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If you want to obtain license plates in Vermont, you must visit a Department of Motor Vehicles office.

In addition to the standard license plate, it is possible to register specialty styles of plates. If you want personalized license plates with a custom plate number, you should look up available numbers online.

Sample Vermont License Plate

Sample Vermont License Plate

Types of License Plates in Vermont

All vehicles being used on roads in Vermont must have license plates. Residents should register their vehicles with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

The DMV will issue two license plates for most vehicles, which are meant to be secured to the front and rear bumpers. The following vehicles are only issued one license plate:

  • Motorcycle
  • Tractor truck
  • Semi Trailer
  • Trailer

You will also receive registration stickers, which must be clearly visible in the appropriate spots on the rear plate.

The following types of license plates are available for registration in Vermont:

  • The state’s standard license plates
  • Specialty license plates
  • Disability license plates
  • Personalized license plates

Temporary plates are offered to those who have to transport their vehicle from the point of purchase to the DMV office for registration.

Vehicles Requiring License Plates in Vermont

If you own any of the following vehicles, you are required to have them registered with the DMV:

  • Agricultural vehicles
  • All-terrain vehicles
  • Antique vehicles
  • Vehicles for farm Use only
  • Farm tractor
  • Homemade vehicles
  • Logging truck
  • Motor-driven cycle
  • Motorcycle
  • School bus
  • Street rod
  • Tractor
  • Trailer
  • Truck

Applying for License Plates in Vermont

Vehicles being purchased must be registered immediately and must display temporary plates in order to be legally drive on the roads in Vermont.

New residents have 60 days to register any out-of-state vehicle.

Applications for license plates must be made in person.

Specialty License Plates in Vermont

Specialty license plates allow you to show your support to a charity, organization, group, cause, and more. You can submit an application for specialty plates either online or in person.

The following are a few examples of specialty license plates in Vermont:

  • Organizations:
    • American Legion Plates
    • Freemasons Plates
    • Lions Club International Plates
    • Rotary International Plates
  • Safety/Service Organizations:
    • Amateur Radio Operator Plates
    • EMT Plates
    • National Ski Patrol Plates
    • Professional Firefighters Plates
  • Special Fund:
    • Building Bright Futures Plates
    • Conservation Style Plates
  • Military:
    • Ex-POW Plates
    • Veteran of War Plates
    • Purple Heart Plates

All these plates have varying fees, which depend on the plate type. Some plates may require additional documentation to verify eligibility. For example, EMT workers must show proof of employment.

Personalized License Plates in Vermont

Personalized license plates allow you to choose a custom plate number. When submitting an application, you must following the DMC’s guidelines:

  • Can only use a combination of letters, numbers, or spaces
  • Limit of two numbers in combination with letters.
  • “0” is the same as “O”
  • No special characters allowed
  • Not permitted to start with the letter Z
  • Single letter plates can be registered (except, “I”, “J”, “O”, “Z”)

Other guidelines state that personalized plates must not have any profanity or indecent suggestions. Nor can they resemble services provided, like police, security, etc.

Disability License Plates in Vermont

People with permanent or temporary disabilities can apply for disability license plates or placards.

The license plates are provided for those with personament disabilities and for vehicles required to transport people with disabilities.

The placards must be displayed visibly in the rear view mirror to avoid ticketing when parking in designated disability parking spaces.

Transferring License Plates in Vermont

If you buy a new vehicle, you can transfer your old plates. All you have to do is provide payment of a transfer while registering your new vehicle.

License plates may not be transferred to a new owner.

Surrendering License Plates in Vermont

License plates must be surrendered if:

  • You move to a new state
  • You no longer need your plates
  • Your plates are damaged and you have applied for replacements

You must send your license plates to the DMV, by mail or in person, along with completed forms to cancel your registration.

You may be required to submit an explanation, and you may also be eligible to receive a refund if there are unused registration fees.

Replacement License Plates in Vermont

Replacement license plates can be obtained from the DMV if they have been:

  • Lost
  • Stolen
  • Damaged
  • Worn out

You will be required to submit an application form for replacement of damaged, stolen, or lost plates. A replacement fee of $12 per plate is required.

Renewing License Plates in Vermont

All vehicles should be on the road with up-to-date registered plates and decals. Plates should be renewed before their registration expires.

License plate renewals can be completed:

  • In person
  • By mail
  • Online

Failure to renew stickers can results in additional fees from the DMV.

Summary of Fees for License Plates in Vermont

Costs for license plate registration and renewal varies by vehicle type and plate type. Here are a few of the fees required:

  • Vehicle Registration Fee:
    • E.g., Gas/Diesel Vehicle: $76 for 1 year | $140 for 2 years
  • Duplicate fee:
    • Vehicles: $16
    • ATV: $6
  • Transfer Fee:
    • Vehicles: $25
    • ATV: $12
  • Examples of Specialty Plates
  • Personalized License Plates:
    • Conservation plate: $26
    • Organizational plate: $17

Contact a DMV office in Vermont to obtain a complete list of fees and required payments for registration.

Looking Up License Plates in Vermont

If you want to see whether a license plate is available for personalization, use the search bar above.

You can also receive information about a vehicle, such as:

  • Vehicle history
  • Submitted reports
  • Media (photos, videos, etc.)

You may be able to receive information that a vehicle was stolen or damaged in the past.