All the Incredible Vanity Plates Massachusetts Rejected This Year

Part 1 of 3: Choose your personalized plate message

Step 1: Visit the Massachusetts website. Go to the official website for the state of Massachusetts.

Step 2: Go to the transportation page. Visit the transportation page on the Massachusetts website.

Hover your mouse over the “Transportation and recreation” link on the Navigation bar. A drop-down menu will be displayed. Click on the Transportation link to access the transportation page.

Step 3: Access the vanity plate page. Locate the menu on the right side of the page titled “Online services”, then click on the “Check the availability of a vanity plate” link.

Step 4: Choose a plate message. Select a personalized license plate message, and type it into the verification box.

  • Tip: The license plate message cannot be less than two characters or more than six characters, and cannot contain spaces, periods, or any form of punctuation. All of the numbers must be at the end of the message, and the plate has to begin with at least two letters.

  • Warning: Plates are not allowed to use the letters “I”, “O”, “Q”, or “U” to misspell a word. For example, while “HELLO” is an acceptable plate, neither “HEIIO” nor “HELLQ” is.

Step 5: Check the availability. Click the “Verify” button to see if your chosen license plate message is available. If the message is unavailable or invalid, click the back button on your browser and try a new message.

  • Warning: Crude, offensive, or inflammatory plate messages will be rejected. Plates containing inappropriate messages may appear as available on the vanity plate page, but your application for the plate will be rejected.

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How do I get a Massachusetts license plate?

To get a license plate in Massachusetts, you’ll need to register and insure your vehicle first.To register your vehicle, you’ll need the following documents:
  • Completed Registration and Title Application

  • Bill of Sale

  • One of the following:
    • A manufacturers certificate of origin (new vehicles only)

    • Previous owner's certificate of title

    • The previous owner’s registration (only for vehicles that are exempt from having a title)

    • Dealer re-assignment form (if applicable)

  • Payment
    • Registration fee ($60 for a two-year plate)

    • Title fee ($75)

    • Sales tax 6.25%

You will receive a license plate and registration decal, certificate, and a new title!If you want to replace your current plates, follow Massachusetts’ instructions for doing so. You will need:
  • Vehicle registration number (VIN) and vehicle information

  • Your information (date of birth, driver’s license number, etc.)

  • Payment (typically $10 to replace)

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