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What you need for Request a vanity license plate
All vanity plates must begin with 2 letters. The plate can be no more than 6 characters, or a maximum of 5 characters for motorcycle plates. Vanity plates cannot have letters and numbers intermixed. See the More Info section for detailed plate criteria.
f you do not already have a vehicle registered with active plates, you will need to apply for vanity plates at an RMV Service Center so a temporary plate can be issued.
How to request Request a vanity license plate
Most service centers accept cash, check, money order, and credit or debit cards. Since payment methods vary by location, check which are accepted at the site you will be visiting.
Mail your completed application and check or money order payable to MassDOT to:
Registry of Motor Vehicles
P.O Box 55895
Boston, MA 02205-5895
Attn: Special Plates
The quickest and easiest way to order a vanity plate is online.
Next steps for Request a vanity license plate
All vanity plate applications are reviewed by the Special Plates Department. If approved, you will receive a plate and registration in the mail within 12 weeks. If denied, you will receive notification and a rebate within 4 - 6 weeks.
More info for Request a vanity license plate
Vanity Plate Requirements:
- All vanity plates must start with at least two letters.
- Passenger, Camper, Livery, Bus, and Commercial vanity plates may contain a maximum of 6 characters (letters or numbers) and a minimum of 2 characters. Vanity plates for antique vehicles may contain a maximum of 4 characters and a minimum of 2 characters. Motorcycle vanity plates may contain a maximum of 5 characters and a minimum of 2 characters.
- Numbers cannot be used in the middle of a plate; they must come at the end. For example, AAA222 would be an acceptable Passenger vanity plate; AAA22A would not be acceptable. The first number used cannot be a "0."
- The letters "I," "O," "Q," and "U" can ONLY be used as part of a word that is clearly defined and correctly spelled. For example, "LQQK" would not be an acceptable registration number because it is not a correctly spelled word.
- No periods, spaces, or punctuation marks are allowed.
- Letter and/or number combinations that convey an offensive message or appear to duplicate an existing registration plate are not permitted.
- The Registrar will not knowingly issue a requested Vanity registration plate containing a group of letters or combination of numbers and letters if the plate is either offensive or duplicative of an existing registration. Specifically, the Registrar will not issue a requested combination of letters and numbers or letters alone if:
- Such combination is vulgar in that it is in poor taste or is degrading or is considered a profanity, including a swear or curse word, not usually displayed in the community for general viewing
- Such combination is derogatory in that it disparages or belittles someone or something
- Such combination is obscene in that it refers to a sexual body part, a term for or most closely associated with a sex act, or the availability for sex
- Such combination is an expression of contempt, ridicule, or superiority of a race, religion, deity, ethnic heritage, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or political affiliation
- Such combination is an expression of "fighting words" designed to inflame passions and possibly lead to a violent confrontation
- Such combination would appear to duplicate a registration already issued
- The Registrar may reject a requested combination for other reasons if she reasonably determines that issuance of the requested combination would be inappropriate as a state-issued registration plate.
- It is irrelevant whether offensive material is communicated when reading the vanity plate from left-to-right or from right-to-left, when viewed through a rear view mirror, or whether it is in a foreign language or in a code which only a small segment of the community may be able to readily decipher.
- The Registrar reserves the right to recall a vanity plate that has been issued, even if such registration and plate have been renewed. If the Registrar becomes aware that a group of letters or a combination of numbers and letters appears to be offensive in nature, or that a plate appears to duplicate an existing registration, this will be sufficient cause for recall.