Mississippi License Plates

Whether you want to support the military or help conserve marine life, Jerry’s ultimate list of Mississippi license plates has you covered.
Written by Samuel Todd
Reviewed by Jessica Barrett
Whether you’d like to honor veterans with your license plates or support the study of marine life,
has a sweet selection of plate designs for you to consider. 
For some people, license plates are more than just a label on their car—they’re a chance to spice up their ride with a splash of personality. And, if your daily commute takes you through
, or another town in the Magnolia State, you’re in luck: Mississippi has a fantastic array of license plates to choose from.
Here to walk you through all of the coolest options, we’ll break down why you need license plates, which one is right for you, and how you can find some incredible insurance savings in Mississippi.
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What are Mississippi license plates and why do I need them?

In short, a license plate is your car’s ID tag. It’s a convenient way to verify that your car is registered, indicate the type of registration you have, and tie your vehicle to you.
Not only are license plates helpful for the
Mississippi Department of Public Safety
(DPS), they’re also super helpful for the state’s police officers! License plates help officers track down missing or stolen cars, and can be pivotal information in a criminal case. On top of that, they smooth out the process of
determining who's at fault
in a car accident.
According to Mississippi state law, you need to have a rear license plate securely fastened to your vehicle at all times. Now it’s time for the fun part—finding the perfect license plate for you. Let’s take a look at your options!

What license plates does Mississippi have?

Mississippi license plates
can be divided into three main categories:
  • Standard plates, which you probably come across every day—they’re golden-brown, with interlocking letter Ss.
  • Special interest plates that support causes like farming, marine studies, or Down syndrome awareness.
  • Special plates, which are a mixed bag. They can be used for mopeds, collector’s vehicles, amateur radio operators, and more!

Standard license plates

Unlike states like
, Mississippi only has one option for a standard plate: the golden-brown design. Since 2019, Mississippi’s license plate has included an “In God We Trust” seal at its center.
Mississippi is one of 19 states that do not require a front license plate—so, as long as you’re rocking a rear plate, you’re good to go.

Special interest license plates

  • Share the Road: If you’re a big cyclist, Mississippi is one of the few states that offers a bicycle-friendly license plate for cars. These look especially good on the backs of outdoorsy vehicles like
  • Coastal Conservation: The mission of Mississippi’s
    Coastal Conservation Association
    is simple: “to advise and educate the public on conservation of marine resources.” It’s a super cool cause, and you can support it with a CCA plate.
  • Down Syndrome Awareness: Raise awareness for conditions like Down syndrome, autism, and dyslexia with Mississippi’s assortment of cause-based plates.
  • Farm Families of Mississippi: Whether you’re a farmer or just somebody who loves farm-fresh produce, you can promote the health of
    Mississippi’s agriculture industry
    with this sparse, stylish design.
  • Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS): If you’re a big fan of dolphins, sharks, or other marine creatures, you can become an advocate for their conservation with a plate from the
  • Honoring Veterans: Represent the Stars and Stripes—and those who have fought to protect it—with one of
    Mississippi’s patriotic plates
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Special license plates

  • Amateur Radio: If you’re the owner of an amateur radio station, we’ve got good news! You can apply for a radio plate through the Mississippi DPS and get a little free advertising on the back of your car.
  • Antique Car: For drivers of classic cars—they have to be at least 25 years old—you can get a throwback, black and white antique plate.
  • Disabled: To gain access to disabled parking spots, you can
    apply for a handicap placard or disabled plates
    using Jerry’s quick and easy guide.
  • Marine Corps: Pay respect to your fellow Marines with Mississippi’s commanding gold and green Marine Corps plate design. 
  • Purple Heart: If you were injured in combat, you can apply for Mississippi’s highly respected Purple Heart plate.
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How do I get a Mississippi license plate?

Getting a custom Mississippi license plate should be no problem—all you need to do is
register your vehicle
! If you just moved to the state, you have 30 days to register, or you could face a fee of up to $250.
If you just moved from out of state, bring these things to your county’s Tax Collector office:
If you’re already a Mississippi resident, these are the items you’ll need to bring:
  • A state-issued driver’s license
  • Your car’s title
  • An odometer reading
  • Your Vehicle Identification Number
In either case, you’ll need one final thing: payment for registration fees! Be prepared to pay these fees:
  • $14 for your first-time registration
  • $12.75 for a renewal
  • An additional fee of $30 to $100 for your specialized license plate
That’s all there is to it! Once you’ve registered your car in Mississippi, you’re ready to wear your custom plates with flair. 

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Currently, Mississippi offers over 200 types of license plates!
No—Mississippi is one of 19 states that doesn’t require a front license plate.
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