How to Get a Special or Personalized Oklahoma License Plate

Oklahoma License Plate

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.

Oklahoma Custom License Plate Procedure

  1. 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 the 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.
  2. Get an application: Applications are easily downloadable in Adobe PDF format online. You can find an application for a personalized plate and a listing of all the available specialty plates. Or, if you prefer, you can pick up an application at any Oklahoma Tag Agency.
  1. 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:
      1. Name, address, and phone
  2. Background color choice (default is white)
  3. Vehicle information including year, make, model, title number, and regular license number
  4. Fees: 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.
  1. Sign and mail: Make sure to sign your application. Applications can be submitted in person to any Oklahoma Tag Agency or mailed to:
    1. Oklahoma Tax Commission
    2. Motor Vehicle Division
    3. Special License Plate Section
    4. 2501 Lincoln Boulevard
    5. Oklahoma City, OK 73194-0201
  2. 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.