AZ License plate guide. Custom or specialty plates and replacing lost or stolen license plates.
LOST OR STOLEN LICENSE PLATES
As soon as license plates are lost, stolen or illegible they must be replaced. In order to replace your plates you must:
- Visit your local MVD office.
- Present proper forms of ID.
- Hand in any remaining license plates.
- Fill in an Plate Notice. Please see the list below for links to the appropriate forms for each type of plate.
- Pay the license plate replacement fees, currently $5 for standard plates.
CUSTOM AND PERSONALIZED PLATES
These are the different types of plates in the regular series: Regular full size (6" x 12"), Regular small size (4" x 7"), Disability Plate, Disability Placard and Farm Vehicle. Please see the proper application forms for regular series license plates. When you have completed the forms, take them to your local MVD office and submit them with the appropriate fees (see below).
Special Interest Plates
The following is a list of some examples of special interest plates: Alternative Fuel, Amateur Radio, Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Historical Society, Arizona State University, Character Education, Child Abuse Prevention, Classic Car, Congressional Medal of Honor, Energy Efficient Plate, Environmental, Families of Fallen Police Officers, Fire Fighter, Fraternal Order of Police, Former Prisoner of War, Golden Rule, Hearing Impaired Plate, Hearing Impaired Placard, Historic, Honorary Foreign Consul, Horseless Carriage, Legion of Valor, Military Support/Freedom, National Guard, Navajo Nation, Northern Arizona University, Pearl Harbor Survivor, Pet Friendly/Spay & Neuter, Pink Ribbon/Cancer Awareness, Purple Heart, San Carlos Apache Tribe, Street Rod, Transplantation Awareness (Organ Donor), University of Arizona, University of Phoenix, Veteran and White Mountain Apache Tribe. Click here to access applications forms for replacing the different types of special interest plates. When you have completed the forms, take them to your local MVD office and submit them with the appropriate fees (see below).
Note: Some of these plates are issued in pairs and some as single plates. If you request them to be mailed to you, there is an additional postal fee of $1.50 for a small plate, $2 for a single full size plate and $2.70 for a pair of plates.
Also, Arizona's Department of Transportation offers online ordering of certain plates. To see which plates can be ordered online, click here.
The fees for replacing a license plate or getting new plates vary depending on the type of plate you need. Click here to access the fee for individual plates.
WHAT TO DO WITH PLATES WHEN BUYING/SELLING A VEHICLE
Under Arizona Law it is mandatory to keep standard license plates when selling a vehicle. The plates will remain with the seller, and in fact, Arizona's MVD offers a partial refund. After selling a vehicle, you have 30 days to either transfer the plates to a new vehicle or request a refund via EZ Refund, offered by Arizona's Motor Vehicle Division. Follow this link for more information on how to request a refund.