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License Plate FAQ

Thank you for your interest in the North Carolina specialty electric vehicle (EV) license plate campaign! Below are answers to some questions we’ve received.

Can I get this plate if I do not drive an EV?

There are no restrictions on who can get the plate, though its intended purpose (after much deliberation) is to spread awareness that a given vehicle is electric.

What are the next steps of this effort?

We are currently collecting applications for the license plate and continue to need more to keep the process moving. You can access the application and directions on filling it out here.

At the same time, we’ve provided documentation about the license plate to the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles, who will pass this information on to the N.C. General Assembly by mid-March. The General Assembly will then vote on whether to approve the plate.

Assuming it passes and we’ve received the necessary number of applications (500), it can take several months for the plate to be finalized and issued.

What happens if we do not get enough support?

We are committed to seeing this license plate campaign through. Even if we don’t get the necessary 500 applications by our February deadline, we’ll be able to continue the momentum through 2021. We’ll be sure to keep all those who have submitted their interest updated on our progress.

How much does the license plate cost?

The standard specialty license plate will cost $10 annually (due in addition to regular license fees). A personalized version of the plate, where you choose the characters, will cost an additional $30 (for a total of $40 annually). However, we have secured funding to cover applicants’ initial $10 fee.

How many characters are displayed on the license plate? Will we be able to request specific ones?

The license plate has four character spots. The vertical “EV” will appear at the end of every plate.

With the standard $10 version of the plate, you do not get to choose specific characters. If you want to have this option, you will need a personalized version, which costs an additional $30 annually. When requesting a personalized plate, the license plate application asks for your top two preferences. It will likely take several months to find out which choice went through.

Do we have any choice over the colors used on the plate?

The license plate design must be very specific and does not leave room for adjustments. We’ll need to get the 500 applications for this particular design (including its color) in order to move forward.

Does getting this license plate come with any additional benefits?

While there may be additional benefits in the future, currently, the goal of the license plate is solely to generate awareness of EVs. The associated fees ($10 for a standard plate or $40 for a personalized plate) are required by the NCDMV for specialty designs.