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License Plates in Missouri


As soon as license plates are lost, stolen or illegible they must be replaced. If BOTH personalized plates are stolen/lost they must be replaced with a new plate - duplicates will not be made.

In order to replace your plates you must:


Regular Series

These are the different types of plates in the regular series: Auto, Commercial, Trailer, Motorcycle, Permanent Trailer Identification, Disabled Person, Disabled Veteran, and Foreign Organization. You can obtain the application form for a standard license plate at your local MVDL office. Once filled out, submit it with the appropriate fees (see below).

Special Interest Plates

The following is a list of the categories of special interest plates: Collegiate, Military, Antique, Personalized, Conservation and Organizational. Some examples include: Lincoln University, Bronze Star, Retired Army, Purple Heart, Breast Cancer Awareness, Order of the Arrow, St. Louis Cardinals, Homeland Security Fight Terrorism and God Bless America. You may preview the over 200 types of specialty plates by using the MVDL's Preview service. Click here to access the application form for different types of special interest plates. Individual forms are available at all local MVDL offices or can be requested by mail by filling out an online form. Once you have completed the form, take it to your local MVDL office and submit with the appropriate fees (see below).

Note: You may order the Conservation Heritage Specialty Plate online by accessing the Missouri Department of Conservation online form or requesting one to be mailed to you by calling toll free (800) 392-4115. There is however, a $2 processing fee if you order by phone.


The fees for replacing a license plate or getting new plates vary depending on the type of plate you need. Specialty plates including military and personalized plates cost $15, while the Conservation Heritage plate costs $43.75 and the Homeland Security Fight Terrorism Plate costs $25. You might also be charged a processing fee for certain plates. Note: For disabled drivers, please see disability plates application form. There is no fee for obtaining a disability plate.


Under Missouri Law it is NOT mandatory to retain license plates from a vehicle when selling. The plates may remain with the buyer once the ownership of the vehicle has been transferred.


Reviews of License Plates in Missouri

Revised MO Statute 301.140 states in part that upon the transfer of ownership of a motor vehicle, the license plates are to be removed and retained by the seller. Furthermore, if the license plates are left on the vehicle at the time of sale and the new owner is caught using the old registration, both the seller and buyer can be cited for the violation. The information posted on your web page is not correct, "Under Missouri Law it is NOT mandatory to retain license plates from a vehicle when selling. The plates may remain with the buyer once the ownership of the vehicle has been transferred"


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