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Specialty License Plate Auctions

State law allows the TxDMV's specialty license plate vendor, My Plates, to auction license plate numbers, which can be a word or phrase.

Winning Bidders

Winning bidders are given exclusive rights to the license plate number for 10 or 25 year terms with an option to renew for additional 10-year term. Winning bidders choose the background design from the vendor's license plate collection.

The TxDMV oversees the production of all license plates, which are manufactured at a state prison facility. It usually takes six weeks before personalized specialty license plates are ready.

Buyers pick up the plates at their local county tax office. The plate owner is recorded in the state's motor vehicle database - even if the plates are not put on a vehicle. This helps protect the owner from theft.

Vehicle registration

Vehicle registration is not included in the price of auctioned specialty license plates. Plate owners must pay their annual vehicle registration.

Renewals

Buyers are provided a 10-year renewal option before the plates expire.

Those who use the plates on their vehicles must follow Texas law, which requires vehicle owners to display the front and back plate.

Transferring Auctioned Plates

Unlike other personalized specialty plates, auction plates may be transferred by sale, gift or inheritance.

When auctioned plates are transferred, buyers receive the remainder of the term left on the plate. For instance, if you purchased a 10-year term auctioned license number after the original owner had it for 4 years, the plate is still good for the remaining 6 years.

There are important steps sellers and buyers must take to transfer the plates.

Sellers must:

Visit their local county tax office to obtain replacement license plates for their vehicle and a new registration sticker.

Buyers must:

  • Submit a TxDMV auction license plate transfer form.
    VTR-900 Auction License Plate Number Transfer
  • Visit their local county tax office if they plan to use the plates on a vehicle.
  • Once the license plate number is transferred to a new owner, the previous owner may not display it on his or her vehicle.
What if I sell my vehicle?

Be sure to take your license plates off, and remove the registration sticker. Your local county tax office can transfer the plates to your new vehicle and issue you a new registration sticker.

Can I put my plate number on a different design?

Yes. You will be charged a $55 restyle fee for manufacturing the new plate design with your license plate number. Contact My Plates, wwww.myplates.com, to choose a new design.

It takes about six weeks to manufacture and deliver the plates to your local county tax office, where you pick them up.

Scheduled Auctions
and Costs

The TxDMV does not schedule, organize or conduct auctions. This is the responsibility of the specialty license plate marketing vendor, My Plates. Please contact My Plates for auction details, www.myplates.com or call (888) 769-7528.

FAQs

When was the first specialty license plate auction held?

The first auction was held on January 13, 2011.

What if I sell my vehicle?

Be sure to take your license plates off, and remove the registration sticker. Your local county tax office can transfer the plates to your new vehicle and issue you a new registration sticker.

Can I put my plate number on a different design?

Yes. You will be charged a $55 restyle fee for manufacturing the new plate design with your license plate number. Contact My Plates, wwww.myplates.com, to choose a new design.

It takes about six weeks to manufacture and deliver the plates to your local county tax office, where you pick them up.

I bought license plates from the original auction winner, can I resell them?

Yes. However, all buyers must submit a TxDMV auction license plate number transfer form.

VTR-900 Auction License Plate Number Transfer

Buyers also must visit their local county tax assessor-collector office if they plan to use the plates on a vehicle.

All purchasers have the same options as the original owner. They may:

  • Put the license plates purchased on their vehicle after submitting the TxDMV auction license plate transfer form.
  • Place the license plate number on a new My Plates design after paying a $55 restyling fee and after submitting a TxDMV auction license plate transfer form. Contact My Plates at www.myplates.com or toll free at (888) 769-7528 to choose a new plate design and for more information. New plates must be picked up at your local county tax office.
  • Keep the license plate number for the remainder of the 10 or 25-year term after submitting a TxDMV auction license plate transfer form. For instance, if the original owner of a 10-year term auctioned plate used the license plate number for 4 years and then sold it, the new owner has 6 years before expiration.
  • Renew their exclusive right to the license plate number for another 10 years when the plate number approaches its 10 or 25-year expiration date.

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