Vanity (Personalized) Plates
Any person registering a vehicle in Vermont may complete an application for a "vanity" plate.
The payment of an annual fee (in addition to the annual fee for registration) is required for "vanity" plates.
"Vanity" number plates are issued in combination or succession of numbers and letters (with the following restrictions):
- The total of the numbers and letters on any plate (combined) cannot exceed seven (see other restrictions/exceptions below), and
- The requested combination of letters and numbers cannot duplicate or resemble a "regular issue" registration plate.
The Department does not issue two sets of special number plates bearing the same initials or letters unless the plates also contain a distinguishing number. Special number plates are subject to reassignment if not renewed within sixty days of expiration of the registration.
The following are specific instructions as they currently appear on an application for a "vanity plate":
- A combination of letters, numbers, or spaces may be used. Up to 2 numbers are allowed for standard automobile, truck, agricultural, or municipal plates. The numbers must be in combination with 1-5 letters. For all other plates no more than 2 numbers are allowed. The Department considers "O" to be a number in all cases (i.e., the alphabetic character "O" is considered a zero).
- A special plate is limited to seven (7) characters with the following exceptions:
- Motor-driven cycle, motorcycle and small trailer plates are limited to a maximum of six (6) characters.
- Handicapped plates are limited to a maximum of five (5) characters.
- Antique and Exhibit plates are limited to a maximum of four (4) characters.
- Dots and dashes or other special characters or symbols cannot be used.
- The plate cannot begin with the letter "Z".
- Use asterisks (*) to indicate spaces where desired ---if no asterisks (*) are used the characters will be centered on the plate.
- A minimum of two and a maximum of seven characters may be used.
If the vehicle is currently registered in Vermont, only the Vanity (Personalized) plate fee is due. If the vehicle is not currently registered in Vermont, complete a Vermont Registration, Tax and Title Application, TA-VD-119 ( 424.7KB). Submit all correct fees for registration, in addition to the Vanity (Personalized) plate fee and the application for the Vanity (Personalized) Plate ( 84.94KB).
Vanity plates are issued under the following conditions:
- No prior request has been received for the same combination of letters/numbers.
- Special plates may be issued for any vehicle type except dealer and transporter.
- A separate application must be made for plates for each vehicle.
- No plate will be issued that is either offensive or confusing to the general public.
- Delivery may take up to 30 days from date of application.