Types of Special License Plates in Arizona

SUMMARY: Types of Arizona Special License Plates

In Arizona, there are various specialty license plates available, including personalized tags, special plates for charities and colleges, and military license plates for those eligible.

Continue reading this page to learn more about special license plates available from the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT).


How to Apply for Personalized Plates in Arizona

The fee for a personalized AZ license plate is $26.96 PLUS standard registration fees. You'll also pay personalized plate fees IN ADDITION to renewal fees when you renew your tag.

Your custom tag number must:

  • Use only capital letters and numbers.
  • Have no more than the allowed number of characters.
  • NOT use profanity or be misleading.
  • NOT be the same as a license plate already in use.

To see if your custom tag choice is available, use the ADOT online plate selector.

Organizational & Charity Plates

ADOT offers a wide variety of plates for you to show your support for a cause, organization, or group. You can get special license plates for:

  • Non-profits and charities.
  • Colleges.
  • Emergency responders.

Fees for specialty plates are charged IN ADDITION to standard AZ registration fees and renewal fees. MOST of these plates are:

  • $26.96 to order.
  • $26.96 to renew.

Some can be personalized for an additional fee.

Keep reading for information about each plate type and examples of available tags.

Charity & Non-Profit License Plates

You can buy specialty license plates to support a particular Arizona charity, cause, or organization, such as:

  • The Boy Scouts of Arizona.
  • Childhood Cancer Research.
  • Environmental causes.
  • The Navajo Nation.

A portion of the fees for AZ charity plates are given to the organization or cause that the plate represents.

For a complete list of available plates, visit the ADOT website.

For application instructions, visit our Applying for Specialty License Plates in Arizona page.

Collegiate Plates

You can buy a specialty license plate that represents an Arizona university, including:

  • Arizona State University.
  • University of Arizona.
  • University of Phoenix.

For a list of all collegiate plates, visit the ADOT website.

Fees for collegiate plates help support scholarship programs at the university.

Emergency Service Personnel Plates

Several plates are issued for emergency responders and members of fire, police, and related organizations. ADOT currently offers plates for:

  • Families of Fallen Police Officers.
  • Fire Fighters.
  • The Fraternal Order of Police.

You'll be required to submit evidence of your membership or job in emergency services when you apply for an emergency service plate in AZ.

Visit the ADOT website to learn more about plates and their eligibility requirements, and for application information, see Applying for Specialty AZ License Plates.

AZ Alternative Fuel Plate

If you drive a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, you can participate in the Energy Efficient Plate Program, which grants you unrestricted access to HOV lanes.

The program is open to 10,000 vehicles only, and plates are given on a first-come, first-served basis.

The application fee for the Alternative Fuel license plate is $8. It can be personalized for additional fees.

If you're ready to apply, visit our Applying for Specialty License Plates page.

Military Plates in Arizona

Military license plates are available to eligible service members, veterans, and retirees.

Examples of the military plates in Arizona include:

  • The Congressional Medal of Honor plate.
  • Former Prisoners of War tag.
  • Veteran license plate.

To qualify, you must present proof of your eligibility, such as your military discharge papers.

Fees for military license plates vary, for example:

  • The Congressional Medal of Honor plate: free.
  • The Veteran plate:
    • $26.96 to order.
    • $26.96 to renew.

You will also need to pay the standard registration fees and renewal fees in AZ.

NOTE: Some military license plates can be personalized for an additional fee.

Visit the ADOT website for more details about:

  • Available military license plates & fees.
  • Eligibility requirements for each type.

To learn more about specialty plate applications, see Applying for Specialty License Plates.

Historic & Classic Car Plates

Arizona historic and classic car license plates are available for:

  • Classic cars.
  • Historic vehicles.
  • Horseless carriages.
  • Street rods.

You will need to pay both the historic/classic plate fee and standard registration or renewal fees.

See the ADOT website for complete details about:

  • Vehicle eligibility requirements.
  • License plate fees.
  • Personalization options.
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