Maine License Plates
Maine began issuing registration plates in 1905. The first and only slogan "Vacationland" appeared on the plate in 1936. Over the years, plate design and colors have changed. All general plates and specialty plates must be approved by the Legislature. Following are samples of the plates we issue today.
The Chickadee plate is Maine's general issue plate.
Previous to July 1, 1999 Maine's general issue plate displayed a red lobster on the center of the plate.
The general issue plate is the basic design for any plate. They are issued in a variety of classifications: Antique Auto, Bus, Combination, Commercial, Commercial Tractor, Disability, Disability Motor Home, Farm, Hire, Horseless Carriage, Motor Home, Special Equipment and Street Rod.
Specialty plates are issued to designate a particular destinction or association and are approved by the Maine Legislature. Specialty plates include:
All plates on this page, except for the conservation, purple heart, congressional medal of honor and Wabanaki plates, may be purchased as SAMPLES for a fee of $5.00 per plate. Please send your request to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Vehicle Services Division, 29 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0029. Your check or money order should be payable to the Secretary of State. Please specify the type of plate you would like to receive and include your return address.