License Plates in West Virginia
LOST OR STOLEN LICENSE PLATES
As soon as license plates are lost, stolen or illegible they must be replaced. There are two different kinds of replacement plates. In order to replace your plates you must:
- Visit your local DMV office and request form DMV-32 or download it here.
- Present an insurance certificate or owner's statement of insurance.
- Hand in any remaining license plates.
- Pay the $5.50 license plate replacement fees.
CUSTOM AND PERSONALIZED PLATES
These are the different types of plates in the regular series: Auto, Commercial, Trailer, Motorcycle, Permanent Trailer Identification, Disabled Person and Disabled Veteran. You can obtain the appropriate form from your local DMV office and submit it with the appropriate fees.
Special Interest Plates
The following is a list of some examples of special interest plates: Collegiate, Firefighter, Ex-Prisoner of War, Mason, Veterans, Bowler, Rotary and Wildlife. Click on this link to access applications forms for obtaining or replacing the different types of special interest plates. When you have completed the forms, take them to your local DMV office and submit them with the appropriate fees (see below).
The fees for replacing a license plate or getting new plates vary depending on the type of plate you need. For more information on these fees please follow the link for this link.
WHAT TO DO WITH PLATES WHEN BUYING/SELLING A VEHICLE
Under West Virginia Law it is NOT mandatory to retain standard license plates from a vehicle when selling. The plates will remain with the buyer once the ownership of the vehicle has been transferred.