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Personalized (Vanity) License Plates

Due to challenges with production, the time allotted for the processing of Personalized (Vanity) Plates may extend beyond the normal 4-6 weeks. If you have any questions about an order that has already been placed, contact COVID19MVAAction@mdot.maryland.gov


How do I ob​tain personalized message (vanity) license plates?

Personalized message (vanity) license plates have the customer’s special message imprinted on them.  Depending upon the vehicle, you may request a message with at least 2 and up to 7 characters (numbers and/or letters).  The MVA reserves the right to decline a requested message because it has already been issued or because it is objectionable.  Note that it takes approximately 4 to 6 weeks for you to receive the plates.

You can apply for the plates online through the MVA's website or in person at any of the MVA’s full service branch offices. You also can mail your application to the MVA’s Specialty Tag Unit in the Glen Burnie office, or go to an MVA licensed tag and title service where they will assist you in applying. 

Typically, the application documents needed include:

Vehicles in the following classes are permitted to display personalized message license plates:

  • A (passenger car)
  • M (multi-purpose vehicle)
  • D (motorcycle) where applicable
  • EPO (truck with a one ton or less manufacturer’s rate capacity)
  • G (non-freight trailers)
  • L (historic vehicle)
  • N (street rod).

Note:  Class G, Class L and Class N personalized plates will be issued on the black and white background.​

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