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There are 26 Minnesota universities and colleges that participate in the Collegiate Plate program. In 2010, the plates raised over $70,000 for the Minnesota Academic Excellence scholarship fund.
You may apply for the Collegiate Special Plates at a Deputy Registrar Office or by mailing an Application for Special Plates (PS2010) and appropriate fees to:Driver and Vehicle Services445 Minnesota Street Suite 164St. Paul, MN 55101-5164
Collegiate plates may be displayed on passenger class vehicles (cars, vans, pickups) owned or jointly owned or leased by the applicant. Applicant may display plates on numerous vehicles - separate fees due for each application. An applicant does not need to be an alumnus/a.The plates are available with a disability insignia for qualifying applicants. Refer to Disability License Plate Page to learn more about qualification.
Plates may be transferred to another vehicle owned by the applicant. There is a $5 transfer fee.
Collegiate License Plate Images:
Contact your local Deputy Registrar for assistance in determining registration tax or email DVS at DVS.firstname.lastname@example.org
Initial/Duplicate/Replacement: $10 Filing Fee: $10Note: There is a $25 minimum annual contribution due with the initial application and each subsequent registration renewal. The renewal notice will reflect the $25; however, you may increase the donation amount if you wish.
Refer to License Plate Fee Page or contact DVS at (651) 297-2126 for more information on fees.
Minnesota Statute 168.129
Application for Special Plates (PS2010)
Special Plates Brochure
What does the contribution support?Each participating institution receives the funds generated by their plate to benefit their Academic Excellence Scholarship programs.Which Schools currently participate?
Augsburg College, Bemidji State University, Bethel University, Concordia College (Moorhead), Concordia University (St. Paul), Crown College, Gustavus Adolphus College, Hamline University, Macalester University, Mankato State University, Metropolitan State University, Moorhead State, Northwestern College, Southwest Minnesota State, College of Saint Benedict, Saint Catherine's University, Saint Cloud State University, Saint John's University, Saint Mary's University, Saint Olaf College, Saint Thomas University, University of Minnesota- Crookston, University of Minnesota- Twin Cities, University of Minnesota- Duluth, University of Minnesota- Morris, Winona State University.
Digital Plate Technology
In 2008, Minnesota began to transition to digital license plate (DLP) technology. For the past several years, Minnesota has used digital license plate technology to produce the Critical Habitat Loon and Support Our Troops license plates. In 2008, Minnesota began to transition passenger plates to DLP. Eventually, all license plates in Minnesota will be manufactured using the DLP system. Digital License Plates are flat. The license plate numbers produced for the DLP system are black. If you have questions about the DLP system, please contact DVS at (651) 284-3896.
It will take several years to transition all Minnesota plates to DLP. In the meantime, many vehicles will continue to display license plates that are made of reflectorized sheeting applied to steel or aluminum. In most cases the letter and number characters are embossed and are non-reflective.License plates issued to passenger automobiles and dealer license plates are replaced at seven (7) year intervals; all other license plates are issued for the life of the vehicle.
Driver and Vehicle Services – Central OfficeTown Square Building445 Minnesota Street, Suite 164Saint Paul, MN 55101-5164Email:Motor Vehicle DVS.email@example.comPhone:Motor Vehicles: (651) 297-2126Special Plates: (651) 297-3166Digital License Plates: (651) 284-3896Office Locations: (651) 297-2005Assistance for Callers with a Hearing Impairment (TDD/TTY): (651) 282-6555
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