If you drive a car, truck, van, or motorcycle in Mississippi, you’re required to register your vehicle and obtain license plates from the Department of Revenue.
When applying for your license plates, you can choose specialty plates or personalize them with a unique plate number.
When you register your vehicle with the Department of Revenue in Mississippi, you can apply for the following types of license plates:
Some license plates may have fees in addition to the standard registration costs.
After your application has been approved and you have received your plates, you must:
With your registered plates on your vehicle, you’re able to drive legally on the road until the expiration date on the decals.
When you purchase a new vehicle or bring your out-of-state vehicle into Mississippi, you must register it with the DOR.
You may have to visit the DOR in advance to pick up temporary license plates for your vehicle. Temporary license plates are valid for 7 days, allowing you to pick up your vehicle and drive legally until your vehicle’s registration is completed.
To apply for license plates in Mississippi, simply visit a DOR office and file the appropriate application forms. If you’re a new resident, you have 30 days to register your out-of-state vehicle. If you recently purchased a new vehicle, you have 7 days.
If you want to personalize your license plate with a custom plate number, you must follow these guidelines provided by the Mississippi DOR:
The cost for personalized plates is $31 in addition to standard registration fees. You should always look up available license plates before applying.
The following is a list of available specialty plates provided by the Mississippi DOR:
Each plate has different fees in addition to the standard plate registration fees required. Contact the nearest DOR office for more details and a complete list of all specialty plates available.
In Mississippi, you cannot transfer your license plates to a new vehicle or a new owner. Your plates remain with you.
When you purchase a new vehicle, you can transfer your plates accordingly.
You must surrender your license plates if:
When you no longer need your license plates, you can surrender them to the nearest office by mail or in person.
It is possible to receive a refund for any unused credits on your registration. Please visit the DOR office to apply for a refund.
If your plates have been lost, damaged, or stolen, you should replace them immediately. If your plates were stolen, you must report this to the police and obtain the appropriate forms from your county’s tax collection office.
The costs for replacing license plates in Mississippi are:
It may take time to issue new license plates if you had personalized or custom plates and wish to replace these.
Renewing your vehicle's registration can be done:
Simply submit any required documents and pay the renewal fee to receive your new decals. You can place the new decals directly on top of the old ones.
The following are just some of the fees you’ll be required to pay when registering your vehicle in Mississippi:
For more specialty plate fees, contact the DOR
When you register your vehicle, you may also be expected to pay taxes and other state fees. You can find more information by contacting your local DOR office.
In Mississippi, you can look up license plates using FindByPlate. You can find available plate numbers for personalizing your license plate.
FindByPlate also lets you see additional background information about a vehicle that is registered to a particular plate number.