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    In a world where everyone wants to show his or her individuality, specialty license plates have become more and more popular with Florida drivers. Whether you want to save the whales, honk for family values, or just get a wheelchair-accessible parking place, the state has a plate for you. Check them all out at once in this license plate brochure.

    Wheelchair License Plates

    The most common kind of specialty license plate is the wheelchair plate, which you can obtain by request at your local county tax collector's office. You must have already been approved for a disabled parking permit to request the plates. See Drivers With Disabilities on this site for more information about disabled parking permits.

    Once you receive the new license plate, you'll need to turn in your old one. The new plate will have the same expiration date as the previous one, no matter when you acquired it. You'll still need to renew the registration on this plate annually or biennially.

    Replacement Disability Permits and Plates

    If your disabled parking permit is lost, damaged, or stolen, you may replace it for free by going to a county tax collector's office with your driver's license and a completed Application for Replacement License Plate, Validation Decal or Parking Permit (Form HSMV 83146).

    If your disabled parking plate is lost, damaged, or stolen, follow the procedures listed on our Replacing a Lost Registration page for replacing license plates.

    Antique Plates

    Your vehicle must be at least 30 years old to qualify for antique plate status.

    To receive the plates, bring your current registration with you to a county tax collector's office.

    Personalized License Plates

    If you want to send a message that's all your own, you can apply for a personalized license plate. You can check online first to see if the plate you want is available. If it is, you fill out the Application for Personalized License Plate (Form HSMV 83043) and submit it to your local county tax collector's office. The application will need to be reviewed and accepted to ensure that no obscene or objectionable words or phrases are being used.

    If it's accepted, you should be able to pick up the new plate at your county tax collector's office in about 45 days. You'll need to surrender your old plate at that time. The personalized plate costs $15 per year, in addition to regular renewal and/or other specialty plate fees.

    Florida License Plate Fees

    Basic license plate fees vary depending on a few factors, including the vehicle's type and weight.

    Surrendering Florida License Plates

    Florida requires residents to return their license plates after relocating to another state, selling their vehicle, or canceling their car insurance coverage for any reason.

    You can surrender your plates by mailing or visiting your local Florida DMV office.

    If you have moved out of state and you need to surrender your license plates, you can send the plates and your old registration by mail to:

    Division of Motorist Services
    2900 Apalachee Pkwy
    Mail Stop 98
    Tallahassee, FL 32399

    NOTE: If you plan on transferring your license plates to another vehicle, you do not need to surrender them.