Your Guide To Personalised Car Number Plates By Australian State

Posted on Tuesday, 20 March 2018 by CarTakeBack

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Having a personalised number plate puts your own stamp and sense of identity on your ride. They’ve often got a story to tell or a funny meaning. Sometimes they’re even worth a lot of dollar, (more than the car)!

Some of our favourite personalised regos across Australia are:

4MEDOG

CATDAD

LEGDAY

WORK SUX

HOW R YA

RU KIDN

GO FISH

T SWIFT

TACOS

AWKWARD

Source: https://www.instagram.com/boganplates/?hl=en

If you’re looking to get one of your own, here’s all you need to know about personalised car number plates in your state:

State Cost Where To Buy
Australian Capital Territory From $466.40 Order here
New South Wales Personalised plate prices from $105 per year plus an order fee.
Custom plates from $454 per year plus the order fee.
Order here
Northern Territory Fee varies with choice. Order here
Queensland From $165. Order here
South Australia Personalised plate prices - $180 one off fee.
Custom plates - $200 per year for 1-6 characters and $255 per year for 7 characters.
Order here
Tasmania From $299. Order here
Victoria From $395. Order here
Western Australia From $104.60. Order here

Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

Where can I choose and buy my personalised number plates for ACT?

You can order your custom rego using this form.

Find out more information here.

What is the format I can have?

  • Choose from black, blue or white for your letter/number colour.
  • Select from white, black, brown, dark green, maroon, mid blue, pink, purple, or red, as a background colour.
  • Your preferred plate can be a combination of numbers and letters, up to a maximum of 7 characters for a car.
  • You have the option of using an existing slogan or creating your own.
  • There are also numerous plate categories to choose from here.

How much will they cost?

Personalised plate prices start from $466.40 but they vary depending on plate category. Fees can be found here.

What are the size options?

Standard vehicle plates can be:

  • 135mm x 372mm (7 characters)
  • 135mm x 317 mm (5 characters)
  • 135mm x 190mm (3 characters)

There are also slimline front versions of the above which are 100mm rather than 135mm.

Can I store my plates rather than fix them to my car?

Yes, but you must go to an Access Canberra shop with all plates and advise that you wish to store your plate and pay the required fee. The minimum storage time period is 2 months and the maximum is 5 years. 

Find out more here.

What do I need to do when I get my custom number plate?

If you wish to affix your plate to your vehicle, there are a numerous fitting and care instructions that can be found here. They depend on the type of plate you have ordered.


New South Wales (NSW)

Where can I choose and buy my personalised number plates for NSW?

You can order your custom rego from myPlates, here.

What is the format I can have?

  • You can order plates in a range of background colours, letters and styles of plate - everything from football teams to zodiac signs. You can browse them here.
  • Personalised plates allow you to select your own letters and numbers and apply them to a set format.
  • Custom plates allow you to create what you’d like with no set format.

How much will they cost?

Personalised plate prices start from $105 per year plus an order fee and custom plates start at $454 per year plus the order fee. The order fees vary across ranges.

What are the size options?

The majority of the car plates are 372mm in width and height varies by style.

What do I need in order to purchase custom/personalised plates?

  • Your driver licence number.
  • Your email address.
  • Your chosen, new content for the plates.
  • The postcode of the area where you’d like to collect your new plates from.

What do I need to do when my plates are ready to collect?

  • Your number plates will often take around 21 days to be delivered to the service centre you specified for collection. You will receive a letter to notify you of this and the documentation you will need to bring.
  • In order to pick up your new plates, you must surrender your old plates. You’ll need tools and screws with you if you’re collecting plates for the car you’re driving there.

Find out more here.


Northern Territory (NT)

Where can I choose and buy my personalised number plates for NT?

You can order your special/personalised plates at MVR here.

What is the format I can have?

  • Choose from a range of different sizes and colours.
  • Personalised plates are available up to 7 characters, in the following colour combinations:
    • A white background with ochre characters
    • A yellow background with black characters
    • A white background with black characters
  • Special plates are available with up to 5 or 6 characters. You can apply for the Explorer Territory series (image of the explorer John McDouall Stuart) or the Regional Series.

You can view the types here.

How much will they cost?

Personalised plate prices are available for a fee but vary depending on what you choose.  

What are the size options?

Standard vehicle plates can be:

  • 372mm x 133mm (6 characters with optional diamond)
  • 315mm x 133mm (5 characters with optional diamond)
  • 190mm x 133mm (3 characters)
  • 7 character plates can also be ordered in slimline or standard.

Do I have to fix my plates to my car?

Once you have been notified that your plates are available to collect, you must fit these to a current NT registered vehicle, within 12 months.

Find out more here.


Queensland (QLD)

Where can I choose and buy my personalised number plates for QLD?

You can order your custom rego here.

What is the format I can have?

  • Choose from a range of colours and sizes, and create your own letter and number combinations.
  • There are numerous different formats - everything from charities, zodiac signs to NRL and cartoons. You can view the range here.

How much will they cost?

Personalised plate prices start from $165 but they vary by combination and format. Prices and payment information can be found here.

What are the size options?

  • 134mm x 372mm (standrad)
  • 100mm x 372mm (slim)
  • 155mm x 305mm (USA Regular)

There are also European, Prestige and Premium ranges that have other sizes available. Find out about further sizes here.

Can I store my plates rather than fix them to my car?

Yes, you can buy plates for fun or collections. However, if you lodge your ‘remove and/or attach’ form, you must attach them to your car right away and surrender your Standard Issue plates.

Find out more in the ‘Attaching & Removing’ section here.

What do I need to do when I get my custom number plate?

If you are replacing your plates, and the old combination is registered to your car, you simply need to attach your new plates and surrender your old ones to a Transport and Main Roads Customer Service Centre near you.  

If your personalised plates are brand new, you must:

  • Complete the Remove and/or Attach form and take it to the nearest Transport and Main Roads Customer Service Centre.
  • Surrender your standard issue plates.

After completing the above, you can attach your new plates.

Find out more in the ‘Attaching & Removing’ section here.


South Australia (SA)

Where can I choose and buy my personalised number plates for SA?

You can order your custom/personalised rego from EzyPlates here.

What is the format I can have?

  • Choose from a range of colours and sizes.
  • For custom plates, you can select a combination of letters and numbers from 1-7 characters, but it must include 1 letter.

Find out more here.

  • For a personalised plate, there is a maximum of 6 characters and they must start with a letter, followed by numbers. For example:
    • 1 letter followed by 5 numbers
    • 4 letters followed by 2 numbers
    • 5 letters followed by 1 number

Find out more here.

How much will they cost?

  • Personalised plate prices have a one-off fee of $180.
  • Custom plates are $200 per year for 1-6 characters and $255 per year for 7 characters.

What are the size options?

Custom car plates can be:

  • 371mm x 133mm (standard)
  • 371mm x 100mm (slim)
  • 300mm x 150mm (square)

Personalised plates can be:

  • 371mm x 133mm (standard)
  • 371mm x 100mm (slim)

What do I need to do when I get my custom number plate?

Once there is a plate agreement in place, and you have your new plates, you must surrender your old plates (either in person or by mail) to a Service SA customer service centre.

Find out more here.


Tasmania (TAS)

Where can I choose and buy my personalised number plates for TAS?

You can order your custom/personalised rego at TasPlates here.

What is the format I can have?

  • Choose from a range of sizes and colours.
  • There are numerous styles available – everything from sports & leisure to cause and chic. View the ranges here.
  • There is a 6-character limit.

How much will they cost?

Personalised plate prices start from $299 but they vary depending on style. The range of prices can be found here.

What are the size options?

There are standard and slimline sizes available.

Can I store my plates rather than fix them to my car?

Yes, you can get custom plates for fun and display purposes.

If in the future, you decide to fix them to your car, you can do. You need to visit a Service Tasmania shop, fill out an ‘Application for Replacement Plates’, (there will be a small cost for this).

Find out more here.

What do I need to do when I get my custom number plate?

If you are fixing these to your car, you must surrender your old plates to TasPlates in an envelope provided for you, or at a Service Tasmania shop. You must do this within 7 days of receiving your new plates, to avoid a potential fine.  

Find out more here.


Victoria (VIC)

Where can I choose and buy my personalised number plates for VIC?

You can buy yours here.

What is the format I can have?

  • Choose from 32 different background colours.
  • The combination of numbers and letters for customised plates is almost limitless.
  • There are also numerous plate styles - everything from sports logos to “I LOVE…”.

How much will they cost?

Often approximately $395/$495 but they vary in price depending on your number of characters, series and exclusivity.

What are the size options?

  • 372mm x 132mm (standard)
  • 315mm x 100mm (slim – 5 characters)
  • 372mm x 100mm (slim – 6 characters)
  • 250mm x 100mm (slim – 3 or 4 characters)

What are custom/personalised plate contracts?

When you purchase a custom or personalised number plate, they come with an optional contract. This will allow you to retain the plates, whether they are on your vehicle or not. When you hold the contract and the plates are no longer registered, they can’t be re-issued unless you sell the contract.

What do I need to do when I get my custom number plate?

If you would like to attach your plates to your vehicle, you must call 1300 660 417 (VicRoads customer service) to have them assigned to your vehicle.

Find out more here


Western Australia (WA)

Where can I choose and buy my personalised number plates for WA?

Choose your personalised car plates here.

What is the format I can have?

  • Choose from a range of colours and designs.
  • There are a wide range of series for you to pick from such as, Chinese Zodiac, Sports Series, Frangipani and more. Browse them here.
  • You need to check online if your plate characters are available, before you can order.

How much will they cost?

Custom plates prices start at $104.60 but vary depending on the series you select. View the fees in each series here.

What do I need to do when I get my custom number plate?

It is likely to take approximately 3-4 weeks for your custom plates to be ready.

In order to collect your new plates, you will need to attend your local collection site.

You must bring:

  • Your current licence paperwork
  • Existing plates
  • 2 forms of identification. (1 must contain your signature).

Find out more information here.

Now you’re armed with all the information about custom regos in your state, you can go ahead and flaunt your individuality.

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