Frequently Asked Questions

Vehicle Services

Special Plates and Placards

I bought a vehicle and have a temporary paper plate. Can I order a special plate now?

No, you must wait until you receive your metal plate in the mail; then you may order online, by mail or in an MVD or authorized third-party office.

I ordered a plate when I renewed my registration online, so where is my new plate?

You will first receive a registration and tab with your current plate number for use until you receive the new plate by mail in four to six weeks. The new plate will come with a new tab and registration.

I received my new plates in the mail. Why is there no tab or registration?

The new tab and registration were enclosed the window portion of the envelope that contained the plates.

How many plates will I receive

Some plates are issued in pairs (front and back of the vehicle) and some are issued as a single plate, depending on the plate type. See our Plates and Placards page. If your plate is personalized, two plates will be issued for full-size and one for small-size, regardless of the plate type.

Does any part of my special plate fee go to a charitable organization?

Yes. For many plates, $17 of the annual special plate fee is a tax-deductible charitable donation.

Can I apply for a special plate for a vehicle registered out of state?

No, Arizona special plates are for Arizona-registered vehicles only.

May I purchase a special plate for someone as a gift?

Yes, as long as the vehicle is registered in Arizona and the eligibility requirements are met.

Can I purchase a special plate for my motorcycle or golf cart?

Only for these plate types:

  • Regular
  • Military Support / Freedom
  • Purple Heart and Veteran

A Historic Vehicle plate may be ordered for a motorcycle.

Can I order a veteran plate online?

No, you can order it by mail or by visiting any MVD or authorized third-party office. You must complete a Special Plate Application and provide the required documentation indicated on the application.

Can I personalize my special plate?

Many can be personalized for an additional annual personalization fee of $25. See our Plates and Placards page.

Is there a limit to the number of characters on my personalized plate?

The maximum number of characters varies. See our Plates and Placards page.

What if my personalize plate is damaged or lost?

You may request a remake of your personalized plate by visiting any MVD or authorized third-party office or mailing in a Special Plate Application. Write on the application that you are requesting a remake for a lost or damaged plate. The fee is $5 (plus postage/handling, if mailed, see Plates and Placards).

Can I keep my personalized plate number but change the plate type?

Yes. If you wish to keep the same plate number, you must visit any MVD or authorized third-party office. You will be charged the usual special plate fee for the new plate type. You can not make the change online.

Can I order my special plate with a disability symbol?

Many special plates offer the disability symbol option for both standard and personalized. See our Plate Selections page for more information. On a personalized plate, the available number of characters is reduced by one to accommodate for the disability symbol.

Is there an additional charge for the disability symbol on a special plate?

There is no extra fee charged for the disability symbol. You must pay the usual special plate fee and/or personalization fee charged for that plate type.

Can I order a plate with a disability symbol online?

No. You must submit a Disability-Hearing Impaired Plate/Placard application by mail or at any MVD or authorized third-party office. If you are adding the disability symbol to a special plate, then you must also complete a Special Plate Application.

Can I add a disability symbol to the personalized plate that I have now?

You may add the disability symbol to your existing plate at no extra charge. You may be charged any usual special plate and personalization fees due for that plate type. However, the disability symbol is considered one character. So, if you already have the maximum number of characters for the plate type, then the symbol can not be added.

Is there a fee for disability placard or plate?

There is no fee for a disability placard. There is also no extra charge to add a disability symbol to a special plate; you only pay the usual fee for that special plate.

I already have a disability placard. Can I get another one?

Yes, in some cases. You must request the additional placard in writing and state the reason why the additional placard is needed.

Energy Efficient Plates

How do I participate in the Energy Efficient Plate Program?

  • To participate, you must be the registered owner of an eligible plug-in hybrid electric vehicle with valid (current) Arizona registration.
  • Applications are accepted only at ServiceArizona (disability excepted).
  • Applications are approved on a first come, first served basis.

What is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle?

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) use batteries to power an electric motor and use another fuel, such as gasoline or diesel, to power an internal combustion engine or other propulsion source. Using electricity from the grid to run the vehicle some or all of the time reduces operating costs and petroleum consumption, relative to conventional vehicles.*

*Source: U.S. Department of Energy

Which vehicles are eligible?

Vehicle Make and Model Vehicle Model Year(s)
BMW – i3 Range Extender (REX) 2014
Cadillac - ELR 2014, 2015*
Chevrolet Volt 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015*
Fisker Automotive Karma 2012
Ford C-MAX Energi 2013, 2014, 2015*
Ford Fusion Energi 2013, 2014, 2015*
Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid 2014
Porsche - Panamera S E-Hybrid 2014, 2015*
Toyota Prius Plug-In 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015*

*Energy Efficient Plates for 2015 vehicles available December 20, 2014.

Why is my hybrid vehicle not eligible for this pilot program?

Only vehicle make/models that meet the current standards are eligible.

Why are more plates being issued?

The program is limited to 10,000 vehicles. That number was last reached in September 2011. Since that time, approximately 1,800 vehicles that were in the program are no longer registered. The Motor Vehicle Division will be issuing approximately 1,800 plates for qualifying vehicles to bring the number back to the 10,000 maximum.

What is the benefit of participating in the program?

  • Driving a low emissions and energy efficient vehicle helps improve air quality and reduce emissions.
  • Participants have unrestricted access to the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV), or "carpool," lanes in Arizona, regardless of the number of passengers.

How will law enforcement know I am eligible to drive in the HOV lane?

A qualifying vehicle must display an Energy Efficient plate with a "Hybrid" graphic.

What if my Energy Efficient plate is lost or stolen?

You will need to apply for a lost plate at any MVD or Authorized Third Party office. You will receive a standard-issue plate for your vehicle until your Energy Efficient plate arrives by mail. The replacement fee is $5, plus postage and handling.

Does this program include Disability plates?

Yes. If you want a plate with a "Disability" symbol, you cannot apply online. You must instead apply by mail using the Energy Efficient Plate Application, form 96-0452. If you do not currently have a Disability plate or placard, you must also include a Disability – Hearing Impaired Plate/Placard Application, form 96-0104.

Can I personalize my Energy Efficient plate?

No. Due to the limited quantity available for this program, these plates cannot be personalized.

If I sell my energy-efficient vehicle, can I transfer my new plate?

Yes, but only to another qualifying plug-in hybrid electric vehicle that is currently registered to the same owner.