Personalized License Plates

Online, Not In Line

Use our Online Plate Search and Order to search for available plate numbers. Charitable plates and standard Home Means Nevada plates may be ordered online.
Personalized License Plate

Tips

  • You can choose any personalized combination that is not offensive or in bad taste, is not in use or has not been in use within the past 18 months and does not conflict with any standard-issue Nevada numbering.
  • Punctuation and special symbols are not allowed. The number of characters allowed is indicated on each plate's application.
  • Personalized plates must be approved by the DMV staff and manufactured. Please allow six to eight weeks for delivery. If your application is rejected, you will be notified by letter and your plate fees refunded.
  • Order online, by mail or fax and pick up the plates when ready. Or, order in-person and we will issue a movement permit and mail the plates to you.

Online, Mail or Fax Orders

We suggest you order online or by mail/fax if your vehicle is already registered in Nevada, if you are moving to Nevada in the near future or if you will be buying a vehicle in the near future. The DMV or County Assessor office you designate will mail a postcard when your plates are ready.

You must pick up the plates within 60 days after they arrive at the office. Make an appointment as soon as you order the plates for our offices in Carson City, Henderson, Las Vegas and Reno.

In-Person Orders

Order in person if you will be registering a vehicle or renewing the registration within the next 60 days. We will issue a movement permit and mail the plates to you. See DMV Offices. Many County Assessors in rural areas offer DMV services.

Ordering Options

  • Online

    Online

    Start Here to search for plate numbers and order standard plates or many charitable plates online.

    You must have a Nevada driver's license or ID card to order online.

    Plate styles that require special qualifications may not be ordered online.

    Your order will be reviewed by the DMV staff and, if approved, your plates will be mailed to the DMV or County Assessor office of your choice for pickup.

    Getting Your Plates
  • Mail/Fax

    Mail or Fax

    Check for three plate choices online. You may also contact us or call.

    Download and complete the appropriate application below for your plate. Mail the application and fees to the address on the application. Fees may be paid by check or money order payable to DMV or a Payment Authorization Form (ADM 205).

    For faxed orders, fax the completed application and a Payment Authorization to (775) 684-4797.

    You can order plates even if you are moving to Nevada within the next 60 days but have not actually registered a vehicle here yet. 

    Your order will be reviewed by the DMV staff and, if approved, your plates will be mailed to the DMV office of your choice for pickup. See Getting Your Plates below.

    Getting Your Plates
  • In Person

    In Person

    You may order your custom plates in person at the same time you register a vehicle or renew its registration at a DMV Office or at a County Assessor's Office which offers vehicle registration services. 

    You may wish to use our online Personalized Plate Search in advance to help select your plate style and/or personalized numbering. Complete the appropriate application below.

    You will receive a temporary movement permit for your vehicle and your new plates will be mailed to you.

    Getting Your Plates
  • Order as a Gift

    Order as a Gift

    We cannot release license plates which are not registered to a vehicle.

    Order by mail or fax, placing your name and address on the application and the recipient's name on the line labeled "Name of person plate will be registered to if other than applicant."

    When the DMV or County Assessor's office you chose on the application receives your plates, the staff will notify you by mail. The office will hold the plates for 60 days.

    The registration will have to be completed in person at a DMV or Assessor office as outlined below.

    Getting Your Plates
 

Applications

Getting Your Plates

One DMV office visit is necessary to receive personalized plates no matter which method you use to place the order.

Original Registration

See the full list of Registration Requirements or the New Resident Guide and use our online Registration Fee Estimates. Make an appointment well in advance if you will be visiting an office in Carson City, Henderson, Las Vegas or Reno.

Plate Swap on Existing Registration

To swap plates on an existing Nevada registration, bring the old plates to the DMV or County Assessor which offers vehicle registration services.

No registration renewal or emissions inspection is necessary if your renewal is not due. A $5 substitute plate fee will apply in addition to the specialty plate fees.

If your renewal is due within 35 days or you choose to renew, you will need to complete an emissions inspection if required and if the last test was completed more than 90 days ago. Your expiration date will change if the current expiration date is more than 35 days away. Credit will be given for the unused portion of your current Nevada registration.

Swap Plates between Vehicles

If you are transferring plates between vehicles that you own, you must renew the registration(s) for a full year, present Evidence of Insurance card(s) and Emissions Inspection(s) if required. Credit will be given for any unused portion of a current registration.

Bring the license plate application, any required documentation, Evidence of Insurance and your current odometer reading to a DMV Full Service Office or County Assessor which offers vehicle registration services.

Transfer Plates to a New Owner

Individuals may transfer plate numbers if the original owner signs a License Plate Release (SP 67) as the new owner registers the vehicle or a plate swap is completed at a DMV office.

Plate Number Complaints

If you see a personalized plate number that you find offensive, you may ask the Department to review and possibly recall it. Please complete the following form and mail it to the address listed.

License Plate Complaint Form (SP 74)

The Department will consider recalling any personalized license plate that:

  • Expresses contempt, ridicule, or superiority of race, ethnic heritage, religion or gender.
  • Contains any connotation that is sexual, vulgar, derogatory, profane, or obscene.
  • Contains a direct or indirect reference to a drug or drug paraphernalia, or a gang.
  • Makes a defamatory reference to a person or group.

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