Plates in Texas

If you’re moving to Texas from another state, the law gives you 30 days to get a vehicle inspection and register your vehicle. As a result, you will need to switch to a Texas license plate, so why not choose a design and a message you want.

You may be surprised at all the fun, colorful choices you have in license plate designs in Texas. Go to to check out more than 140 designs in official Texas plates.

Texas has gotten creative about license plates as a way of being creative about raising revenue. The idea is to give Texas residents more interesting and engaging choices in personal expression on their plates so that more people will find a specialty plate design that fits their personality.

The first step is to choose the design you like at, then, if you want to personalize, type in the plate message you’d like. The site will tell you immediately whether that message is available. Last step, choose whether you’d like to purchase for 1, 5, or 10 years. The longer the term, the better the deal. You can pick up the plates about three weeks later at a county tax office.

Sure, lots of our designs have Texas themes and support Texas colleges and sports teams, but we also have plates that support out of state colleges from Nebraska to Florida.

Other plates support causes that defy borders like plates supporting the National Breast Cancer Foundation and World Wildlife Fund.

So as a part of your new start in a new state, think of what your plates will say to your 25 million fellow Texas residents. It’s a big state with thousands of miles of roads, where people often spend a whole lot of time in their cars. You’ll quickly spot My Plates on the road because their full-color backgrounds and fun designs really stand out.

If you’re moving in state and already have Texas plates, are they My Plates? If not, take a minute at to check out the fun you could be having.

Frequently Asked Questions, Answered:

Do I have to wait until I renew my registration to order a plate?

No. You can purchase a plate at any time. You will need to be a Texas resident with a Texas address. Your car will need to be registered in Texas before you can affix My Plates to your vehicle.

What types of vehicles can my specialty plate be issued to?

Our specialty plates are issued to a variety of vehicles including passenger, trucks, motorcycles, trailer, travel trailer, motor homes and private buses.

Can I transfer my specialty plates to another vehicle?


  • • Only to the same type of vehicle  (ex. car to car, trailer to trailer) 
  • • To a car bought from a dealer.
  • • Between vehicles you own: your   County Tax Assessor-Collector’s office staff will issue a new registration sticker and assist with the transfer.

Can I transfer my message from an existing personalized Texas plate (PLP) when I purchase a new My Plates plate?

Yes! We call it “porting”, but it has to be done in conjunction with a new My Plates purchase, and you must speak to one of our friendly service center agents at 888- 7MYPLATES (888-769-7528) to do so.

Once I own a My Plates with a message, can I move my message to a different My Plates design?

Yes! We call it “restyling”. You may do so by speaking to one of our friendly service center agents at 888-7MYPLATES (888- 769-7528). Restyling is done for the same term-length that you originally purchased, at a one-time charge of $55.

Who makes Texas license plates?

TxDMV contracts with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to manufacture license plates. The plates are made by offenders at the Wynne Correctional Unit in Huntsville. ?

Can the plate have special characters and spaces in personalization?

My Plates now offers these special characters to help really personalize your plate!

  • • Dashes
  • • Periods
  • • Silhouette of the State of Texas
  • • Heart

These join the already existing “space” and International Symbol of Access (ISA) or call 888- 7MY-PLATES (888-769-7528) and personalize your plates today!

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The material provided here is for informational purposes only and is not intended and should not be considered as legal advice for your particular matter. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. Applicability of the legal principles discussed in this material may differ substantially in individual situations.

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