How do I obtain personalized message (vanity) license plates?
Personalized message (vanity) license plates have the customer’s special message imprinted on them. Depending upon the vehicle, you may request a message with at least 2 and up to 7 characters (numbers and/or letters). The MVA reserves the right to decline a requested message because it has already been issued or because it is objectionable. Note that it takes approximately 4 to 6 weeks for you to receive the plates.
You can apply for the plates online through the MVA's website or in person at any of the MVA’s full service branch offices. You also can mail your application to the MVA’s Specialty Tag Unit in the Glen Burnie office, or go to an MVA licensed tag and title service where they will assist you in applying.
Typically, the application documents needed include:
- Application for Special Registration Plates – Be sure to include the vehicle’s information.
- Copy of current registration card
Vehicles in the following classes are permitted to display personalized message license plates:
- A (passenger car)
- M (multi-purpose vehicle)
- D (motorcycle) where applicable
- EPO (truck with a one ton or less manufacturer’s rate capacity)
- G (non-freight trailers)
- L (historic vehicle)
- N (street rod).
Note: Class G, Class L and Class N personalized plates will not be issued on the 1812 background. They will continue to be issued on the black and white background.