To apply for a trade plate, or professional plate, you must already have a registration sticker and a regular series plate issued by DMV. You can apply online, through regular mail or in person at the DMV.
- Apply for a trade plate online
To apply for a trade or professional plate online, do a Google search to find your local DMV website. Depending on the state you live in, you may need to have a valid vehicle registration in the passenger, commercial or motorcycle registration class that does not expire within 60 days. The mailing address on your vehicle registration record must be your current mailing address. Your vehicle registration record must match your current name, if your name has changed. To pay, you must have a credit card that DMV accepts and a valid email address for confirmation.
- Apply for a trade plate by mail
To apply for a trade or professional plate by mail, first go to your local DMV website and find and print out the order form for trade or personalized plates. Fill it out and mail it to the address on the form. Payment might be requested as a credit card or check.
- Apply for a trade plate in person
To apply for a trade or professional plate in person, visit the DMV nearest you. Find and fill out all appropriate forms, and make sure you bring all necessary documentation. Depending on the state you live in, trade, or professional plates, may only be available when ordered from the Custom Plates Unit.