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All vehicles owned by New Hampshire residents must be registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles.

You can apply in person and if eligible, you can obtain specialty or personalized license plates for your vehicle.

Sample New Hampshire License Plate

Types of License Plates in New Hampshire

Vehicles in the state of New Hampshire must display license plates on the front and rear of their vehicles. Motorcycles and trailers are only required to have license plates on the back.

There are various types of license plates in New Hampshire, such as:

  • Standard License Plates (has scenic background with dark green lettering)
  • Specialty License Plates (see Specialty License Plates in New Hampshire)
  • Personalized License Plates (see Personalized License Plates in New Hampshire)
  • Disability License Plates and Placards (see Disability License Plates in New Hampshire)

When you purchase a new vehicle, you may require temporary plates to drive legally and until your vehicle’s registration has been completed. Temporary plates cost $10 and are valid for 20 days.

How to Apply for License Plates in New Hampshire

You must register your vehicle with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in New Hampshire.

You must register your vehicle:

  • Within 20 days of purchase, or
  • Within 60 days of becoming a new resident

Applications can be made in person at the nearest DMV. You will be required to submit the following:

  • Application documents
  • Proof of title and vehicle ownership
  • Valid ID (i.e. New Hampshire Driver’s License)
  • Insurance for vehicle
  • Payment for fees (see Summary of Fees for License Plates in New Hampshire)

Upon successful registration of your vehicle, you can receive standard license plates to secure to your vehicle. If you have applied for specialty, personalized, or disability license plates, you are required to use a temporary plate until your new ones have arrived.

Specialty License Plates in New Hampshire

There are a variety of specialty license plates available in the state of New Hampshire. The following are examples of some of the license plates you can apply for:

  • Military License Plates. For those who were enrolled in the U.S. military to showcase your service, honors, or experience.
    • Purple Heart
    • Ex-Prisoner of War
    • National Guard
    • U.S. Army
  • Supportive License Plates. For those who wish to show their support to a local charity or cause.
    • Support Our Troops
    • Conservation Parks Plate
    • State Park
  • Vintage License Plates. For those who own an antique or vintage vehicle.
    • Hot rods
    • Classic car

When applying for a specialty plate, you may be required to submit supporting document to pass eligibility criteria. For example, military license plates require active or past enrollment with the U.S. forces.

You are also required to make an additional payment for these plates. For example. The State Park Plate requires an annual fee of $85.

Personalized License Plates in New Hampshire

If you want to add a personalized license plate to your vehicle, you can look up available plate numbers online.

There are guidelines required by the DMV which state that plate numbers must:

  • Have up to 7 characters
  • Use Letters with a combination of numbers
  • Not have profanity or inappropriate messages

You may be required to submit your reasoning as to why you want to personalize your license plate. All applications are reviewed and approved by the DMV.

The cost for personalization is $40 in addition to any standard registration fees.

Disability License Plates in New Hampshire

For people with disabilities, special license plates and placards are issued by the DMV.

If you have a disability, you must submit the appropriate documentation to be eligible to receive these plates.

Disability license plates and placards are issued for the following reasons:

  • Disability license plates for people with permanent disabilities, military veterans, and service vehicles driving people with disabilities.
  • Placards for people with temporary and permanent disabilities.

Those who are issued a disability placard must hang them from their rear view mirror and keep them visible at all times.

Renewing License Plates in New Hampshire

Before your license plates expire, you are required to renew your vehicle with the DMV either in person, online, or by mail.

You’ll be given a new set of decals which you can apply to your rear vehicle.

Transferring License Plates in New Hampshire

If you have purchased a new vehicle in your name, it is permissible to transfer your license plates. You are not allowed to transfer your license plates to another person when you sell your vehicle to someone else.

You can apply for a transfer when you register your new vehicle with the DMV.

If you are not going to transfer your license plates after purchasing a new vehicle, you may be required to surrender your license plates.

Surrendering License Plates in New Hampshire

You may have to surrender your license plates if the following occurs:

  1. You move out of state
  2. You cancel your vehicle’s insurance
  3. You sell your vehicle and do not transfer them to a new vehicle

Contact your local DMV office in your county to get more information about surrendering license plates.

Replacement License Plates in New Hampshire

If your license plates have been lost, damaged, or stolen you can apply for replacement plates with the DMV.

You must file for a replacement and surrender any plates (if damaged). There is also a replacement fee of $4 for new plates and $1 for new decals.

Looking up License Plate Numbers in New Hampshire

It is possible to look up license plates in the state of New Hampshire.

If you are looking for available plate numbers, you can use FindByPlate to search in your state or any state across the U.S.

You can also use FindByPlate to obtain additional information about a vehicle and the license plate registered to it.