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22 Apr

License Plates & Placards in Massachusetts

 Page Overview

Standard Massachusetts license plates are easy to get from the Registry of Motor Vehicles and are relatively inexpensive.

It costs $50 to get your first set of plates―Massachusetts requires both front and rear plates―and $50 for renewal. But Massachusetts offers a lot of options for vehicle owners to show their allegiances with fellow veterans, their favorite sports teams and the environment. Or you can create your own vanity plate. Of course, many of these plates are more expensive, but often the fees help pay for associated charities and funds.

Disabled Plates and Placards

Massachusetts offers three options to disabled drivers that will allow them to qualify for handicapped parking and other privileges:

  • Disability plates: Disability plates are issued only to people with disabilities who
    own vehicles and have their names on the vehicle titles, or parents, spouses or legal guardians of family members with disabilities.
  • Disability veteran plates: Same as disability plates, only with a veteran’s designation. These are available only to veterans with a letter of support from the Veterans Administration, who already qualify for or hold disability plates.
  • Disability placard: Placards are temporary or portable disability designations for motor vehicles. These can be issued to qualified disabled people who do not own vehicles or to drivers who might only be temporarily disabled.

To obtain Massachusetts disability plates, a placard or a disabled veteran plate, you must be a Massachusetts resident. Also, a Massachusetts registered and licensed doctor, chiropractor, or nurse practitioner must certify that you meet certain conditions.

Massachusetts Vanity Plates

You can purchase vanity plates for any private passenger, commercial, motorcycle, livery, bus, camper or antique vehicles registered in Massachusetts. Check the availability of your desired personalization online first.

You can then order plates at any RMV office or through the telephone center. You simply turn in your application and pay the plate fees and a $20 swap fee. Allow 12 to 14 weeks for delivery.

Massachusetts Specialized Plate Options

Massachusetts has a variety of special license plate options available to the general public for different fees. These plates allow vehicle owners to contribute money and show allegiance to favorite causes. Current plates offered include the following:

Specialty plate numbers are randomly assigned, so you cannot personalize them.

Veterans License Plates in Massachusetts

Veterans of the Armed Forces can be eligible for special Massachusetts license plates, including the following:

  • Veteran plate: Any veteran is eligible for this plate for an automobile or motorcycle. Proceeds from the veteran plate fee benefit the Soldiers’ Homes in Chelsea and Holyoke.
  • Ex-POW plate: One Ex-POW license plate may be issued (without charge) to a former prisoner of war. Presentation of satisfactory evidence of prisoner of war status is required. A surviving spouse will be able to keep this plate, but an annual fee would then be required.
  • Medal of Honor plate: One Congressional Medal of Honor plate, bearing the recipient’s initials followed by the letters “CMH,” may be issued free to any veteran who has been awarded the congressional Medal of Honor. A surviving spouse will be able to keep this plate, but will be subject to an annual fee for the plate.
  • Legion of Valor plate: One Legion of Valor license plate may be issued free to those veterans who can provide satisfactory evidence of membership in the Legion of Valor of the United States of America. A surviving spouse will be able to keep this plate, but will be subject to an annual fee for the plate.
  • Purple Heart plate: One Purple Heart license plate may be issued free to those veterans who have been awarded the “Purple Heart” medal. A surviving spouse will be able to keep this plate, but will be subject to an annual fee for the plate.
  • Pearl Harbor Survivor plate: All military personnel on active duty at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, as verified by the Department of Defense, are eligible for this plate free of charge. A surviving spouse will be able to keep this plate, but will be subject to an annual fee for the plate.
  • Silver Star, Bronze Star, or Distinguished Flying Cross plate: One plate may be issued free to a veteran who has been awarded the Silver Star medal, Bronze Star medal, or Distinguished Flying Cross medal. In addition, a surviving spouse will be able to keep this plate, but an annual fee would then be required.
  • Gold Star Family plate: One Gold Star Family license plate may be issued free to the parents, children, or spouse of a member of the U.S. Armed Forces killed in action.

Please visit the Secretary of State’s website for more information about Veterans and Disabled Veterans license plates.

Antique Plates

You can apply for antique plates if your vehicle is at least 25 years old and is used only for exhibitions, parades, car club functions, and other public events.

To apply for an antique plate or a year-of-manufacture plate (indicates exact year that your antique car was manufactured), complete an Antique Plate Application and have it notarized. Then drop it off, along with all applicable fees, to your nearest RMV office.

Surrendering License Plates

The state requires Massachusetts residents to return their license plates after relocating to another state. Learn more on our MA License Plate Surrender page.

 Ordering Special Plate – Introduction  

Please read before ordering a Special Plate:

This transaction allows you to order Basketball Hall of Fame, Blackstone Valley, Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics, Cape Cod & Islands, Choose Life, Conquer Cancer Coalition, Cure Breast Cancer, Firefighters Memorial, Fish & Wildlife, Invest in Children, Olympic Spirit, Massachusetts Animal Coalition, Fenway Park, New England Patriots, Red Sox, Right Whale, or United We Stand plates. Special plates are randomly assigned. You may not request a particular plate number or retain your current plate number. You must meet the following criteria:

  1. Your registration must be active and in good standing. You can check the status of your registration online
  2. You must be the registered owner of the vehicle.
  3. The Massachusetts license number used on this form should match the license number of one of the registered owners.

You will need your current Massachusetts registration number, plate type and expiration date to process your order.

Important Notes:

  • Company-owned and Leased vehicles cannot order special plates on-line.
  • Your new plates, registration and decal will be mailed to your current address on file with the RMV. Please update your address PRIOR to starting this transaction.You may change your mailing address online
  • If your current registration expires in the current month, and today’s date is greater than the 15th, you will not be able to process your transaction via the Internet.

Your new plates, registration and decal will be mailed to you within ten business days.Image

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