How to Create & Print a License Plate Online

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In order to get an official personalized license plate, you have to apply through your state's department of motor vehicles, but there is a way to have your own unofficial plates printed using online services. The plates can contain any personalization options that you desire, including letters, numbers, phrases and pictures. These are also popular with fraternity and sorority members who want to proudly represent their organizations.

Visit a website that specializes in the design and production of custom license plates. Websites include,, and

Choose a template for your personalized license plate. This can be anything from a beach-themed design or a simple solid colored plate. The plate designs may be grouped by category, such as sports or business themes. Pick a backdrop that represents your personal style and preferences.

Choose the color that you want for your frame if there are multiple choices for the template you selected. Select a color for the font as well.

Click the option to start customizing your plate design choice. Type in the message that you want displayed on your plate. For example, for a sports themed plate you can type in "Go Tigers!" You can also simply write your nickname on the plate or a series of letters and numbers that fit into the template (for instance, ULUVME2)

Add an image to the plate if that option is available. The service may have a library of popular images or clip art for you to choose from.

Preview the finished plate and save it. The service may give you the option to choose the material that the plate will be printed on, such as aluminum (metal) or plastic.

Type in the number of plates that you want and view the cost (there may be a quantity discount available). Purchase the sign and allow up to two weeks for production and delivery depending on the service.


  • If your state requires you to have two plates on your car, do not replace one of your official license plates with this custom license plate. It is not accepted by the governing authority.