The special fees collected for this plate will be credited to a flood mitigation fund administered by the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management until July 1, 2023.
*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).
Plates (including personalized plates) may be purchased as a gift. Gift certificates will be mailed to the purchaser.
Numbered plates must be ordered through your county treasurer's office.
Personalized license plates may consist of up to seven characters and numbers. All personalized plate choices must have at least two characters.
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. 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.