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Registration, License Plates

DMV will issue you two license plates and a registration card. Place the plates on the front and rear of your vehicle so that they are securely fastened and clearly visible. If your vehicle is a motorcycle, tractor truck, semitrailer, or trailer, the DMV will issue you one license plate for the vehicle.

License plates shall be kept entirely unobscured, and the numerals and the letters thereon shall be plainly legible at all times.

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Related Forms & Information
Title Sort descending ID# Description
Building Bright Futures Plate
To convert a new registrations or your current plates over to a Building Bright Futures plate.
Certificate of Veteran Status
To apply for a Veterans plate and/or to have a Veterans designator added onto a VT license.
Conservation Plate
To obtain deer, loon, or trout conservation plate. Use for new registration or converting an existing license plate.
Disabled Parking Placard Application
To request issuance of a permanent disabled parking placard.
Gold Star Family Plate
To request a Gold Star Family plate
Intransit Plate/Permit Application
To apply for plate and permit to transport newly purchased vehicles within VT or for transporting from VT to another state.
Low Number Plate
To convert new registrations or current plates over to a low number plate.
Low Number Plate (Family Specific)
To request a low plate number which previously belonged to a family member.
Medical Evaluation Report
To be completed by a licensed physician when applying for a permanent disabled parking placard, disabled plates, and/or when a medical form is requested by the department to be submitted to the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Next of Kin Family Plate
To request a next-of-kin family plate
Petition for Return of Seized Plates
To request return of plates seized by law enforcement by the registered owner of vehicle.
Replacement Plate Application
To apply for replacement plates when original plates have been lost, stolen, faded, or damaged.
Safety/Service Organization Plates
To convert new registrations or current plates over to a Safety/Service Organization plate
Temporary Disabled Parking
To request issuance of a temporary disabled parking placard.
Vanity Plate Application
For new registrations and to convert current plates over to a vanity/specialized plate


How can I Request Sample Plates?

Go to and click the ‘Request Sample Plates’ hyperlink on the Vehicle Inquiry panel. You should review the information in the Getting Started section and will need to acknowledge that you are not a robot before continuing to the next section.  

Enter the Requester’s name. Use the ‘Add a Plate’ hyperlink to add the sample plates you would like to purchase. Select the plate type and enter the number of plates you want to order. Click ‘Next’.  

Enter the mailing address. Click the ‘Verify Address’ button and confirm the verified address. Click ‘Next’ to continue.  

Confirm the number of plates and transaction fees. Click ‘Next’.

Review the name, mailing address, and amount due for the order. Click ‘Submit’.

Review the items in the cart and click ‘Checkout.’

Then, follow the prompts to complete the payment.  

Click Confirm to submit the payment, after which the sample plate order has been completed.  

How can I Check Personalized Plate Availability?

Go to and click the ‘Check Personalized Plate Availability’ link under the Vehicle Inquiry section. Enter the Vehicle Type and Plate Type of the plate you would like to check, followed by the text to check in the Plate ID field. Check the checkbox to verify that you are not a robot, then click the ‘Check Availability’ button to run the search.

The check’s results will be displayed in the space beneath the plate image on the right-hand side of the screen.

I no longer need my plates, what do I do with them?

You are not required to return plates to DMV. If you want to return plates, please mail them to us. If you are selling your car, do NOT leave your plates on the car.

I just received plates, where is the sticker?

Date validation stickers are no longer required.

On June 1, 2023, Act 41 was signed into law. Among other things, Act 41 amends multiple sections of codified law to eliminate the annual (or biennial) validation sticker that previously went on license plates.