Specialized License Plates
Using our Drop Box or Mail Service to apply for specialized license plates is the fastest way to get your transaction completed and is contact free! Appointments are also available.Walk-in service is available in limited capacity based on staffing levels and appointment cancellations.
You can obtain several different license plates in Minnesota, ranging from Veteran Plates to Personalized/Vanity Plates to Habitat Conservation Plates. Some plates come with additional yearly contributions while others have one time payments associated with them. Most plates can only be displayed on passenger class vehicles, but a number of plates are also available for display on one-ton trucks, recreational vehicles and motorcycles. Some plates are available at the License Center locations, while others need to be special ordered. See this Special License Plate Brochure for images and information on specific plates.
These plates are available at the License Centers and are issued immediately:
- Critical Habitat including: Deer, Loon, Angler, Chickadee, Lady Slipper, Buck, Pheasant, Moose and Turkey designs
- Support Our Troops
- Minnesota Golf
- Minnesota State Parks and Recreation
- Remembering Victims of Impaired Driving
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These plates are available to order from the License Centers and will be mailed to you:
- Veteran (Available for all major U.S. conflicts)
- Military (National Guard, Ready Reserve, VFW, American Legion and DAV
- Proud to be a Veteran
- Collegiate (Available for most Minnesota Colleges and Universities
- Retired Firefighter
- Volunteer Ambulance
- Collector Class (Collector, Classic, Pioneer and Street Rod)
- Gold Star Family
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In most cases you must be the vehicle owner and complete and sign an Application for Special Plates. Most plates can be issued and applied for with only the application, however other plates require additional information. Please see below for specific information on Special Plate types.
What Do I Need to Apply for Special License Plates?
Critical Habitat, Support Our Troops & Collegiate Plates These plates only need the above application completed and signed by the vehicle owner, no additional information is needed. Note: You do not need to have attended one of the colleges or universities to get a Collegiate Plate.
What Will I Pay?
The fee for these plates is $23.50. In addition, all of these plates have an annual contribution ($30 for Critical Habitat and Support Our Troops and $25 for Collegiate) to their respective programs, due at the time of initial issuance and registration renewal.
What Will I Pay?
The fee for these plates is $23.50. Proud to be a Veteran plates require an additional $30 one time contribution to the WWII memorial fund.
Minnesota State Parks and Recreation
This plate needs that above application completed and signed by the vehicle owner, no additional information is needed. This plate allows unlimited visits to all 75 Minnesota State Parks and Recreation Areas.
What Will I Pay? The fee for this plate is $23.50. In addition, this plate has an annual contribution of $60 used to support the operations and maintenance of Minnesota State Parks and Trails, due at the time of initial issuance and registration renewal.
Minnesota offers the option to personalize your license plate with custom letter and number combinations. When filling in the application, we request that you list more than one combination to ensure that your application is accepted. Unfortunately, there currently is not a way to check plate availability online or over the phone. We can check availability in our office, we recommend you bring several options for us to check.
What are Acceptable Letter/Number Combinations? The State of Minnesota reserves the right to deny a Letter/Number combination for any reason. Plates deemed inappropriate or combinations that are too similar to license plates issued by the State of Minnesota will be denied. Please review the information below for a general outline of unacceptable letter/number combinations.
The following Characters/Sequences are Not Allowed: