Five-digit license plates go on sale on Thursday

15267715_1764407027143982_7814508561232613013_nOn Thursday, Delawareans will have a chance to get one of the coveted five-digit license plates from the Division of Motor Vehicles.

Starting that day a limited number of five-digit license plates will be made available to the public at the Delaware City, Dover, Wilmington, and Georgetown DMV locations on a first-come, first serve basis.

Low-digit tags are one of the quirky features of Delaware, with a few long-number tags fetching six figures. The low tags are often accompanied by the porcelain plate, although some tag holders simply keep the plate.

Customers will have theoptionto purchase, from the DMV location they are visiting, a black and white porcelain or stainless-steel reproduction (manufactured by the Delaware Historic Plate Company) for the 5-digit plate they are assigned.

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For all specifics on the reproductions refer to the DHPC website:http://www.dhptags.com/.

Here are some of the key details:

  • In order to take advantage of the available numbers, customers will give up their current license plate number registered to their vehicle.
  • Customers must pay applicable transfer fees.
  • Customers having title to their vehicles should bring their driver’s license, vehicle title, vehicle mileage, and insurance information in order to complete the plate change process.
  • Customers needing to obtain their title from their lien holder will need to go to the nearest participating DMV office and put a five-digit plate on hold. They must obtain an “MV35 form” from DMV and send it to their lien holder to obtain the title. The title will be mailed to DMV, who will contact the customer when it arrives. At that time, the five-digit plate can be put on the vehicle.
  • No telephone or email requests will be taken.All transactions must be completed in person at the participating DMV office locations.
  • The purchase cost of the optional reproduction plate from the Delaware Historic Plate Company is currently $110 for either a stainless steel or porcelain plate.
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