richmond, VA 23269-0001.

Tips

  • Samples of specialty license plates in Virginia are available for order.
  • A specialty license plate in Virginia can be personalized. Enter up to 4 personalization choices in the character boxes provided on the application. Follow personalization instructions on the reverse side of the application.
  • Certification is required for some specialty license plates in Virginia. These include Disabled, Gold Star and Antique specialty plates.
  • Specific vehicle requirements apply to Clean Fuel specialty license plates.
  • Fees for a specialty license plate in Virginia are in additional to standard registration fees. Fees range from between $10 and $25 per year. Some specialty license plates carry a one-time charge of $10, $25 or $50.
  • You can view specialty license plates by accessing the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. You can search by plate name, category or alphabetically.
  • Personalizing a specialty license plate in Virginia requires payment of an additional $10.
  • You can choose to drop off the completed application and payment of fees to a local Division of Motor Vehicle Center or apply online and pay by credit card.

Warnings

  • You cannot receive a refund for a specialty license plate in Virginia once the application is processed and the plate is ordered from the manufacturer.

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Categories: Personalized and Specialty License Plates