How do I order personalized plates and vanity plates in Texas? Texas

Personalized license plates, also known as vanity plates or custom license plates, can be a great way for Texas drivers to express their personalities. Personalized plates can be ordered to reflect an occupation, hobby, nickname, or special message.

Ordering Personalized TX License Plates

Ordering a custom license plate is not difficult. Visit to check the availability of the message you wish to have on your personalized plates and to complete the application process. Keep in mind, however, that the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has the authority to reject submissions that are considered inappropriate.

A personalized plate can be issued in a variety of designs. Lone Star color choices include black, blue, red, pink, orange, and maroon. There are also many different Texas themes to choose from, including Texas Longhorns and Texas Pride.

A custom plate can be picked up at your county tax office between two and three weeks after the date of purchase. Fees for personalized plates range from $30 to $66 per year, depending upon the length of your message and the background you select.

Specialty License Plates

The general issue license plate for the state of Texas is called the "Lone Star Texas" plate. The design of this plate features the Lone Star and colors of the Texas flag, along with the Davis mountain range. Specialty plates include:

  • Community and non-profit organizations, such as 4-H, Ducks Unlimited, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Girl Scouts, and March of Dimes.
  • Colleges and universities throughout the state of Texas.
  • Professional sports teams, such as the Dallas Cowboys and the Houston Astros.

You can order specialty license plates from the state's Texas Online Web site. The majority of specialty plate designs are available for a fee of $30. Personalization for these specialty plate designs is available for an additional $40 fee. However, please keep in mind that this is in addition to all of the standard license plate and vehicle registration fees assessed to TX drivers.

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