Arkansas License Plate Information Summary
Registering a new vehicle will get you new Arkansas license plates. Once you have your first set of plates, you can transfer them to each new car you buy (assuming you've sold your old car). Should your plates be stolen of damaged, you can order new ones.
Arkansas License Plates Offered
Arkansas issues and requires license plates for all types of passenger vehicles, including mobile homes and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs).
Some types of vehicles only need plates on the rear. Others need ones on the front as well. The OMV will sort this out for you.
You'll also need a sticker on your rear plate to indicate that your registration is up to date.
You have the option to order a wide variety of non-standard Arkansas license plates, including vanity plates, disability plates, military plates, and others.
In most cases, when you buy a new car you can simply transfer your old plates over. Should you need new plates, however, you will get a temporary plate within five days of purchase. You must register your vehicle and get plates withing a 30-day period.
You should get a temporary plate from your dealer. If you don't, however, you can get one from the OMV – but that is not advised, because if you're going to the OMV anyway, you can simply get your official Arkansas license plates.
When You Need To Get Arkansas License Plates
You must get Arizona license plates withing 30 days of moving to the state, or 30 days of registering your vehicle.
Keeping Your License Plates Up To Date
When your registration expires, so do the stickers on your Arkansas license plates. To keep them up to date, contact the OMV either by phone, mail, online or in person.
If Your Arkansas License Plates Are Stolen
Should your plates be stolen, or your stickers become damaged, either contact the OMV at (501) 682-4692 or go to your local OMV office.
Transferring Or Surrendering Your License Plates
If you need to transfer your plates to a new vehicle, contact the OMV. There will be a $1 fee.
Should you need to surrender your plates for any reason, you can take them to your local OMV office.
Arkansas License Plate Costs
Every time you register or re-register your vehicle, you will pay $2.50 for your stickers.
In addition, you will have to pay a registration fee of $17 for cars up to 3,000 pounds, $25 for up to 4,500 pounds, and $30 for larger cars.
Trucks and vans cost $21.
Motorcycles under 250 cc are $3, and $7 for larger bikes.