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Private four-year college and university license plates

Order your personalized and specialy plates online today!
Buena Vista University
Beavers

Buena Vista University
Beavers plate
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Central College
Dutch

Central College Dudtch plate
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Coe College
Kohawks

Coe College Kohawks plate
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Cornell College Rams

Cornell College Rams
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Des Moines University

Des Moines University
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Dordt College
Defenders

Dordt College Defenders
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Drake University
Bulldogs

Drake University Bulldogs
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Graceland University
Yellowjackets

Graceland University Yellowjackets
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Grand View University
Vikings

Grand View University Vikings
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Loras College
Duhawks

Loras College Duhawks
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Luther College
Norse

Luther College Norse
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Mount Mercy University
Mustangs

Mount Mercy University Mustangs
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Northwestern College Red Raiders
Northwestern College Red Raiders
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Palmer College of Chiropractic
Palmer College of Chiropractic
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Saint Ambrose University
Fighting Bees

Saint Ambrose University Fighting Bees
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Simpson College
Simpson College
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University of Dubuque

Upper Iowa University Peacocks
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Upper Iowa University
Peacocks

Upper Iowa University Peacocks
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Wartburg College
Knights

Wartburg College Knights
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William Penn Statesmen
William Penn Statesmen
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Eligible vehicles Passenger
Trucks
Truck/Truck tractors
Trailers and travel trailers
Numbered plate fee
  • $25 initial fee
  • $5 annual registration fee at the time of renewal
  • Annual registration renewal fee
Plates (including personalized plates) may be purchased as a gift. Gift certificates will be mailed to the purchaser.
Personalized plate fee
  • $50 initial fee
  • $5 annual registration fee at the time of renewal
  • Annual registration renewal fee

Personalized license plates may consist of up to seven characters and numbers. All personalized plate choices must have at least two characters.

  • No punctuation marks are allowed.
  • No denoting a government agency (i.e., DOT ).
  • No display of characters that are sexual in connotation.
  • No characters suggesting profane, obscene or inflammatory words or phrases, or those contrary to public policy.
  • No characters or words defined in dictionaries as a term of vulgarity, contempt, prejudice, hostility, insult, or racial or ethnic degradation.
  • No characters considered to be offensive.
  • No characters that conflict with the regular license numbering system.
  • Recognized as a swear word.
  • Reference to an illegal substance or criminal act.
  • Any foreign word falling in any of these categories.
  • No duplicate combination of characters.
  • No zeros.
How to apply

Order online (You will need an Iowa Driver's license or ID and a credit card to complete the transaction.)

-OR-

Complete the Special Plate Application form, print and mail with the fees that are due.

Completed applications may be returned to the following address.

Office of Vehicle & Motor Carrier Services
Iowa Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 9278
Des Moines, Iowa  50306-9278

Telephone: 515-237-3110
E-mail:  vehser@dot.iowa.gov

Your plates will be sent to your county treasurer's office and staff will notify you when your plates are available. Plates must be assigned to a vehicle within 90 days or the plates will be voided and no refund issued. Your current plates must be exchanged for your new plates.