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Specialty Plates

These plates can be purchased for cars or light trucks with an empty weight of 7,000 pounds or less and a gross vehicle weight of 9,000 pounds or less.  You may use Form MV-95 to apply for these specialty plates except for personalized plates. 

The following license plates are available:

South Carolina Personalized License Plate

First time applications must be handled by mail using form Form MV-96. The number of letters or numbers are limited to seven for motor vehicles and six for motorcycles. The only symbol you may use is" &". No symbols may be used on a motorcycle plate. Blank spaces are counted as one letter or number. The fee is $30.00 plus the registration fee.

South Carolina United We Stand License Plate

The United We Stand Plate honors the victims who lost their lives in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The fee for the plate is $25.00 every two years in addition to the regular motor vehicle registration fee. Fees collected for this plate will be distributed to the national 'Rewards For Justice' fund which was created to establish rewards for the capture of terrorists. This plate is available to anyone interested in commemorating September 11 and supporting our nation's efforts to combat terrorism.

South Carolina In God We Trust License Plate

The In God We Trust Plate is available for private passenger vehicles and trucks with an empty weight of 7,000 pounds or less and a gross vehicle weight of 9,000 pounds or less. The requirements and registration fee for this plate is the same as a regular license plate. The biennial fee is $24.00.

No More Homeless Pets

A portion of the fees collected for this plate go into a special account for the State Veterinarian to support annual spaying and neutering programs. The fee for this special plate is $70.00 in addition to the regular vehicle registration fee.

Nurses Care

The Nurses Care is available to all SC residents. A portion of the fees collected are distributed to the South Carolina Nurses Foundation to endow scholarships for all of the state's registered nursing programs. The fee for this plate is $46.00 in addition to the regular vehicle registration fee.



Also available:
Jeff Burton
Dale Earnhardt
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Jeff Gordon
Rusty Wallace

NASCAR

The NASCAR plates will be available for purchase on December 2, 2002. DMV will begin accepting applications for the plates on October 31, 2002.

A portion of the fees collected for these plates will go to the following:

  • The South Carolina Children's Emergency Shelter Fund established by the South Carolina Department of Social Services to benefit children's emergency shelters in South Carolina.

  • The South Carolina Sports Development Office Fund established by the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

  • The NASCAR License Plate Highway Safety Fund established by the South Carolina Department of Public Safety to promote highway safety in conjunction with the South Carolina Department of Transportation.

The fees for each plate are $70.00 plus the regular $24.00 biennial registration fee.

CampSertoma

A portion of the fees collected for this plate go to the Camp Sertoma Fund. Although Camp Sertoma is a membership-base organization, the plates are available to all South Carolina residents. The cost for the plate is $70.00 in addition to the regular registration fees.

Morris Island Light License Plate

A portion of the fees collected for the Morris Island Light license plate will be distributed to Save the Light, Inc., or another nonprofit fund designated by Save the Light, Inc., for the restoration and preservation of the Morris Island Lighthouse. The historic Morris Island Lighthouse was erected in 1876 and is located off the coast of Folly Beach, South Carolina. The fee for the plate is $100.00 in addition to the regular registration fee.

Rotary International License Plate

A portion of the fees collected for this plate will be deposited to an account designated by each South Carolina Rotary District and be distributed properly be each district. The fee for this plate is $70.00 in additional to the regular registration fee.

Share The Road Palmetto Cycling

A portion of the fees collected for this plate go to the Palmetto Cycling Coalition, Inc. or another non-profit organization designated by the Palmetto Cycling Coalition for the promotion of bicycling safety and education programs. Although the Palmetto Cycling Coalition is a membership-based organization, the plates are available to all South Carolina residents. The cost for the plate is $30.00 in addition to the regular registration fees.

Delta Sigma Theta Plate

A portion of the fees collected for the Delta Sigma Theta plate will be used for academic scholarships. To apply for the plate, you must present a current organizational membership card or a certificate of membership. The fee for the plate is $70.00 every two years in addition to the regular registration fee.

Education

Twenty dollars of the fee will be placed in a Public Education: A Great Investment Fund and $34.00 will be distributed to the school designated for the purchase of computers for use in the classrooms. Issued to light trucks no more than 5,000 lbs. gross vehicle weight. The total fee for the plate is $54.00.

Endangered Species

Fees collected in addition to the registration fees will be deposited into a Nongame Wildlife and Natural Areas Fund. The initial fee for this plate is $24.00 plus the registration fee. Renewal fees are $10.00 plus the registration fee.

Firefighter

First time applications must be handled by mail. A portion of the fees collected for this plate (based on the total number sold) goes to the South Carolina Fire Academy. You must certify that you are an active or retired member of a fire department on the application (Chief Officer of the Fire Unit must sign the application). The fee is $70.00 plus the registration fee.

Emergency Medical Technician

First time applications must be handled by mail. One per applicant. You must hold a valid EMT certificate issued by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Services, Division of Emergency Services. The fee is $30.00 plus the registration fee.

Shag

No special requirements. The fee is $50.00 plus the registration fee.

Shriners

You must present a statement from your Shriners group, dues card or any other official document verifying you are a Shriner.  The fee for the plate is $30.00 plus the registration fee.

Motorcycle

Issued to motor vehicles having no more than two permanent functional wheels in contact with the ground or with a detachable side car or trailer and having a saddle for the use of the rider. Excludes tractors.

Special Olympics

No special requirements. A portion of this fee will be deposited into a Special Olympic Fund. The fee for the plate is $50.00 plus the registration fee.

Square Dance

No special requirements. The fee is $50.00 plus the registration fee.

Antique

To obtain an antique license plate, your current title must be surrendered and the department will issue a new title marked Antique. To qualify for an antique license plate, the automobile must be at least 30 years old or the motorcycle must be at least 25 years old. The vehicle is to be used in club activities, exhibits, tours, parades and similar events, but shall not be used for general transportation. When the vehicle is sold, junked, or otherwise disposed of, you must surrender the antique license plate to the department. The fee for the plate is $15.00.

H.L. Hunley Plate

The plate commemorates the H.L. Hunley submarine that sunk off the cost of Sullivan's Island in 1864 and was finally recovered in 1995. The fee for the plate is $100 every two years in addition to the regular motor vehicle registration fee. Sixty dollars from the sale of each plate is distributed to the Save the Hunley Fund created by the Hunley Commission or another non-profit fund designated by the commission. The funds provide for the continued curation of the Hunley submarine. This plate is available to anyone interested in the restoration and preservation of the submarine.

Lions Club International License Plate

To apply for the Lions Club International plate, you must present a current organizational membership card or a letter on organizational letterhead that states you are a current and active member of the organization. The fee for the plate is $30.00 every two years in additional to the regular registration fee.

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity License Plate

A portion of the fees collected for the Omega Psi Phi plate will be used for academic scholarships. To apply for the plate, you must present a current organizational membership card, a certificate of membership, or a letter on organizational letterhead that states you are a current member.  The fee for the plate is $70.00 every two years in addition to the regular registration fee.

West Point License Plate

To apply for the West Point plate, you must present a current organizational membership card or a letter on organizational letterhead that states you are a current member.  The fee for the plate is $30.00 every two years in addition to the regular registration fee.  As a non-profit organization, West Point does not receive any portion of the funds generated from the license plate sales.

Sons of Confederate Veterans Plate

This license plate is only available to certified members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.  The fee is $30 every two years in addition to the regular motor vehicle registration fee.  As a non-profit organization, the Sons of Confederate Veterans does not receive any portion of the funds generated from the license plate sales. 

First in Golf Plate

This plate recognizes South Carolina as having been the number one golf destination in the United States. The cost for the plate is $70.00 plus registration fee.  Proceeds from this plate are distributed to the SC Junior Golf Association to fund its many programs such as scholarships and free golf instruction for minority and underprivileged children

Fraternal Order of Police

This plate is available to all members of the Fraternal Order of Police. The fee is $30.00 plus the regular registration fee.

Working for the Wild Turkey

A portion of the fees for this plate will be distributed to National Wild Turkey Federation. The fee is $70.00 plus the regular registration fee.

Amateur Radio

First time applications must be handled by mail. You must certify on the application that you hold an unrevoked and unexpired amateur radio license of a renewable nature as issued by the Federal Communications Commission. The fee for the plate is $2.00 plus the registration fee.

Kappa Alpha Psi

A portion of the fees collected for the Kappa Alpha Psi plate will be used for academic scholarships. To apply for the plate, you must present a current organizational membership card or a certificate of membership. The fee for the plate is $70.00 every two years in addition to the regular registration fee.

Technology Alliance

A portion of the fees collected for this plate will be distributed to the South Carolina Technology Alliance for the continued development of high technology programs across the state and to provide resources for SC Technology Entrepreneurs. The fee for the special plate is $100.00 in addition to the regular registration fee.

Keep It Beautiful

The Keep South Carolina Beautiful plate is available to all South Carolina residents. A portion of the fees collected for this plate are distributed to the Department of Transportation for the beautification of South Carolina highways. The fee for this plate is $54.00 plus the regular registration fee

Heritage Classic Foundation

The Heritage Classic Foundation Plate is available for private passenger vehicles. A portion of the fees collected for the plate go to the Heritage Classic Foundation. The fee is $75.00 every two years in addition to the regular biennial vehicle license fee of $24.00

Secular Humanists of the Low Country Plate

To apply for a Secular Humanist plate, you must present a current organizational membership showing that you are a current and active member of the organization. The fee for the plate is $30.00 every two years in additional to the regular registration fee.  As a non-profit organization, the Secular Humanists of the Low Country do not receive any portion of the funds generated from the license plate sales.

Gone Fishing

The Saltwater Fishing special license plate is available to all South Carolina residents. A portion of the fees collected will be administered by the Department of Natural Resources to manage and conserve the marine resources of the State. The fee for this plate is $75.00 plus the regular vehicle registration fee.

South Carolina Chiropractic Association

To apply for a SC Chiropractic Association plate, you must present a membership letter on organizational letterhead that states you are a member of the organization. The fee for the plate is $30.00 every two years in additional to the regular registration fee.

South Carolina Ducks Unlimited

The Ducks Unlimited plate is available to all SC residents. A portion of the fees collected are distributed to the South Carolina Ducks Unlimited State Committee for wetlands conservation projects in South Carolina. The fee for this plate is $50.00 in addition to the regular vehicle registration fee.

South Carolina Elks Association

The SC Elks Association license plate does not require a membership and is available to all SC residents. A portion of the fees collected for the plate will be used to support the SC Elk's Association's Alzheimer's state project. The fee is $30.00 in addition to the regular vehicle registration fee.