The Department of Transportation accepts applications for specialty and personalized license plates.
Personalized license plates must follow the state’s guidelines and be available for registration.
All residents using vehicles on the roads in Pennsylvania must be registered and have valid decals on their rear plates.
License plates in Oregon include:
The standard license plate issued in the state of Pennsylvania has a blue, white, and yellow background with blue lettering. These license plates will be provided when you register your vehicle.
Alternatively, you can apply for the other license plates available if you meet the eligibility criteria and provide payment for any additional fees.
Specialty license plates come in varying designs and relate to an organization, occupation, university, and more. Here are some examples of specialty license plates available in Pennsylvania:
You’ll be required to submit the appropriate documents and proof of eligibility for certain plate types. Other fees are added to the standard registration fees. These additional fees vary by specialty plate type.
The state of Pennsylvania permits you to personalize your license plate with a custom plate number. Your plates must have:
You can search for available plate numbers online.
There are additional fees for personalized license plates along with the regular plate fees required at registration.
If you have the required documents for a disability, you may be eligible to apply for disability license plates and placards.
The state of Pennsylvania offers disability plates for:
Alternatively, placards are provided for:
Placards must be displayed from the rear view mirror.
You can register your vehicle with the Department of Transportation in your county.
If you have a new vehicle or own an out-of-state vehicle (i.e., new residents), your vehicle must be registered promptly.
Depending on the type of Pennsylvania license plate you requested, you may have to wait up to 4 weeks for your plates to be processed and delivered.
You’ll be required to renew your vehicle’s registration at the date indicated by the decals on your rear license plate.
Renewal can be made:
After paying the renewal fees for your vehicle, you’ll receive a new decal to place over the old one on your license plate.
You may be able to transfer Pennsylvania license plates to a new vehicle if it is registered in your name.
You’ll be required to follow a process to transfer your vehicle’s license plates:
You cannot give away your license plates when you sell, auction, or donate your car.
You must surrender your license plates to a DMV office in Pennsylvania if you:
License plates can be surrendered by mailing them or dropping them off in person to the nearest DMV office.
If your license plates are lost, stolen, or damaged, you can submit an application for replacements. You’ll need:
It is possible to apply for replacement license plates by mail. It will take up to 4 weeks for your new plates to be processed and delivered.
Note: You should notify the police if you believe your plates have been stolen. This is not mandatory, but doing so can help prevent their misuse.
The following fees may be requested when you register or renew your vehicle with the DMV:
Any taxes or service fees are not included in the costs you see above. You should contact your local DMV office in Pennsylvania to get complete details of the fees required for the vehicle you own.
If you’re personalizing your license plate, you can use the search bar above to find available plate numbers in Pennsylvania and any other state in the U.S.
You can obtain additional information about a vehicle, such as vehicle history, theft reports, images, and more.