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When you register your vehicle with the Division of Motor Vehicles in Utah, you will receive a standard issued plate.

You can apply for specialty plates with custom emblems or designs. People with disabilities can apply for special plates and placards. Also, most plates in the state of Utah can be personalized with a custom plate number.

Renewals and replacements can all be made in person, by mail, or online.

Sample Utah License Plate

Sample Utah License Plate

Applying for License Plates in Utah

Vehicles in the state of Utah must be registered with the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

If you are a new resident, you must register your out-of-state vehicle within 60 days. Residents who purchase a new vehicle must also register their vehicle promptly.

Vehicles purchased from a dealership may provide you with temporary license plates to allow you time to complete your registration. When purchasing vehicles from a private seller, you need to obtain temporary license plates in advance from an authorised provider.

Temporary license plates allow your vehicle to operate legally on Utah roads for up to 15 days.

You can register your vehicle in person at a DMV office in your county.

Types of License Plates in Utah

In addition to the standard license plate issued by the DMV in Utah, you can also apply for the following types of license plates:

  • Specialty License Plates
  • Disability License Plates
  • Personalized License Plates

These license plates require additional fees along with the standard registration fees.

Specialty License Plates in Utah

Specialty plates in the state of Utah can be registered for an additional fee and may require proof of eligibility. The following are some of the plates available:

  • Military License Plates. Honorary license plates for U.S. military personnel. Requires proof of enlistment or discharge papers. Examples:
    • Ex-POW Plates
    • Bronze Star Plates
  • Occupational License Plates. Special plates with designs and emblems for occupations. Requires proof of employment. Examples:
    • EMT Plates
    • Firefighter Plates
  • Vintage License Plates. For vehicles 30 years and older. Examples:
    • Antique Vehicles Plates
    • Street Rod Plates
  • Collegiate License Plates. Supports universities, colleges, sororities and fraternities. Example:
    • Utah State University Plates
    • Salt Lake City Community College Plates
  • Special Causes License Plates. Supports charities, non-profits, and special causes. Examples:
    • Cancer Research Plates
    • Shriners Society Plates

Specialty license plate fees vary by type and are in addition to regular registration fees. For a complete list of specialty license plates available in Utah, contact a DMV office.

Disability License Plates in Utah

If you have a disability and medical documentation, it is possible to obtain disability license plates or placards from the DMV.

People with permanent and temporary disabilities can be issued a placard for free. People with permanent disabilities and veterans with disabilities can obtain these plates for $16.

Personalized License Plates in Utah

If you want to personalize your license plate with custom plate numbers, you must follow the DMV’s guidelines. Personalized license plates in Utah must:

  • Use up to 7 characters (standard plates)
  • Not contain profanity
  • Not contain misleading suggestions (e.g., E M T)
  • Be availble to register

You can look up available license plate numbers online.

The fees for specialty license plates are:

  • $60 to register
  • $10 to renew

Note: Registration fees, service fees, and taxes are not included in the above fees.

Transferring Utah License Plates in Utah

If you sell or trade your vehicle, you must keep your license plates. When you register a new vehicle, you may be eligible to transfer your previous plates.

Surrendering License Plates in Utah

You must surrender your license plates to a DMV office if you:

  • Move out of state
  • Cancel your vehicle’s insurance
  • No longer need them
  • Apply for replacement of damaged plates

If you are unable to surrender your plates, you may be required to destroy them.

Contact your local DMV office for more information for surrendering your license plates in Utah.

Replacement License Plates in Utah

If your license plates are damaged, stolen, or lost, you can apply for replacements with the DMV:

  • In person
  • By mail
  • Online

You will be required to submit the following in order to receive replacement plates:

  • Proof of registration card or license plate number
  • Application for replacement plates
  • Payment of replacement fees

Renewing License Plates in Utah

The decal stickers on the rear plate indicate when your vehicle’s registration is about to expire. You should renew your vehicle’s registration in advance to avoid late fees.

Plate renewals can be made either in person, online, or by mail.

When renewing license plates online or by mail, you may have to wait 1 to 3 weeks for the new decal stickers to arrive. Your new decals can be placed directly over the old ones.

Paying for License Plates in Utah

It is possible to make payments for license plates in Utah with:

  • Credit card
  • Money order or check
  • Cash

You are not permitted to send cash in the mail but instead should use money orders or checks for the DMV.

Summary of Fees for Utah License Plates

Vehicles in Utah will be charged a fee based strictly on their age. The following fees are required for passenger vehicles:

  • Less than 3 years old: $150
  • 3 to 6 years old: $110
  • 6 to 9 years old: $80
  • 9 to 12 years old: $50
  • More than 12 years old: $10

Other fees include:

  • Replacement:
    • License Plate Fee: $11
    • Decals: $5
  • Temporary License Plates: $6
  • Personalized License Plates:
    • Register: $60
    • Renew: $10

Additional registration costs may include:

  • Fee-in-lieu of property tax (for trucks and commercial trailers)

If you are required to submit an emissions test, the maximum fee is $20.

Looking up License Plates in Utah

Looking up license plates in Utah can be done easily and accurately with the search bar above. Simply add the plate number you want to find, and select “Utah.”