How to Check If a Vanity Plate Is Takenby Nick DavisUpdated July 06, 2023
Available from your area's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), personalized license plates, also known as vanity license plates or special interest license plates, offer a unique way to express yourself through your vehicle. These specialty plates allow you to create a combination of letters and numbers to spell out a personalized message. However, before obtaining your desired vanity plate, it is crucial to check if the message you want is already claimed by someone else. This article will serve as a guide to personalized license plate availability, walking you through various methods to verify the availability of your vanity plate choice for a smooth registration process.
Visiting the Local DMV Office
Begin by writing down the message you desire for your vanity plate on a piece of paper. Proceed to look up DMV office locations near you if you do not already know their whereabouts and visit your local DMV office.
Provide the DMV representative with your desired vanity plate message and request them to conduct a search through your state's license plate records to determine its availability.
If your vanity plate message is not already taken, complete the vanity plate application provided by the DMV representative and submit it for processing. Be prepared to pay the necessary registration fees and any applicable new plate fees as determined by the government.
Contacting the DMV by Phone
Jot down the message you wish to have on your vanity plate. Call your area's DMV office.
Ask the DMV representative to perform a search through your state's license plate records to check if your desired vanity plate message is available. Provide the representative with your vanity plate message during the call.
If your chosen message is not already taken, visit your local DMV office to complete the vanity plate application process. Familiarize yourself with the necessary documentation requirements, including your driver's license, to ensure a smooth process.
Utilizing Online Services
Write down the message you want for your vanity plate on a piece of paper. Contact your local DMV office via phone.
Request the DMV representative for the website address where you can check the availability of a vanity plate message. Take note of the website address provided, as it will direct you to the DMV website.
Using your computer's Internet browser, enter the DMV website address in the "Address" box at the top of the screen. Press the "Enter" or "Return" key on your keyboard.
Enter your desired message in the search box on the webpage and click on the "Search" or similar button. Follow the on-screen instructions provided by the website to order your vanity plate if your chosen message is available. Take note of the license plate number, plate type, and plate configuration options available.
By following these steps, you can easily check the availability of a vanity plate message. It is important to note that plate options, registration fees, plate fees, and specific plate configurations may vary depending on your local DMV and state regulations. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the guidelines and options provided by your DMV office. Whether you visit the DMV in person, contact them by phone, or utilize their online services, these methods will help you determine if your desired personalized license plate is available for your new vehicle registration.
- Note, your plate will not be made immediately. The DMV representative or DMV website will tell you when your vanity plate will be ready for pickup.
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Nick Davis is a freelance writer specializing in technical, travel and entertainment articles. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Memphis and an associate degree in computer information systems from the State Technical Institute at Memphis. His work has appeared in "Elite Memphis" and "The Daily Helmsman" in Memphis, Tenn. He is currently living in Albuquerque, N.M.