Michigan began issuing specialty license plates in April 2001 to raise money for several state-supported causes. Michigan lighthouses have been protecting ships from treacherous waters since the establishment of Michigan’s first lighthouse, the Fort Gratiot Light, in 1825. More than 240 lighthouses once guarded Michigan’s shores; today only about 124 of these iconic beacons remain. Your purchase of a lighthouse license plate helps provide the revenue needed to ensure that Michigan’s lighthouses will have a bright future.
Fundraising plates can only be used on passenger cars, pickup trucks, vans, and motor homes. Motorcycles and trailers are not eligible for these plates.
You can order the fundraising license plates online, by mail, or at any Secretary of State branch office. The plate will be mailed to you within 14 business days from the date the plate is ordered.
To purchase a plate by mail, complete and print the Lighthouse Preservation License Plate Order Form.
Check personalized plate availability using CARS e-Services.