Special Plates FAQ
 
 
Remembering Victims of Impaired Drivers
These plates are available for passenger vehicles at all deputy registrar locations for a fee or $10 plus a $10 filing fee. This category is open to all.
Support Our Troops Plates
These plates are available online when you renew passenger vehicle registration and at all deputy registrar locations.
  • May be displayed on passenger vehicles, one-ton pickups and recreational vehicles and motorcycles.
  • Initial Application Fees: $10 plate fee, $10.00 filing fee, $30 contribution fee.
  • Contribution: The minimum annual contribution is $30, which is due with your initial application and each registration renewal. You may contribute more if you wish. Your contribution is split between the Department of Military Affairs for financial support of military families and the Department of Veteran Affairs for grant programs for homeless and needy veterans.
  • You may order the plates with a disability decal if you qualify for disability plates. You must apply by mail or at a deputy registrar office. Please submit a completed Application for Special Plates (PS2010).
Critical Habitat Plates
These plates are available at any deputy registrar office.
  • May be displayed on any passenger class vehicle.
  • Initial Application Fees: $10 plate fee, $10.00 filing fee; $30 contribution fee.
  • Contribution: The minimum annual contribution is $30, which is due with your initial application and each registration renewal. You may contribute more if you wish. Your contribution helps the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources purchase critical resource lands and improve habitat for fish, wildlife, and native plants.
  • You have a choice of a Loon, Deer, Anglers, Chickadee, Ladyslipper, or Buck design. Indicate your choice at the time of application.
  • You may order the plates with a disability decal if you qualify for disability plates. You must apply by mail or at a deputy registrar office. Please submit a completed Application for Special Plates (PS2010).
Personalized Plates
You must apply for personalized plates at a deputy registrar office or by mailing an Application for Special Plates (PS2010) and appropriate fees to:
     Driver and Vehicle Services
     445 Minnesota Street, Suite 164
     St. Paul, MN 55101.
  • May be displayed on passenger class vehicles, one-ton pickups, motorcycles and self-propelled recreational vehicles (any gross weight).
  • Fees: Initial application $100 plus $10 filing fee.
  • Maximum number of characters allowed on license plate (including spaces and/or hyphens) is seven (7) for passenger class vehicles and six (6) for all others.
  • DVS will not issue a plate that replicates any existing series of license plates or a series reserved for future use.
  • Your plate choice must include at least one alpha character.
  • For more information regarding personalized plates please refer to the Special Plate Application. Click Here for Application Form.
Personalized Vertical Motorcycle Plates
A personalized Motorcycle plate with the letters and numbers printed vertically may be purchased for $100 plus a $10 filing fee. The plate is limited to 4 characters and must contain at least one alpha character. Duplicate replacement plates also cost $100.
Collector Vehicle Registration
Applications for registration in one of the collector classes must be made at a deputy registrar office or by mailing an Application to Title/Register a Motor Vehicle (PS2000) and appropriate fees to:
     Driver and Vehicle Services
     445 Minnesota Street, Suite 164
     St. Paul, MN 55101.
  • Vehicles registered in any of the collector classes are restricted to operation solely as a collector item. These vehicles cannot be used for general transportation purposes.
  • You will be issued a 60-day permit if applying at a deputy registrar office so you may operate the vehicle until you receive your license plates in the mail.
  • Initial Application Fees: $15.00 for double plates, $13.50 for a single plate, $25 one-time registration tax ($10 for Classic Motorcycle) plus a $10 filing fee.
  • Collector plates may be personalized. See the Personalized Plates section above for fees and restrictions.
  • For additional information about the following Collector Classes please visit your local motor vehicle office or email dvs.motor.vehicles@state.mn.us.
 Collector Classes and Requirements
 Pioneer Plates
 
  • May be displayed on any motor vehicle (except recreational) manufactured prior to 1936.
 Classic Plates
 
  • May be displayed on any motor vehicle manufactured between and including the years 1925-1948, designated as a classic car under Minnesota Statutes, section 168.10 subdivision 1b, excluding any type of commercial or recreational vehicle.
 Collector Plates
 
  • May be displayed on any motor vehicle (except recreational) that is at least 20 model years old and manufactured after 1935.
  • At the time of application, owners must certify that they have one or more vehicles registered with regular Minnesota license plates.
 Street Rod Plates
 
  • May be displayed on any modernized motor vehicle manufactured prior to the year 1949 or any motor vehicle designed and manufactured to resemble a motor vehicle manufactured prior to 1949.
  • At the time of application, owners must certify that they have one or more vehicles registered with regular Minnesota license plates.
 Classic Motorcycle Plates
 
  • May be displayed on any motorcycle that is at least 20 model years old, original in appearance, and owned solely as a collector's item.
  • At the time of application, owners must certify that they have one or more vehicles registered with regular Minnesota license plates.
 Original Minnesota Plates
 
  • Original Plates are not plates issued by Driver and Vehicle Services.
  • Original plates are plates originally issued by the State of Minnesota with an issue year that is the same as the vehicle model year, or that display a tab or registration sticker that is the same as the vehicle model year (i.e., an original 1965 license plate with a 1966 validation sticker may be used on a 1966 vehicle).
  • May be displayed on any vehicle that qualifies for collector registration or is at least 20 years old registered in the passenger class.
  • The original plate cannot conflict with a license plate series currently in use, or reserved for use by the department.
  • Original plates cannot be displayed until the Driver and Vehicle Services Division approves the application.
  • Plates made for novelty or collector purposes are not allowed to be displayed on the vehicle while it is operating on streets and highways.
Veteran Plates
You must apply for Veteran plates at a deputy registrar office or by mailing an application and appropriate fees to:
     Driver and Vehicle Services
     445 Minnesota Street, Suite 164
     St. Paul, MN 55101.
  • May be displayed on any passenger class vehicles, one-ton pickups, or self-propelled recreational vehicle, owned or jointly owned by a veteran.
  • Initial Application Fees: $10 plate fee, $10.00 filing fee. (There is no fee for an Ex-POW or Medal of Honor Plate.)
  • Plates may be ordered with a disability symbol if you qualify for a disability license plate.
  • Applicant must supply a copy of their separation papers (DD214) showing discharge under honorable conditions or if still in the military, a current military ID. Laos veterans will need to supply a copy of the Laos War Veteran Certificate or similar document proving service.
  • For more information about Veteran plates, please refer to the Special Plate Application. Click Here for Application Form.
Iraq: DD214 must state that applicant was a recipient of Iraq Campaign Medal. (Motorcycle plates also available.)
Afghan: DD214 must state that applicant was a recipient of the Afghanistan Campaign Medal. (Motorcycle plates also available.)
Global War on Terrorism: DD214 must indicate that applicant was a recipient of the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary or Service Medal. (Motorcycle plates also available.)
World War II: Required dates of service:
December 7, 1941 through December 31, 1946.
Pearl Harbor Survivor: You must have been stationed on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, or offshore during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and a member of a Pearl Harbor Survivor organization.
Korea: Required dates of service:
June 27, 1950, through January 31, 1955.
Vietnam: Required dates of service:
July, 1 1961, through June 30, 1978.
Gulf War: You must have been issued the Southwest Asia Service Medal after August 1, 1990, for service during operation Desert Shield, Desert Storm, or any other military action in the Persian Gulf. (Motorcycle plates also available.)
Laos War: Required dates of service:
July 1, 1961 and June 30, 1978.
Combat Wounded (Purple Heart): Your separation papers must indicate that you were awarded the Purple Heart, or you must have a document from the Veteran's Administration.
Ex-POW: You are eligible if you were a member of the military forces of the United States and were captured, separated and incarcerated by an enemy of the United States during a period of armed conflict. Your application must be verified by the commissioner of Veteran's Affairs, whose signature must appear in Section D of the application form.
Medal of Honor: Medal of Honor license plates are issued to the recipients of the Medal of Honor. Original, duplicate, or replacement plates are issued free of charge, and no registration tax is due. Only one set of plates may be issued. An application may only be made at the time of first registration or renewal of registration.
Silver Star: DD214 must state applicant was awarded the Silver Star Medal.
Bronze Star: DD214 must state applicant was awarded the Bronze Star.
Korean Defense Service Medal: DD214 must state applicant was awarded the Korean Defense Service Medal. (Motorcycle plates also available.)
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal: DD214 must state applicant was awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.
American Legion/Veterans of Foreign Wars/
Disabled American Veterans:
You must be a member of the Veteran Service Organization and, at the time of application, you must submit a copy of your membership card for the appropriate organization.
Proud to Be a Veteran: There is no date of service restriction. A one-time $30 donation is due at the time of initial application. The contribution benefits the Minnesota WWII memorial fund and programs for Veterans and their families. (Motorcycle plates also available.)
Gold Star Family License Plates: Plates may be issued to the Surviving Spouse, Parents, Children, or siblings (Brother or Sister) of a soldier who died in service. There is no charge for the plates themselves but a $10 filing fee is still collected and yearly vehicle registration costs are not affected. Applicant must provide the name of the armed forces member and a copy of the Military Form DD1300 "Report of Casualty" or DD2064 "Certificate of Death."
Other Specialty Plates
The following specialty plates are also available. You must apply for these plates at a deputy registrar office or by mailing an application and appropriate fees to:
     Driver and Vehicle Services
     445 Minnesota Street, Suite 164
     St. Paul, MN 55101.
 Amateur Radio
 These plates carry the call letter of the owner's station (e.g., KAŘABC). They may be issued to passenger class vehicles or self propelled recreational vehicles (any gross weight). You can have your call letters made up for a maximum of two vehicles. The second set must be clearly marked with a "-1." The vehicle and the FCC license must be in the name of the amateur radio operators name and he/she must show their FCC license at the time of application.
  • Initial Plate Fee: $10 plus a $10 filing fee.
 Citizen Band (CB)
 These plates indicate the call letter of the CB operator. They may be issued to passenger class vehicles or self propelled recreational vehicles (any gross weight). The FCC Class D license and the vehicle title must be in the citizen band operator's name.
  • Initial Plate Fee: $10 plus a $10 filing fee.
 Collegiate
 Plates may be displayed on any passenger class vehicle. A minimum contribution of $25 is collected at the time of initial application and at each registration renewal. This contribution is deposited to the scholarship account of the participating baccalaureate degree-granting college, university, or post-secondary system. You do not need to be an alumni. See the License Plate Brochure for participating schools.
 Firefighter Plates
 Plates may be issued to passenger class vehicles and one-ton pickups. You must be the owner of the vehicle and a member of a fire department receiving state aid. You must provide a letter from the Fire Chief attesting you are a member of the department. Plates may only be displayed while you are an active member. (Motorcycle plates also available.)
 National Guard
 Plates may be issued to the owner of a passenger class vehicle. You must certify that you are a regular enlisted, commissioned, or retired member of the Minnesota National Guard, other than an inactive member who is not a retired member.
 Ready Reserve
 Plates may be issued to the owner of a passenger class vehicle. You must certify that you a member of the U.S. Armed Forces Ready Reserve as described in U.S. code, title 10, section 268.
 Volunteer Ambulance License Attendant
 Plates may be issued to the owner of a passenger class vehicle. You must be a volunteer ambulance attendant to qualify for these plates. You must certify your status on your application form.
 
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