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Special Registration plates allow a vehicle to be driven by a valid or limited licensed driver when the vehicle is subject to an order of License Plate Impoundment pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 169A.60 or Minn. Stat. § 168.041.
Special Registration License Plate Image:
Special Registration Plates: $50
Refer to License Plate Fee Page and Special
Plate Brochure or contact DVS at (651) 297-2126 for more information on fees
Minn. Stat. § 169A.20
Minn. Stat. § 169A.52
Minn. Stat. § 169A.60
Minn. Stat. § 171.165
Minn. Stat. § 171.24
Minn. Stat. 7 171.04
Request for Administrative Review of License Plate Impoundment Order/Request to Approve Sale of Vehicle Subject to License Plate Impoundment (PS31125)
Application for Special Plates (PS2010)
Special Plates Brochure
Why did my license plates get impounded?
My license plates are impounded how do I obtain Special Registration (WX-WZ) plates?
Which vehicles are affected by a Plate Impoundment order?
How long must I have Special registration plates on my car?
I have Special Registration (WX-WZ) plates and my license is now valid, when may I get regular plates?
I am under an Order of License Plate Impoundment but I have purchased another car may I get regular plates for the new vehicle?
I received a notice of plate impoundment but, I was not driving the vehicle, what can I do?
My administrative/ judicial review sustained the plate impound order, how can I get plates now?
I loaned my car to a friend, but didn’t know the driver wasn’t valid, why are my plates impounded?
I loaned my car to a friend, but the driver wasn’t drinking, why are my plates impounded?
I loaned my car to a friend, but I never received an impound notice?
Beginning July 1, 2011, violations with an alcohol content reading of twice the legal limit (0.16) will qualify for plate impoundment on a first offense.
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 166Saint Paul, MN 55101-5166Email:
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Phone:Motor Vehicles: (651) 297-2126Plate Impound Unit: (651) 297-5034Digital License Plates: (651) 284-3896Office Locations: (651) 297-2005Assistance for Hearing Impaired Callers (TDD/TTY): (651) 282-6555
DVS Office Locations
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Resolve Revoked License (select Type of License then will be prompted to select Resolve Revoked License)
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