The Michigan Department of State offers fundraising license plates for Michigan's 15 state-supported universities and the following special causes: Agricultural Heritage, Be The Match, Boy Scouts of America, Breast Cancer Awareness, Children's Trust Fund, Donate Life, Ducks Unlimited, Lighthouse Preservation, Support Michigan Veterans, Veterans Memorial, Water Quality, Wildlife Habitat, the Northern Michigan University Olympic Education Center and disaster relief through the American Red Cross and Salvation Army with the Proud To Be American plate.
Fundraising license plates are mailed within 14 days from the date ordered. Personalized fundraising plates may take an additional week to process.
Fundraising Plate Fees
A $35 fundraising fee in addition to any applicable registration fee is charged. The special cause or university receives $25. A fundraising disability plate featuring an embossed international wheelchair symbol is also available.
If an owner already has a plate on his or her vehicle, the registration cost can be credited toward the fundraising plate. In this case, only the $35 fundraising fee is due.
A $10 fundraising fee in addition to the annual registration fee is charged. The special cause or university receives the $10.
Personalized Fundraising Plates
For an additional fee, fundraising plates can be personalized with up to six characters, disability fundraising plates with up to five characters.
Original Fees for Personalized Fundraising Plates
A $35 fundraising fee in addition to any applicable registration fee plus a personalized plate service fee is charged. The personalized plate service fee will vary depending on your expiration date and is prorated* from six to 17 months.
(*The prorated fee is based on the number of months the plate is valid, $8 for first month and $2 for each remaining month. Example: A plate valid for 12 months would be assessed a personalized service fee of $30.)
If an owner already has a plate on his or her vehicle, the registration cost can be credited towards the personalized fundraising plate. In this case, only the $35 fundraising fee and prorated personalized plate fee are due.
There is an additional $15 charge for a second plate.
Renewal Fees for Personalized Fundraising Plates
A $10 fundraising fee in addition to the annual registration fee plus a $15 personalized plate service fee is charged. The special cause or university receives the $10.
Three Ways to Order:
To order online, visit ExpressSOS, select ‘Vehicle Services’ and then ‘More Online Services’ to log into your account and purchase a new plate. You may pay by Discover, MasterCard or Visa debit and credit card. A nominal service fee will be charged for credit and debit cards. You may also pay by eCheck, for which no service fee will be charged.
You may order a fundraising plate during renewal or outside of renewal.
To order by mail, print and complete the order form for the university or special cause plate you want. Make the check or money order payable to "State of Michigan."
At a Secretary of State Office
All Secretary of State offices accept cash, checks, money orders, Discover, MasterCard or Visa debit and credit cards at the counter. A nominal service fee will be charged for credit and debit card use.
Note: If you do not have a current registration/plate on your vehicle, then you must order your plate at a Secretary of State branch office.