Personalized (vanity) license plates may be purchased in lieu of regular license plates for passenger vehicles, motor homes, buses, pickups, vans, hearses and motorcycles. Vehicles titled as "utility" or registered with a Gross Vehicle Weight plate are not eligible.
Personalized plates are available in the standard, Spectacular Peninsulas, veteran, and fundraising plate types. Applications for personalized plates are processed at Secretary of State offices, through the Renewal by Mail unit, and online at ExpressSOS.
Owners receive a receipt pending Michigan Department of State approval. Approved personalized plates are mailed to the owner from Lansing within three weeks.
When personalizing a plate, you will pay for the plate (and your registration fee if purchase is made when renewing the vehicle's registration) plus an initial $30 service fee. The $30 service fee is prorated for the number of months until the plate's expiration date. If your vehicle is already registered, the time remaining on your current plate may be used as credit toward the new personalized plate. The expiration date remains the same. An additional fee is due if you decide to change the background of the plate when ordering the personalized plate (for example, changing from a standard plate to a Spectacular Peninsulas or Mackinac Bridge personalized plate).
Normally, owners are sent one personalized plate. At the time of application, however, owners have the option of ordering a second personalized plate for an additional fee. This second plate may not be used for vehicle registration purposes.
Final approval of the personalized plate selection is granted by the Michigan Department of State.