For many years, the standard Oklahoma license plate was based on Allen Houser's "Sacred Rain Arrow" statue and featured an Apache warrior shooting an arrow. For 2017, the state released a new design that was not universally well-received. A sky blue color, the plate (pictured) is centered on the state bird, a scissortail flycatcher. If you want something different or would like to make a statement with your car's license plate, there are several options available to you.
You can apply for a personalized Oklahoma license plate or a specialty plate dedicated to a cause or organization. Here's how to do it.
Decide what you want:
Do you want a personalized plate (a unique word or set of numbers)? Or do you want a special license plate that displays a specific organization, hobby or cause? If it's the latter, you should make your selection from this list of options. If it's a personalized plate, you'll need to come up with several different possibilities in case your first choice is taken.
Get an application:
Applications are easily downloadable in Adobe PDF format online. You can find an application for a personalized plate here and a listing of all the available specialty plates here.
Or, if you prefer, you can pick up an application at any Oklahoma Tag Agency.
Fill out the application:
For a personalized plate, you'll need to specify six choices in the order you prefer them. The application also asks for the following information:
- Name, Address and Phone
- Background Color Choice (Default is White)
- Vehicle Information Including Year, Make, Model, Title Number and Regular License Number
Getting first-time personalized plates costs $23 and typically takes about 4 months to process. Personalized plate renewals are $21.50 and take about 2 months. Payment should accompany the application and be made out to: Oklahoma Tax Commission. Make sure to include your driver's license number on the check or money order.
Sign and Mail:
Make sure to sign your application. Applications can be submitted in person to any Oklahoma Tag Agency or mailed to:
Oklahoma Tax Commission
Motor Vehicle Division
Special License Plate Section
2501 Lincoln Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK 73194-0201
Attach the tag to your vehicle:
Once you receive your personalized tag, you should attach it to the rear of your vehicle. You must keep your regular license plate inside your vehicle as well.
- License plates will be issued with a maximum of seven letters, no less than seven numbers or a combination of four letters and up to three numbers. This includes spaces and hyphens. No other punctuation or symbols will be used.
- Once a person is assigned a personalized license plate, they have priority to that plate as long as they continue to renew it in on time.
- Special and personalized license plates can be transferred to another vehicle, but you must submit a Request to Transfer Form. This form is available in Adobe PDF format online or from any Oklahoma Tag Agency.