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Before anyone can drive on West Virginia roads and highways, vehicles must be titled and registered beforehand. The license plate, registration card, and insurance certificate should be kept in the vehicle at all times.

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West Virginia License Plates & Placards

If you live in West Virginia and want to drive a vehicle on public roads, you must register it. When a vehicle is registered in West Virginia, the owner will receive a license plate and registration card, which should be kept in the vehicle with the current insurance certificate at all times.

New Residents must have their vehicles titled and registered within thirty (30) days of establishing residency.

If your license plate is lost or stolen, you can apply through DMV Online Services for a replacement plate. Once a plate is reported as lost or stolen, the same plate number cannot be used again. Immediately notify the West Virginia State Police if a license plate is lost or stolen.

If a license plate becomes worn, faded, or otherwise illegible, request a new plate at the time of renewal for no additional charge. If you request a new plate at any other time, there is a $10.00 fee.

Types of West Virginia License Plates

There are a number of special license plates being offered in West Virginia. A vehicle must already be titled and registered with a regular license plate before applying for any of the special license plates. Click here to view the license plate collection posters.

  • Associations and Organizations
    • 911-Enhanced Council
    • A.F. & A.M.
    • Amateur Radio
    • Benevolent Protective Order of Elks
    • Beni Kedem Temple
    • Bowlers
    • Certified Firefighter
    • Contractors Association of WV
    • Deputy Sheriffs Association
    • Disabled American Veterans
    • Emergency Medical Services
    • F. & A.M. P.H.A.
    • Fire Fighter
    • Fraternal Order of Police
    • Knights of Columbus
    • League of Postmasters
    • Lions International
    • Osiris Shriner
    • Professional Firefighter
    • Pupil Transportation
    • Rotary International
    • Volunteer Firefighter
    • Wounded in the Line of Duty
    • WV Chiropractic Society
    • WV Square and Round Dance Federation
  • Colleges and Universities
    • Alderson-Broaddus College
    • Concord College
    • Davis and Elkins
    • Marshall University
    • Penn State Alumni
    • Virginia Tech
    • Wesleyan College
    • West Virginia State College
    • West Virginia University
    • WV Tech
  • General Interest
    • Standard
    • 150th Anniversary License Plate
    • 9-11 Commemorative
    • Antique Vehicle
    • Breast Cancer Awareness
    • Character Education
    • Classic Car
    • Educator
    • FFA – 4H
    • Friends of Coal
    • In God We Trust
    • Mobility Impaired
    • NASCAR® – Standard
    • NASCAR® – Carl Edwards #99
    • NASCAR® – Dale Earnhardt
    • NASCAR® – Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88
    • NASCAR® – Jeff Gordon #24
    • NASCAR® – Jimmie Johnson #48
    • NASCAR® – Kevin Harvick #29
    • NASCAR® – Matt Kenseth #17
    • NASCAR® – Tony Stewart #14
    • Organ Donor
    • Scenic
    • United We Stand
    • Whitewater Rafting
    • Wildlife – Bird
    • Wildlife – Black Bear
    • Wildlife – Bluebird
    • Wildlife – Brook Trout
    • Wildlife – Deer
  • Military
    • 82nd Airborne Division Association
    • Air Force Cross
    • Air Force Reserves
    • Air Force Retired
    • Air Medal
    • Air National Guard
    • American Legion
    • Army National Guard
    • Army Reserves
    • Army Retired
    • Bronze Star
    • Coast Guard Reserves
    • Coast Guard Retired
    • Combat Infantry Badge
    • Combat Medic
    • Disabled Veterans
    • Distinguished Flying Cross
    • Distinguished Service Cross
    • Former Prisoner of War
    • Gold Star Family
    • Korean War Veteran
    • Marine Corps League
    • Marine Corps Reserves
    • Marines Corps Retired
    • Medal of Honor
    • Navy Cross
    • Navy Reserves
    • Navy Retired
    • Pearl Harbor Survivor
    • Persian Gulf Veteran
    • Purple Heart
    • Silver Star
    • Veteran
    • Vietnam War Veteran
    • War On Terrorism – Afghanistan
    • War on Terrorism – Iraq
    • Women Veterans
    • World War II Veteran

Personalized plates are issued for Class A vehicles only. An applicant must first title their vehicle and have a regular Class A plate issued on that vehicle. No requests will be accepted unless the Division has a record of that vehicle and current plate.

Transferring of License Plates in West Virginia

A personalized plate can be transferred to another vehicle in the original registrant’s name or from husband to wife or wife to husband. A $5.00 transfer fee and $.50 insurance fee is required.

Titling Requirements and Procedure in West Virginia

Before anyone can drive on West Virginia roads and highways, vehicles must be titled and registered beforehand. The license plate, registration card, and insurance certificate should be kept in the vehicle at all times.

New residents must have their vehicles titled and registered within thirty (30) days of establishing residency.

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Buying a used car in West Virginia?  Don’t make a costly mistake. Run a Free License Plate Lookup for your West Virginia-registered vehicle!

  1. Check for accidents. Every year, approximately 6.0 million automobile accidents are reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  2. Check for title brands. Flood, hail-damage, and salvage titles are examples of critical title brands.
  3. Check for special purpose designations, including taxi-use, rental-use, or police-use.
  4. Check for thefts. Lookup a VIN to check for an active theft or previously recovered theft record.

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