Arizona License Plate Information Summary
You need to get an Arizona license plate in person at the Department of Motor Vehicle office. You'll do this when you register your new vehicle.
Renewing your Arizona license plate is easier. You can do so online, by phone, by mail, or at the DMV office. You'll need to replace your plate if it are damaged or stolen.
If you sell, trade, or donate your vehicle, you can keep your vanity plate for your new vehicle. There are other types of plates you may also be able to transfer.
Arizona License Plates Offered
Arizona offers a full suite of license plate types. Most are either vanity plates, or plates associated with an organization. You can contact your DMV to find out what types of plates are currently available.
They offer two types of standard plates – one for most people, and disability plates. The standard plate reads “Grand Canyon State” and has pictures of mountains and a setting sun.
You only need to have your plate on the back of your vehicle.
When You Need To Get Arizona License Plate
When you first get your new vehicle, you may get a temporary plate. This will last until you get your official plate.
A dealership will arrange to get your new plate for you. If you buy privately, you can go online to get a three-day permit – but you must immediately get the new plate.
Keeping Your License Plate Up To Date
You'll renew your Arizona license plate when you renew your registration. You will be sent a reminder notice in the mail that this has to happen.
You can do so in person, online, by mail or by phone.
If Your Arizona License Plate Is Stolen
Should you find out that your license plate is stolen or damaged, you can get a new one either in person at the DMV or by mail. It will cost $5. You do not have to file a police report.
To apply by mail, get a plate notice form, enclose a check and return postage stamps, and send it off. If you apply at the DMV office, you will also need an ID and the VIN number of your vehicle.
If only your stickers are damaged, you can order new ones online or in person.
They will cost you an extra $5. If you want to get new tags in person, you'll need to bring a form of ID with you.
Transferring Or Surrendering Your License Plate
When you sell or donate your car, you must remove the plate and fill out a vehicle sold notice within 10 days.
If you have one of the many plates that can be transferred to your new vehicle, you can do so at that time. If not, you can apply for a registration credit towards a new plate. You can also apply for a refund if you are moving out of the state or not getting a new vehicle.
You are never required to surrender your plate to the DMV.
Arizona License Plate Costs
Arizona license plate costs vary widely. They depend on the type, cost and condition of your vehicle. Contact your local DMV for more information.
As noted above, a replacement plate and stickers are $5 each.