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Specialty Plates

Radio Amateur Plates

A radio amateur plate has the radio call sign of a holder of a novice class or higher two-way radio license issued by the Federal Communications Commission. The license holder may apply to the Department of Transportation for one passenger and one truck plate. If approved, the Department of Transportation will send the plates to the county of the owner's residence. The county treasurer will issue and renew these plates in the same manner and for the same fees as regular license plates. However, since no county number is on the plate, the county designator is "AR".

Radio Ameteur Plate Application

Disabled Veteran License Plates

Disabled veteran license plates have a distinctive disabled veteran symbol on them in place of the county number. A veteran who receives 50% or more service connected disability compensation from the veteran's administration and is a Wyoming resident at the time of application may apply for a special disabled veteran license plate for one motor vehicle owned by him, other than a bus or a motor home. Once issued, the plates must be displayed on the vehicle for which they were issued.

Since no county number is on the plate, the county designator is "DV". If the applicant qualifies, he may also apply to the veteran's commission for a special veteran's sticker that can be affixed to the plate. However, the regular renewal sticker from the county must also be affixed from year to year to validate the plate.

The county treasurer will issue and renew these plates in the same manner as regular license plates. Starting July 1, 2005, there is no fee charged for the plates if the applicant applies at least 30 days prior to the last day of the annual registration month for the vehicle.

Disabled Veteran Plate Application

Prisoner of War License Plates

Prisoner of war (POW) license plates have a distinctive POW symbol on them in the place of the county number. Any person who, while serving in the armed forces of the United States, was incarcerated by an enemy of the United States during a period of conflict may apply for one or more POW plates for a passenger car, truck or motor home. The applicant must be a resident of Wyoming at the time of application. The application is made to the Department of Transportation. When accepted, the plates are sent to the county of the owner's residence.

The county treasurer will issue and renew these plates in the same manner as other plates, but the first plate received by a POW is granted with no fees. However, since no county number is on the plate, the county designator is "PW". the Department of Transportation also currently requires a special code in the code box of the registration to identify the no fee plate. POW's may receive more than one POW plate, however the owner must pay full fees upon registering any vehicle with a second or any subsequent POW plate.

If the applicant qualifies, he may also apply to the veteran's commission for a special veteran's sticker that can be affixed to the plate. However, the regular renewal sticker from the county must also be affixed from year to year to validate the plate.

Prisoner of War Plate Application

Pearl Harbor Survivor License Plates

Pearl Harbor survivor license plates have a distinctive symbol designating the owner as a survivor of Pearl Harbor in the place of the county number. To qualify for this plate, a person must be a Wyoming resident at the time of application, and must have been a member of the U.S. armed forces on station on December 7, 1941 between the hours of 7:55 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, or offshore not more than three miles, and received an honorable discharge from the armed forces. The owner will apply to the Department of Transportation for the plate(s). When accepted, the plates are sent to the county of the owner's residence.

The county treasurer will issue and renew these plates in the same manner and for the same fees as regular license plates. Since no county number is on the plate, the county designator is "PS". If the applicant qualifies, he may also apply to the veteran's commission for a special veteran's sticker that can be affixed to the plate. However, the regular renewal sticker from the county must also be affixed from year to year to validate the plate.

Unlike other forms of specialty plates, there is a special provision for Pearl Harbor survivors that allows the surviving spouse of a deceased Pearl Harbor survivor to apply for and receive the plate.

Pearl Harbor Survivor Plate Application

Purple Heart License Plates

Purple Heart recipient license plates have a distinctive purple heart symbol on them in place of the county number. A veteran who was an official recipient of the U.S. military purple heart award may apply for the special license plates for motor vehicles owned by him. The application is made to the Department of Transportation. When accepted, the plates are sent to the county of the owner's residence.

The county treasurer will issue and renew these plates in the same manner and for the same fees as regular license plates. Since no county number is on the plate, the county designator is "PH". If the applicant qualifies, he may also apply to the veteran's commission for a special veteran's sticker that can be affixed to the plate. However, the regular renewal sticker from the county must also be affixed from year to year to validate the plate.

Purple Heart Plate Application

National Guard License Plates

National Guard license plates have the letters "NG" on them in place of the county number. Any person who is currently serving in active or retired status with the Wyoming National Guard may apply for the special license plates for motor vehicles owned by him. The application is made to the Department of Transportation. When accepted, the plates are sent to the county of the owner's residence.

The county treasurer will issue and renew these plates in the same manner and for the same fees as regular license plates. Since no county number is on the plate, the county designator is "NG". If the applicant qualifies, he may also apply to the veteran's commission for a special veteran's sticker that can be affixed to the plate. However, the regular renewal sticker from the county must also be affixed from year to year to validate the plate.

National Gaurd Plate Application

Handicapped Plates

Handicapped license plates have the international symbol of access in the place of the last two digit positions on the license plate. To qualify for this plate, the applicant must submit an application to the Department of Transportation along with a signed statement from his physician outlining his qualifications for the plate. To qualify, the applicant must have a disability that limits or impairs his ability to walk, or have regular responsibility to transport such a disabled person. Further guidance on disability is found in W.S. 31-2-213 (d).

The county treasurer will issue and renew these plates in the same manner and for the same fees as regular license plates.

Hadicapped Plate Application

Firefighter Plates

A firefighter employed by a city, county, state or fire protection district, or a volunteer firefighter (as defined by W.S. 35-9-601) may apply for distinctive plates for any vehicle owned by the firefighter, provided he has at least one year of service with the Department of Transportation and is properly certified. The chief of the fire department or his designated assistant must sign a written eligibility statement for each firefighter annually. The statement of eligibility must be presented to the county treasurer before firefighter plates or validation stickers for firefighter plates may be issued. DOT will supply the county treasurer offices with application forms for the plates.

Firefighter Plate Application
Firefighter Certification Form

Emergency Medical Technician Plates

Effective July 1 , 2007, an emergency medical technician may apply for distinctive plates for any motor vehicle owned by the EMT. To qualify, the EMT must be certified as such by the Wyoming Department of Health, and upon application must submit a written statement of eligibility and a copy of the current EMT certification. Annual statements are required for continuing renewals. All normal registration fees are charged for the plates and renewals. DOT will supply the county treasurer offices with application forms for the plates.

Emergency Medical Technician Plate Application

University of Wyoming Plates

Effective January 1 , 2008, any person may apply to the University of Wyoming for a statement of eligibility to receive a distinctive UW plate. To receive the eligibility, the applicant must pay a fee to UW of $100 (which will be indexed for inflation). In addition, the applicant will have to pay the $30 fee that would normally accompany a prestige plate. All regular registration requirements and fees will apply to these plates.

If less than 1,000 of these plates are issued before December 31, 2016, the DOT is required to stop producing and issuing them and report to the legislature.

University of Wyoming Plate Application

Antique (Pioneer) Plates

An antique plate is a special license plate that is available for an antique vehicle. The definition of antique vehicle requires that the vehicle be owned solely as a collectors item. If the owner wishes to use the car on a regular basis, it is by definition not an antique vehicle and this section does not apply.

To receive an antique plate, the owner must apply to the Department of Transportation, pay the appropriate plate fee, and show proof of payment of sales tax on the vehicle. The plate will be issued directly from the Department of Transportation. The plate is valid as long as the current owner continues to own the vehicle. Annual renewal is not necessary.

An antique plate has limited use. The vehicle can only be legally driven on antique plates for the following purposes:

  • to, from and during organized car club activities, parades, exhibitions, tours, or related activities
  • road testing before, during or after repair
  • moving the vehicle from one location to another for security
  • driving for the sole purpose of keeping the vehicle in running condition
Antique (Pioneer) Plate Application

Courtesy and Sample Plates

The Department of Transportation may produce courtesy or sample plates. Sample plates are distributed to counties and other organizations for display. Sample plates will have all zeros or the letters "SAMPL". Courtesy plates may be applied for and may have other combinations as requested by the applicant and approved by the department. Sample and courtesy plates may not be used as a legal vehicle plate. The Department of Transportation currently charges $5 for a courtesy plate.

Sample Plate Application

Veteran Plates

The 2009 Legislative session authorized new veteran plates effective January 1, 2010. This will allow honorably discharged veterans to purchase and display plates that designate the branch of service they served in.

The cost is $50 per plate, and requires a written statement of eligibility from the VA. Applications are available at the County Treasurer’s Office or on-line via the link below. To qualify, you must have served at least one period of honorable service which resulted in the issuing of a DD 214.

The following items must be mailed with your application:

  • A Copy of your DD 214 discharge certificate or separation papers. Do not submit an original. Upon verification of service, the copy with be destroyed.
  • Payment of $50.00 (check or money order) made payable to WYDOT.

If approved, your license plates will be forwarded to the Treasurer's office. Allow 4-6 weeks for processing.

Applications and payments are to be mailed to:

Wyoming Veterans Commission
5500 Bishop Blvd.
Cheyenne, WY 82009
Phone: 307-772-5145

Veteran License Plate Application

Embossed Plates

Any person required to register a vehicle in Wyoming may apply to WYDOT for embossed license plates for any vehicle owned or leased by the applicant.

  • These license plates may take 10-12 weeks for processing.
  • The fee to emboss your license plate is $50.
  • A copy of your registration and the $50 fee must accompany the application or it will be returned.
  • Your plate will be delivered to the county treasurer's office in which the vehicle is registered. For any new Prestige Plate orders in which the vehicle is registered in a county other than the owner's home county, the plates will be sent to the county treasurer's office of the county in which the applicant made the request. After that first year, the vehicle owner can then renew their Prestige Plates in their home county.

When a person is applying for an embossed plate, they cannot apply until they have the plate they want to emboss in their hand. Two exceptions are if they are applying for a new prestige plate or a new amateur radio plate.

Apply Online or use a hard copy application and send it through the mail.
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