Personalized or Specialty Plates

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Motor Vehicles Contact

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Office Hours: M-F 8:00AM - 4:30PM


Personalized Plates

Personalized plates are available on both standard and specialty plates. The personalized plate cannot conflict with the State number/letter system nor be offensive. The customer has the option of ordering a "new" plate each year or renewing with a decal only. For a list of Personalized Plates visit



The maximum number of characters permitted on a standard issue personalized plate is six (6). One space or one dash may be requested in addition to the six characters. The number of characters permitted on a personalized special plate varies.



The maximum number of characters permitted on a personalized motorcycle plate is six (6). If all six characters are used, an additional space or dash is not permitted. The number of characters permitted on a personalized special motorcycle plate varies. Visit for more information.


What you will need:

Go to Clerks Office and the clerk will submit the request.


Fees for Personalizing a Plate:

$25.00 - Application (ordered by customer) - It may take up to 30 days for the plate to be recieved at the Clerks Office.

* Additional fees will be collected at the time the personalized plate is issued to the customer.


Specialty Plates:

The Commonwealth of Kentucky has over 60 specialty plates for a customer to choose from, if they wish not to purchase the standard "Unbridled Spirit" or "In God We Trust" plates. For a complete list of plates, including pictures and fees, visit the Transportation Cabinet's Specialty Plate List.


Specialty Plate Expiration: 

Customers Birth Month

Personalized Environmental plates

Personalized Plates that Expire in the Month December

Most Collegiate

Standard – “In God We Trust”

Standard – Unbridled Spirit


Accepted Payments

All departments accept Cash, Check, Debit and Credit Cards.
Debit: $2.50 processing fee,  Credit Card: 3.0% processing fee.

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2014 kbarger profilev2A native of Richmond, Kentucky, Clerk Kenny Barger graduated from Madison Central High School and also attended Eastern Kentucky University.  Prior to his election in 2010, Clerk Kenny Barger worked in his family’s business, Barger’s Towing and Recovery, and as Manager at Mikron Industries, Inc., both located in Richmond, Kentucky. 

Current Term: 2015 - 2018
First Elected: 2010



Our Locations:

Richmond Location:

101 W Main Street

Richmond, KY 40475

Berea Location:

304 Chestnut Street

Berea, KY 40403

Hours of Operation for All Locations:

Mon. to Fri. 8am to 4:30pm