NH 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 DMV office.
- Present proper forms of ID.
- Hand in any remaining license plates.
- Fill in the Application for Replacement Plates And/Or Decals.
- Pay the license plate replacement fees of $1 for standard plates.
CUSTOM AND PERSONALIZED PLATES
These are the different types of plates in the regular series: Passenger, Commercial, Trailers and Motorcycles. Application forms are available at your local DMV office. Fill them in and submit with the appropriate fees (see below).
Special Interest Plates
The following is a list of some examples of special interest plates: Collegiate, Veteran, Conservation, Disabled Veteran, Regular Veteran, Purple Heart, Pearl Harbor Survivor, POW, Antique and Street Rod. Click here to access the Initial Plate application form for special interest license plates. You can search for the different plates offered by accessing New Hampshire's Registration Bureau, where plates are divided by vehicle type and interest. When you have completed the forms, take them to your local DMV office and submit them with the appropriate fees (see below). You may also request license plates through one of New Hampshire's licensed online municipal agents, a list of who can be accessed here.
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 see the different plate instructions as stated above.
Note: For disabled drivers, please see disability plates application form and fees.
WHAT TO DO WITH PLATES WHEN BUYING/SELLING A VEHICLE
Under New Hampshire Law it is mandatory to retain license plates from a vehicle when selling. The plates may be transferred to another vehicle or surrendered at your local DMV office.