There are two ways to order your specialty/personalized plates: online or by mail.
Personalize your license plate, check availability, and reserve it. If it is available and approved, your plates will be manufactured and delivered to the county treasurer's office in the county where you live. You will be notified when the plates are ready to be picked up.
Order by mail
Complete the Special Plate Application form, print and mail with the fees that are due.
License plate holders or frames
Iowa Code Section 321.37(3) states that "It is unlawful for the owner of a vehicle to place any frame around or over the registration plate which does not permit full view of all numerals and letters printed on the registration plate."
Decal license plates
With the passage of HF617, non-profit organizations may apply to the Office of Vehicle & Motor Carrier Services (OVMCS) for approval of a decal recognizing their organization or cause. The application requesting a non-profit organization decal can be obtained by contacting the OVMCS. If the decal is approved, the non-profit organization will be responsible for the production, administration, and issuance of the decals. The non-profit organization may also charge a fee to individuals interested in displaying the approved decal on a decal license plate. Information regarding the decal license plate can be found in the personalized/specialty plate section of this website.
Plates pending start-up fees
A law was passed providing for the following new plates.
Before any of the new seven plates can be applied for or manufactured, the following requirements must be met.
Each plate must have 250 start-up orders requesting a plate type accompanied by a $20 processing fee. (The $20 processing fee is separate from the plate fee and therefore cannot be credited to any of the special license plates once they are available.)
The plates will not be available and cannot be applied for until the required 250 start-up orders have been received.
Note: As required by legislation authorizing production of these plates, plates listed above may only be manufactured or issued after the department receives 250 start-up orders for the specific plate.
Once 250 start-up orders have been received and processed for a plate type, the application to order the actual plates will be available online, by calling the Iowa DOT's Office of Vehicle & Motor Carrier Services at 515-237-3110 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The cost and restrictions for each plate type are as follows:
Fallen Peace Officer plate
250 paid $20 start-up orders requesting the Fallen Peace Officer plate must be received.
Application for actual Fallen Peace Officer plate completed once 250 start-up orders have been received.
Fee for a numbered regular plate with the emblem is $35 with a $10 renewal fee that is in addition to the regular annual registration fee.
Fee for a personalized plate with the emblem is $60 with a $15 renewal fee that is in addition to the regular annual registration fee.
Anyone who is the owner of a vehicle may apply.
The fees collected for these plates will be appropriated to the Iowa Department of Public Safety who in turn shall distribute the funds in the form of grants to nonprofit organizations that provide resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of surviving families and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.