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    Registering your vehicle is done through the Office of Motor Vehicle (OMV). When you complete the registration process you will be issued license plates.

    Many drivers like to put special tags on their vehicles as a form of personal expression or to show support for a particular organization or cause.

    Handicapped plates provide disabled drivers and passengers with more convenient parking privileges.

    Specialty Plates and Placards

    You can choose from a variety of different specialty plates. There are eligibility requirements depending on which specialty plate you want.

    For example, the retired military plates are only available to Arkansas residents who are retired from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, or National Guard.

    Some conservation groups have handsome plates―think Ducks Unlimited. Social groups and sports associations also have specialty plates.

    Arkansas Handicapped Plates and Placards

    If you have a disability that qualifies you for the handicapped plate or placard, you can use the special plates to access handicapped parking privileges.

    Your doctor will determine if you have a disability that warrants handicapped plates. If your doctor's letter qualifies you for the plate it will renew every year with your registration.

    Some disabilities are temporary, a direct result of an accident or injury. The state issues temporary placards for up to 3 months.

    Permanent placards are reserved for those drivers or passengers with chronic or permanent disabilities which limit their ability to walk.

    Antique License Plates

    Your car qualifies if it is at least 25 years old, historical, or considered to be a special-interest vehicle. It must also be relatively free of modifications.

    To apply:

    Applying for AR Specialty Plates

    The Office of Motor Vehicles has a unit that handles specialty plates. To apply for your tag in person, go to:

    Special License Plate Office
    1900 West 7th Street
    Room 1040
    Ragland Building
    Little Rock, AR 72203

    You can also apply via mail :

    Special License Plate Unit
    P.O. Box 1272
    Little Rock, AR 72203

    Surrendering Arkansas License Plates

    The state does not require Arkansas residents to return their license plates after relocating to another state. Learn more on our AR License Plate Surrender page.

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