License Plates & Placards in Missouri
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Every vehicle driven on Missouri roads must be properly registered and marked with the appropriate license plates. You can receive license plates at any driver's license exam station. The renewal of your license plates is tied to the vehicle registration process.
When you purchase a vehicle, you may transfer Missouri license plates to it from another vehicle that you already own. Or, you can choose to get new plates. If you transfer plates, you can only transfer them between the same types of vehicles, such as a truck to a truck, or a passenger vehicle to a passenger vehicle.
In addition to the standard Missouri license plate design, there are also a number of specialty plates that drivers may purchase. There are collegiate license plates to support local colleges and universities, military plates to honor veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, and organizational plates to support groups such as the St. Louis Zoo or the American Legion.
If you're proud of your wheels and looking for a way to express your individuality, you can personalize your Missouri license plates by adding a message of up to six letters. There will be an additional fee of $15 added to your vehicle's registration charge for this service. You can see if the message you want is available by using the license plate selection tool on the Missouri Department of Revenue website.
Although some states issue special license plates to drivers with disabilities, Missouri uses a system of removable placards to allow disabled drivers access to special parking privileges. The placards are to be used only when the disabled person is using the vehicle or when he or she is being dropped off or picked up by another driver.
To qualify, your vehicle must be 25 years old or older and used for exhibition or educational purposes, and owned solely as a collector's item.
Vehicles flashing historic or antique plates may be driven:
- To and from exhibitions or educational events without any mileage restrictions
- To any repair shop within 100 miles
- Up to 1,000 miles annually for everyday use. You must maintain a personal use mileage log. This log must be carried in the vehicle when being driven on state roads.
Applying for Historic Plates
You must submit:
- A completed Application for Missouri Historic or Personalized Historic License Plates; this application can be ordered via an online form or collected in person at the Central Office in Jefferson City
- Proof of insurance
- Your current county or Saint Louis City personal property tax receipt or non-assessment statement
- A one-time registration fee of $25.25
- A $3.50 processing fee
Apply by mail or by visiting the the main office in Jefferson City.
Antique Historic Plates
You may register your vehicle's license plate as a historical plate provided it is over 25 years old, the year of issuance is consistent with the model year, and it does not clash with the state's current numbering system. To apply, follow the exact steps listed above and include a photo of your plate.
If your license plates or tabs are stolen, you will need to submit a police report as well as a notarized affidavit in order to avoid paying the $8.50 replacement fee (or $17 for two plates).
The state does not require Missouri residents to return their license plates after relocating to another state. Learn more on our MO License Plate Surrender page.
Other Topics in This Section
- Register Car
- Registration Renewal
- Registration & Insurance
- Replacing a Lost Registration
- RV & Motorhome Registration
- Custom Built Car Registration
- Boat Registration and Licenses
- Title Transfers
- Replacing a Lost Title
- Salvaged Vehicles
- Special Vehicles
- Drivers with Disabilities
- License Plates & Placards
- Smog & Emission Checks
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