Sample Plates

OK, so you want a mint condition copy of that plate you saw drive by? Yea, me too. Good News, I've done some of the leg work for you. Bad news, some states don't offer sample plates. Bad/Good News: This information changes all the time. If you find newer information, please send it to me here. Where applicable, I’ve noted the date this info was confirmed.

If  the state name is underlined, then it is a link to the info you seek unless the text says otherwise.

In any case that you call requesting a plate, or a form, be sure to tell them you are a collector. DMVs don't like sending plates to businesses or individuals that resell plates. Include your name, address, phone number, and email address on any correspondence.

Often states that don't offer sample plates to the public will make them for the ALPCA annual convention auction.

NOTE: This information applies to U.S. residents. States have different fees and rules for international requests.


ALABAMA AL -  3/2019 - email for the current "sample tag order form." 

ALASKA AK  - 09/2019

AMERICAN SAMOA AS -  3/2017 - Send your request with a $15 money order (NO CHECKS) to Office of Motor Vehicles, American Samoa Government, PO Box 1086, Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799 USA

ARIZONA AZ   -  10/2018 - Click the "ARIZONA AZ" link. That will take you to an email contact form. Request a sample plate. There is a good chance they'll tell you they don't do that. Politely reply that they do send sample plates and the second go around should work.

ARKANSAS AR - 8/2017 - In order to obtain a sample plate u will need to send $5 and your name and address to P.O. Box 3153 Little Rock, Ar 72203. Please ATTN it to Rhonda.


COLORADO CO -3/2019 - No Sample Program



DELAWARE DE  -  3/2017 - Verify fee at the link. It’s under “duplicates”on the bottom left column.  Send the fee by check or m.o. to Delaware DMV, PO Box 698, Dover, DE 19903

FLORIDA FL  -  3/2019 - Read the last FAQ for the downloadable form link. 

GEORGIA GA - 3/2019 - No Sample Program

GUAM GU  - Stay tuned

HAWAII HI  -  3/2017 - You can mail a request for a SAMPLE Plate to Division of Motor Vehicles,Licensing and Permits, PO Box 30330, Honolulu Hi 96820-0330.  Inlcude a certified check or money order made payable to the City and County of Honolulu in the amount of $10.00, upon receipt a SAMPLE Plate will be mailed to you.

IDAHO ID -  3/2019

ILLINOIS IL  -  3/2019 - Scroll down to the Winchester Distribution Division near the bottom of the page.

INDIANA IN - 3/2019 - No Sample Program

IOWA IA -  3/2019 - To view samples click HERE.

KANSAS -  3/2018 - Stay tuned

KENTUCKY KY- 3/2019 - No Sample Program

LOUISIANA LA - 3/2019 - No Sample Program

MAINE ME -  3/2019- Follow the instructions at the top of the page

MARYLAND MD  3/2018 - No Sample Program

MASSACHUSETTS MA - 3/2019 - No Sample Program


MINNESOTA MN 3/2017 Send $6 payable to Driver and Vehicle Services with a letter requesting a Standard Auto Sample License Plate (the only ones available) with the address you would like it sent to Driver and Vehicle Services, Attention Special Plate Samples, 445 Minnesota Street, Saint Paul MN 55101


MISSOURI MO - 3/2017 - No Sample Program

MONTANA MT - 3/2019 Scroll down to the bottom of the page "Collect Sample Plates."

NEBRASKA NE - 3/2019

NEVADA NV - 3/2019

NEW HAMPSHIRE NH - 3/2019 - No Sample Program

NEW JERSEY NJ - 3/2019 - No Sample Program

NEW MEXICO NM - 11/2018 -  Straight from the DMV, "You can purchase a Welcome plate by sending a check or money order for $10 per plate, along with a letter requesting the Welcome plate. The plate will indicate that it is not for registration purposes. We currently offer this in the yellow, turquoise, or the Chile plates. The license plate itself will say “Welcome” on it. You will need to include a note indicating what plate you would like to have, along with you payment in a check or money order form. Please mail the documents to the Vehicle Services Department PO Box 1028, Santa Fe, NM 87505. Please allow 10-12 weeks for processing.  Thank you"

NEW YORK NY - 3/2018 - No Sample Program

NORTH CAROLINA NC  - 3/2017 - Remit $10.00 for each sample plate you wish to purchase along with a written request to the NC Division of Motor Vehicles, Special Plate Unit, 3155 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27697-3155.

NORTH DAKOTA ND - 3/2017 - They have sample standard auto plates available that are embossed:  "TOUR ND”,  "GREAT", or “ EXPLORE”.  Choose one. Remit $5.00 each, by check or m.o.. Mail your request to  North Dakota Motor Vehicle Division, Attn: Special Plate/Sample Plate, 608 E Boulevard Ave, Bismarck, ND 58505-0780

OHIO OH -  3/2017 - Send a letter to Ohio BMV, Attn: Administration, P. O.  Box 16520, Columbus, Ohio 43216 requesting a sample auto license plate be sent to you for your collection. They’re free.

OKLAHOMA OK  - 3/2018 - (Link is to plate examples) Only sells sample plates to card carrying plate collectors (really, they ask for proof.) So, join up here. Then call or email the Special Tag Section at 405-521-2468, and ask them to send you the current "Sample Plate Application."

OREGON OR - 3/2019 - No Sample Program

PENNSYLVANIA PA - 3/2019 - No Sample Program

PUERTO RICO PR - Stay tuned

RHODE ISLAND - 3/2019 - No Sample Program

SOUTH CAROLINA SC  3/2017 - Send $10 to SC DMV, Attn: Sample Plates, PO Box 1498, Blythewood, SC 29016-0038

SOUTH DAKOTA SD  3/2017 - Link is to current standard plate offerings. Send $10, for standard, auto plate to South Dakota DMV, Attn: Sample Plates, 445 E Capitol Ave,Pierre SD 57501

TENNESSEE TN  -3/2019 - No Sample Program

TEXAS TX - 3/2019


UTAH UT  - 3/2019


VIRGINIA VA  - 3/2019 - Click the "Purchase a Plate" link, then, after you select a plate, you'll have the "souvenir plate" option.

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA DC - 3/2018 - The District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles (DC DMV) offers sample DC license plates free of charge.  The sample license plate displays the slogan "Taxation without Representation". To obtain a sample DC license plate, please send your mailing address (US only, no International) to DC Department of Motor Vehicles, PO Box 90120, Washington, DC 20090, Attn: Sample License Plate Request

WASHINGTON WA - 3/2017 - No samples, just used plates. Email and request a used standard, auto, license plate be mailed to you. They're free.



3/2017 - The Minominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin’s Licensing and Permit Department offers sample plates. The cost   is $10 and, if requested, sample validation stickers will be included. To purchase a sample plate, mail a check or money order including your return address to: Menominee Indian Tribe of WI, Attn: Licensing & Permit, PO Box 910, Keshena, WI 54135. Make checks payable to MITW.

WYOMING WY - 3/2019

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