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License Plates & Placards in Oklahoma

SUMMARY: Oklahoma License Plates

You can apply for license plates in Oklahoma by registering your vehicle at an OK tag agency. You'll need to renew your plates by renewing your vehicle registration. If you get another vehicle, you can transfer your OK tags to it when you register the new car. Oklahoma requires vehicles to display valid tags, so if your tags are lost, stolen, or damaged, you must replace license plates and decals.

Read below for helpful information about Oklahoma license plates and tags.

Interested in unique license plate options? Find complete information on our Specialty OK Plates page.

Applying for disability parking? Our Disabled Plates and Placards page has details about license plate eligibility and tag applications.

Types of Oklahoma License Plates

All vehicles owned by OK residents and businesses must have license plates issued by the Oklahoma Tax Commission (OTC) Motor Vehicle Division (MVD).

Your license plate must be:

  • Securely attached to the back of your vehicle.
  • Visible and unobstructed.

Oklahoma license plates have a month decal to let law enforcement know when your vehicle tags expire. When you renew your license plate, you'll get a new decal.

The OTC issues several types of special license plates, such as personalized, organizational, and military honor plates. To learn more about Oklahoma's license plate options and application details, see our Types of Special Oklahoma Plates page.

The OTC is also responsible for issuing disabled parking plates. Our Disability Plates page has complete details, including how to apply and what they can be used for.

Temporary License Plates

When you buy a vehicle from a dealer, you'll usually receive a temporary license plate to use while you are waiting for your OK license plate to arrive.

Apply for Vehicle Tags

To apply for Oklahoma license plates, you'll need to register your vehicle at your local Oklahoma tag agency.

You're required to register your vehicle no more than:

  • 30 days after moving to Oklahoma.
  • 30 days after buying a vehicle.

Get more information, including registration fees and requirements, on our OK Vehicle Registration page.

Renew Your OK License Plates

You need to renew your Oklahoma plates before the decal expires by renewing your vehicle registration.

You should receive a renewal notice by mail, but you can also sign up for e-mail reminders on the OTC website.

See our Registration Renewal page for complete details.

Replace Lost, Stolen, or Damaged Tags

If your Oklahoma tags or decals are damaged, stolen, or lost, you should replace them as soon as possible.

Filing a police report can help prevent fraudulent use of lost or stolen tags, but it is not required.

To replace license plate and decals, you will need:

You will also pay a $1.50 insurance verification fee whether you request your replacements by mail or in person.

Submit the above in person at your local Oklahoma tag agency or by mail to the address on the form.

Transfer & Surrender Tags

In Oklahoma, you can transfer a license plate from your vehicle to another one that you own.

NOTE: If you transfer the tags from a vehicle you're keeping, you have 30 days from the date of transfer to replace the tags on the first vehicle.

If the license plate is valid, you'll transfer it when you register the new vehicle. If it is expired, you'll need to renew the registration in order to transfer the tags.

You must surrender license plates when you:

  • Change the registration type.
  • Transfer tags to a vehicle that already has an OK license plate.

Plates can be surrendered to your local OTC tag agent.

Fees for Oklahoma License Plates

The fees for new license plates and renewals do not reflect taxes, title fees, or service fees that may apply.

  • New standard license plate and renewal fees (based on years of registration):
    • 1st through 4th year: $96.
    • 5th through 8th year: $86.
    • 9th through 12th year: $66.
    • 13th through 16th year: $46.
    • 17th year and over: $26.
  • Replacement fees:
    • License plate and decal: $9 (by mail, add a $3 mail fee)
    • Decal only: $9 (by mail, add a $1.50 mail fee.)
    • Insurance verification fee$1.50

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