What are New Hampshire license plates and why do I need them?
Basically, a license plate is like your car’s ID. License plates also confirm that your car is legal and registered, connecting your vehicle to you as the owner. Police also need license plates to track down stolen vehicles as well as to identify suspects if you’re ever in a
, you need to mount a registration plate to the front and back of your vehicle in the majority of cases. If you’ve just moved to the Granite State or you copped a new set of wheels, you need to make sure you have the right license plates before you hit the road. Let’s see what options you have in New Hampshire.
Standard plates are the standard-issue passenger plates for New Hampshire, generally with the blue and green mountain design. A simple white plate with green text is issued to specific vehicles, like ambulances, agriculture vehicles, handicap vehicles, trailers, and other commercial vehicles.
apply to any special interest license plates or veteran plates. These are regular license plates with a 3"x3" square on the left to place a special decal from an authorized organization. Decal plates cost an additional $15. Decals are not available at DMV offices—you’ll need to either reach out to the specific organization you’ll be supporting or the NH Office of Veteran Services for the decal you want.
Veteran: The New Hampshire DMV issues veteran decal plates to those who served in any branch of the military or veterans awarded with Medals of Valor, including a Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, and Silver Star. Gold Star family members can also qualify for a veteran decal.
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Between the special vehicle plates like mopeds, tractors, and motorcycles, there are more than 30 different license plates you can get in New Hampshire—and that’s not including the dozens of decals you can add to your plate!
Do I need a front license plate in New Hampshire?
Yes! You’ll need to have both a front and back license plate to be within the law.