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Low Number License Plates

The Department of Motor Vehicles issues numbers 1001 through 9999 (known as "low" registration numbers) for cars or trucks (weighing up to 6099 lbs registered at the "pleasure car" rate):

A person holding a registration number between 1001 and 9999 may retain the number for the ensuing registration period, provided the renewal application is made prior to or within 60 days of the expiration of the registration.

If the registrant does not wish to renew the registration, a member of the immediate family may apply for the low number plates within the 60-day period after the plate expiration date.

There is no additional annual fee for the low registration number plates.

The Department restricts the issuance of these registrations to residents of Vermont and may also restrict issuance to applicants who do not already have such a registration issued to them. Your name may appear on a maximum of three (3) low number registrations.

How to Apply for a Low Number License Plate

Non-Specific Low Number Plate

The following general information is used when persons are applying for low numbers for their vehicle:

  • The applicant must be a Vermont resident.
  • The application must be for a Passenger Car, Motorcycle, Motor Home, or Truck (registered at 6,099 lbs or less)
  • The applicant cannot have more than three low number plates registered under their name (including a vehicle that is leased by him/her or in a Trust for the applicant).
  • Applicants cannot have another low number assigned to them (privately owned vehicle, leased vehicle, or Trust) if they received a low number within the last twelve months.

Family or Specific Low Number License Plate

The following general information is used when persons are applying for (family) specific low numbers for their vehicle:

  • Receipt of the family request form.
  • Applicant must be a member of the immediate family, household member (living at the same residence), or party to a Civil Union.
  • The applicant must be a Vermont resident.
  • The application must be for a Passenger Car, Motorcycle, Motor Home, or Truck (registered at 6,099 lbs or less)
  • Must have the passenger car, truck, or motorhome registered in the applicant's name. Can be leased vehicle with lessee (immediate family member).
  • Possession of the low-numbered plates or payment of the fee for replacement plates.
  • If the applicant wishes to have the family request number plates made up as Conservation or Building Bright Futures plate the fee for one of these special plates will be required (even if the registrant's vehicle registration expires in a short period of time).
  • Immediate family applicants must sign the form. The form cannot be signed by another person on their behalf.
  • Applicants cannot have another low number assigned to them (privately owned vehicle, leased vehicle, or Trust) if they received a low number within the last twelve months.
  • The applicant cannot have more than three low number plates registered under their name ( including a vehicle that is leased by him/her or in a Trust for the applicant).

Notes on fees:

  • If this is a new registration in the applicant's name and has never been registered before in their name, the fee is the regular registration fee, title fee (a title is required if the vehicle is 15 years old or newer, if the vehicle is more than 15 years old no title is required), and the appropriate taxes.
  • If the vehicle is currently registered with a regular set of plates there is a replacement plate fee due with the request.
  • If the vehicle is currently registered with vanity or special plates (and it is renewal time) the registrant is only required to pay the renewal fee for a regular plate.
  • If the vehicle is currently registered with vanity or special plates (and it is not renewal time) the registrant must then pay the replacement plate fee.

Download the PDF form to your computer and then open it with Adobe Reader

Title Sort descending ID# Description
Low Number Plate
VD-166
To convert new registrations or current plates over to a low number plate.
Low Number Plate (Family Specific)
VD-167
To request a low plate number which previously belonged to a family member.

FAQs

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?

Please put the plates on your vehicle, the paperwork that came with the plates is your temporary registration. If you need an inspection, use the temporary registration. The certificate and sticker will arrive by mail within about two weeks.

What type(s) of front license plates are allowed?

Act 71, which became law on July 1, 2017, removed any end date from the law that authorizes certain motor vehicles registered in Vermont to display Vermont Strong plates that cover a regular front license plate. No other alternate plates are allowed.

Are Vermont Strong Plates still available for purchase?

No

Where do I place the registration sticker on my plates?
  • For vehicles issued registration plates with dimensions of approximately 12 x 6 inches, in the lower right corner of the rear registration plate; and
  • For vehicles issued a registration plate with a dimension of approximately 7 x 4 inches, in the upper right corner of the rear registration plate.
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