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  • License Plates & Placards in Vermont

    Gone are the days when Vermont license plates were nothing but numbers. Now they not only identify drivers but also express their personalities and interests.

    The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) allows every driver the option of standard green-and-white plates or a special plates. But before you begin mulling over what license plate to order, you must first make sure your vehicle is properly titled and registered with the DMV.

    Standard Plates

    Unless you notify DMV officials when registering your vehicle that you prefer special plates, you will be issued standard Vermont plates. These feature white letters surrounded by a white rectangle on a green backdrop with a maple tree in the upper left corner and the "Green Mountain State" legend on the bottom.

    If you register in person at the main DMV office in Montpelier, you will immediately receive your plates.

    Vanity Plates

    You may apply for any personalized plate within reason. All requests must be limited to letters and numbers and not be offensive. When submitting your application, you will have to pay an additional $45 vanity plate fee per year in addition to your normal registration fees.

    Sometimes processing of vanity plates may take up to 30 days. If needed, the state will issue you temporary plates until your vanity plates arrive in the mail.

    "Building Bright Futures" Plates

    This plate displays your support for Vermont's Building Bright Futures program, which champions the state's child-care facilities. When submitting an application, be sure to include an additional $20 on top of your regular registration fees. This extra fee will apply with each annual renewal.

    Conservation Plates

    This plate allows you to show you are behind Vermont's attempts to support its wildlife population. The $23 annual fee for this plate goes directly to the Fish & Wildlife Department's Non-game and Natural Heritage program. Applications can be downloaded or found at any DMV office.

    Safety Organization Plates

    Vermont allows groups that serve and protect the public to apply for special plates. Firefighters, National Guard members, and FCC-licensed amateur radio operators all fit this category.

    All applicants must provide a note from their superior or group leader granting them permission to own such plates. If at any time you end your affiliation with your respective group, you must immediately forfeit your special plates to the DMV.

    To apply, submit the application form along with a one-time $15 fee.

    Veterans' Plates

    Before submitting your application to the DMV, you must first have it certified by the Office of Veterans' Affairs. There is no fee when applying for these plates.

    These plates are also available for motorcycles.

    VFW Plates

    When submitting a Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) application, you must also provide, besides the usual license renewal forms and fees, either a copy of a valid VFW membership card or an authorization signed by your quartermaster. A one-time $15 fee must also be paid. For a Vietnam Veterans plate, submit a copy of a valid Vietnam Veterans of America membership card or a signed authorization from the VVA.

    Surrendering Your Special Plates in Vermont

    The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requires you to return your VT license plates to cancel your registration after relocating to another state and selling your vehicle without transferring the plates.

    To cancel your Vermont registration:

    • Gather your license plates, registration certificate, and license plate stickers (if they are not attached).
    • Write a letter explaining the cancellation.
    • Fill in the transfer of ownership section on your registration card.
    • Drop off your items at your local DMV office or mail them to:
    Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles
    120 State Street
    Montpelier, VT 0560

    Under certain circumstances, the Vermont DMV may grant you a refund for your remaining registration fees.

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