Secretary of State
The Federal Communications Commission established amateur radio as a voluntary, non-commercial radio communications service. Licensed “ham” radio operators can improve their communications and technical skills, while providing the nation with a pool of trained radio operators and technicians who can provide essential communications during emergencies.
This unique license plate is designed specifically for amateur radio operators (ARO) and uses the ARO call letters as the plate’s number-and-letter configuration. You must be licensed as a technical, general, conditional, advanced or extra class amateur radio operator to apply for an ARO plate. Citizens Band (CB) operators and novice operators are not eligible. The plate is renewed each year on your birthday.
To apply, complete the online order form (MV-74) and print a copy. The plate fee (explained on the order form) plus a $2 ARO plate-service fee will be charged. In addition, there is a $5 service fee if you wish to obtain an ARO Spectacular Peninsulas plate. Pay by check or money order made out to the State of Michigan. Submit your completed MV-74 application, a copy of your Amateur Radio Operator license issued by the FCC, proof of Michigan no-fault insurance and the plate fee to the Renewal-by-Mail Unit in Lansing at:
Michigan Department of State
7064 Crowner Dr.
Lansing, MI 48980-0001
Your ARO plate will arrive in about 21-30 days.