Note: The $5 annual validation fee will be credited to the Veterans License Fee Fund.
Plates (including personalized plates) may be purchased as a gift. Gift certificates will be mailed to the purchaser.
Second or subsequent plates, $25 of the personalized plate fee will be credited to the Veterans License Fee Fund
Personalized license plates may consist of up to five characters and numbers. All personalized plate choices must have at least two characters.
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.
Effective July 1, 2022, any vehicle that displays this Iowa-issued veterans license plate may park for free in any city-owned or operated parking lot or city-metered space in Iowa. A city shall not enforce any ordinance related to fees at these locations.
Any questions related to whether you can park in a particular location or how to have a fee waived should be directed to the relevant city for interpretation.