Personalized license plates are a great way to have fun with your car. With a special theme and a one-of-a-kind message, you can really say a lot about yourself with a personalized license plate.
With a personalized license plate, you have something that is truly unique: no other car on the road has your license plate. Whether you choose to have the initials of your kid, or profess your devotion to a sports team, it’s a space to project something that you find important. Purchasing a personalized Connecticut license plate is quick and easy, and can be done online.
Part 1 of 2: Find and purchase your personalized license plates
Step 1: Visit the Connecticut DMV page: Go to the Connecticut Division of Motor Vehicles website.
Step 2: Visit the vehicle services page: Go to the vehicle services page by clicking on the button that says “Vehicle services.”
Step 3: Get started with your plates: Click on the “Order special license plates” button to get started purchasing personalized Connecticut license plates.
Step 4: Check your compliance: Check your compliance to make sure that you can order a personalized plate.
Click on the “Check your compliance” button, then follow the instructions.
- Tip: Use this feature to make sure that you don’t have any outstanding issues, such as unpaid parking tickets, that will prohibit you from getting your personalized plate.
Step 5: Fill out your basic info: Fill out your basic information in the personalized plate form.
Return to the vehicle services page, and choose whether you are an individual or an organization.
Fill out the basic information on the form, such as your name and current plate number.
- Tip: You must have a valid Connecticut driver’s license, and your vehicle must currently be registered in Connecticut.
Step 6: Choose the plate design: Choose a license plate design.
Browse the available options and choose the license plate design that you like the most. Keep in mind that this design will be hosting your custom license plate message.
- Tip: It’s a smart idea to take some time and think about what plate design you want, so you get one that you will be very happy with.
Step 7: Choose a message: Choose a license plate message.
Input your chosen license plate message where the form prompts you.
Follow the instructions on the form to check the availability of your license plate message.
Tip: Since Connecticut is a relatively small state, there are many available license plates, so don’t be scared to try something that you think might be taken.
Warning: If the plate message you choose is crude, vulgar, or offensive, the DMV will reject your application.
Step 8: Pay the fee: Pay the personalized license plate fee.
When prompted, pay the fee that comes with your personalized license plate.
- Tip: You will need to pay this fee with a credit card.
Part 2 of 2: Install your personalized license plates
Step 1: Get your plates: Get your personalized license plates.
Your license plates may be shipped to you, or they may be shipped to your nearest DMV. If they are shipped to the DMV, the office will call you when they arrive, and you can go pick them up.
- Tip: Your personalized license plates may not arrive for two or three months.
Step 2: Install your plates: Install your personalized license plates.
Once you have your plates, install them on both the front and the back of your vehicle. Be sure that they are secured properly.
Tip: If you do not feel comfortable installing license plates by yourself, you can hire a mechanic to come help you.
Warning: Make sure to put current registration stickers on your new personalized license plates.
Your new Connecticut personalized license plates will look great and your car, and will customize your vehicle in a really fun way. Every time you look at your car you’ll see your personalized plates, and they’ll certainly make you happy.
This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How to Buy a Personalized License Plate in Connecticut and was authored by Brady Klopfer.