MS 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 DPS office.
- Present proper forms of ID.
- Hand in any remaining license plates.
- Fill in an application for replacement plates. Please see the list below for links to the appropriate forms for each type of plate.
- Pay the 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, Disabled Veteran, and Foreign Organization. Mississippi does not offer application forms for standard plates online. You must visit your local DPS office to fill one out and submit with the appropriate fees (see below).
Special Interest Plates
The following is a list of some examples of the different categories of special interest plates: Active Reserve, Antique, Boy Scouts, Children's Hospital, Diabetic, Disabled, Government Representatives, Farm Tag, I Love Mississippi, NASCAR, Associations, Universities, Pearl Harbor Survivor, Personalized, Private Colleges, Retired Armed Forces, St. Jude's Children Hospital, Wildlife Conservation and Volunteer Services. Click here to access applications forms for replacing the different types of special interest plates. When you have completed the forms, click fee to see if they county or the state office issues the applicable license plate, and according take them to your local county tax collector's office or state 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 click here.
Note: For disabled drivers, please see disability plates and fees.
WHAT TO DO WITH PLATES WHEN BUYING/SELLING A VEHICLE
Under Mississippi 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.