vehicle registration

Emergency medical services plate

Amateur radio call letter plate


If you currently have a personalized plate and would like to switch your personalized message from that plate to a new plate design you will need to complete the mail in form as we currently cannot complete this process online. On the mail-in form, enter your current plate number/message in the space provided in Section A of the form and then re-enter the same information in Section B.
Who is eligible A current member of a paid or volunteer emergency medical services agency.
Special requirements The applicant and the applicant's service director shall sign the application form certifying that the applicant is a current member of a paid or volunteer emergency medical services agency.
Eligible vehicles Automobiles
Multipurpose vehicles
Sport utility vehicles
Motor homes
Trailers and travel trailers
Numbered plates
  • $25 initial fee to the Emergency Medical Services Fund
  • Annual registration renewal fee

Effective July 17, 2013, an owner of an EMS plate may obtain a duplicate of their current numbered EMS plate when their plate is due for replacement. A new application must be completed and submitted with a $5 fee.

To obtain a duplicate of your original numbered plate:
  • Submit an application and the $5 fee. 
  • Pay the annual vehicle registration renewal fee if it is due. 
  • No additional validation fee.
Personalized plates Not available as a personalized plate.
How to apply:

Special Plate Application

Completed applications may be returned to your county treasurer's office or the following address.

Vehicle & Motor Carrier Services
Iowa Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 9278
Des Moines, Iowa  50306-9278

Telephone: 515-237-3110

Your plates will be sent to your county treasurer's office and staff will notify you when your plates are available. 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.