vehicle registration

Emergency medical services plate

Amateur radio call letter plate

PLEASE NOTE: The previous plate design will be issued until individual county treasurers deplete their existing inventory. Contact your local treasurer prior to ordering to see if the new design below is available in your area. Plates such as collegiate, DNR, and government designs will not change.

Who is eligible A current member of a paid or volunteer emergency medical services agency.
Special requirements The applicant and the applicant's service director shall sign the application form certifying that the applicant is a current member of a paid or volunteer emergency medical services agency.
Eligible vehicles Automobiles
Multipurpose vehicles
Sport utility vehicles
Motor homes
Trailers and travel trailers
Numbered plates
  • $25 initial fee to the Emergency Medical Services Fund
  • Annual registration renewal fee

Effective July 17, 2013, an owner of an EMS plate may obtain a duplicate of their current numbered EMS plate when their plate is due for replacement. A new application must be completed and submitted with a $25 fee.

To obtain a duplicate of your original numbered plate:
  • Submit an application and the $25 fee. 
  • Pay the annual vehicle registration renewal fee if it is due. 
  • No additional validation fee.
Personalized plates Not available as a personalized plate.
How to apply:

Special Plate Application

Completed applications may be returned to your county treasurer's office or 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

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.