*Please note there are different requirements depending upon plate choice. Be sure to review the specific information for each plate (motorcycle or small plates cannot have more than six letters/characters).
Sport utility vehicles
Trailers and travel trailers
- $35 initial fee to the Road Use Tax Fund for the Blackout Plate fee
- $10 annual registration fee for the Blackout Plate renewal
- Annual registration renewal fee
Plates (including personalized plates) may be purchased as a gift by completing the Special Plate Application form, printing and mailing it in with the fees that are due. Gift certificates will be mailed to the purchaser.
- $60 initial fee ($25 plate fee + $35 for Blackout Plate fee)
- $15 annual registration fee ($5 validation fee + $10 for the Blackout Plate fee) at time of renewal
- Annual registration renewal fee (paid to county treasurer)
Personalized license plates may consist of up to seven characters and numbers. All personalized plate choices must have at least two characters.
- No punctuation marks are allowed.
- No denoting a government agency (i.e., DOT).
- No display of characters that are sexual in connotation.
- No characters suggesting profane, obscene or inflammatory words or phrases, or those contrary to public policy.
- No characters or words defined in dictionaries as a term of vulgarity, contempt, prejudice, hostility, insult, or racial or ethnic degradation.
- No characters considered to be offensive.
- No characters that conflict with the regular license numbering system.
- Recognized as a swear word.
- Reference to an illegal substance or criminal act.
- Any foreign word falling in any of these categories.
- Cannot be all numbers.
|How to apply
Order online (You will need an Iowa Driver's license or ID and a credit card to complete the transaction.)
Complete the Special Plate Application form, print and mail with the fees that are due.
Vehicle & Motor Carrier Services
Iowa Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 9278
Des Moines, Iowa 50306-9278
Your plates will be sent to your county treasurer's office and staff will notify you when your plates are available. Typical processing time is 3-6 weeks. You can check the status of your plate order at https://iowadot.gov/mvd/personalizedplates/home.aspx. Plates must be assigned to a vehicle within 90 days or the plates will be voided and no refund issued. Your current plates must be exchanged for your new plates.