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.

Certain plates on this page, 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.

Note: The Congressional Medal of Honor and Gold Star Family plates are not available as samples.

The Chickadee Plate

Image of a sample license plate

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 distinction or association and are approved by the Maine Legislature.

Specialty plates