MDOT MVA offers two different background scene plates – the Chesapeake Bay Plate and the Agricultural Plate. The following vehicles are eligible to purchase these plates:
Class A, passenger cars
Class M, multi-purpose vehicle
Class EFT, (Agricultural plate only)
Class EPO, trucks up to 1 ton (up to 26,000 lbs.)
Class G, trailer
Vehicles with plates for individuals with disabilities or personalized plates can obtain Chesapeake Bay or Agricultural Plates. Seven (7) character personalized plates will
not include the blue heron. In addition to the annual registration fee, there is an additional yearly fee for personalized plates.
There is an initial fee for purchasing either the Chesapeake Bay Commemorative Plate or the Agricultural Plate. In addition to the initial fee there is an annual fee that goes directly to the Chesapeake Bay Trust and/or the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation.
Chesapeake Bay Plate
To Request a Background Scene Plate
There are several different options for obtaining a background scene plate:
Order Online Here
- By mail – complete and sign the application. A separate application and fee are needed for each set of plates. Mail the completed application and a check or money order to the MVA and the plates will be mailed to you. (Please note: Plates have an additional yearly renewal fee.)
If you are renewing your registration at the same time, include your renewal notice and registration fee along with the additional plate fee.
Make check payable to MVA. Checks must include imprinted name and address, MD ID (Driver’s License Number), and home and/or work phone number.
On receipt of your Chesapeake Bay or Agricultural Plates, immediately return the license plate(s) presently on your vehicle to any MDOT MVA office for cancellation.
For More Information
For more information about either the Chesapeake Bay Trust or the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation, please click on their logo below.