What Should I Know about Specialty Plates in Florida?


Are you looking for a way to support a cause or organization that you believe in – both financially and by creating awareness? An easy way to do this without much effort is through getting a specialty license plate. A specialty license plate turns your car into an instant moving billboard on the road, showing others a cause or organization that you believe in. Who knows? Others may decide to get a specialty plate as well because of how great yours looks.


In the state of Florida, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles offers over a hundred different specialty plates that you can purchase for your car or truck. Currently, it’s not possible to purchase a specialty plate for a motorcycle because the dimensions are too small. You may notice that obtaining and renewing a specialty license plate does cost a little more than regular or default Sunshine plates, but that’s because that money goes towards the cause or organization you’re supporting.


What Organizations Can I Support?


Currently, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has specialty plates for organizations ranging from environmental groups, universities, professional sports teams, and other miscellaneous groups. For example, you could purchase a specialty plate of the American Legion, the US Army and other branches of the military, various religious organizations, and more. You can also get a personalized license plate which allows you to use specific numbers and letters of your choice once approved by the DMV. A full listing of all the specialty plates available for purchase can be found here.


How Do I Purchase a Specialized License Plate?


A specialized license plate can be purchased at your tax collector’s office or tag agency. Once you have obtained a specialty plate, you will be required to renew the registration every 6, 12, or 24 months as you would with a default Sunshine plate. Renewals can be completed in person at a tax collector’s office or tag agency near you. While that option is certainly on the table, you can also renew online at eTags.com. If you work at a job with hours that conflict with those of the tax collector’s office, eTags allows you to renew your specialty license plate anytime. You don’t have to worry about getting there or standing in line if you are in a hurry. Instead, you can renew your specialty plate from the convenience of your home, and eTags.com will do the rest.