Upgrade your Ride: Show Chesapeake Pride

Did you know Chesapeake Bay plates help restore the Chesapeake Bay and other natural resources of our region? Simply by purchasing a Chesapeake plate for only $20, car owners can show their support for the environment. And with the Plate Perks Program, you can make your $20 investment back quickly!

For only $20, you can purchase Treasure the Chesapeake license plates online and they will be mailed directly to your home. Your contribution is distributed through the non-profit Chesapeake Bay Trust in the form of grants to schools, community groups, and other not-for-profits for K-12 environmental education, restoration and protection of our waterways.

Our impact extends beyond feet of shoreline restored or number of trees planted: it is also measured in lives touched as people gain a new appreciation for the Bay and the land and water within its watershed.

Buy your Chesapeake Plate today!

New Bay Plate Design: Frequently Asked Questions

When will the new Chesapeake Bay license plate with the crab and the bridge be available?

The new Chesapeake Bay license plate will be available starting October 27, 2018, online at MVA or October 29, 2018, at MVA branches

If I order a Bay plate online, how do I return my existing plates?

You would return your plate at any MVA Branch location.

If I already have a personalized “vanity” plate, can I re-order it on the new Chesapeake Bay plate background? How much will it cost?

Yes. The standard license plate replacement cost of $20 applies, which is the current replacement cost. You will need to complete the VR-009 form – you are applying for a substitute plates with stickers.  Form can be found here:  http://www.mva.maryland.gov/_resources/docs/VR-009.pdf

For Current Bay Plate Owners:

I have a Bay Plate already, one with the heron on it.  I want a new Bay Plate with the crab and the bridge.   How do I get one?

You can order a Bay Plate Online at https://securetransactions.mva.maryland.gov/emvastore/(S(i3ms3kkq3n0a5sv1qmwmmbls))/SelectPlateType.aspx and select <Chesapeake Bay>

I have a Bay Plate already, and I like my bay plate number.  I’d like to keep the same number but have it on the new crab/bridge bay plate background.  Can I keep my number?

Unfortunately, you are not able to keep the same number on a new bay plate (unless it’s a vanity plate; i.e., you paid $50 for a specific set of numbers/letters).   If you’d like the new bay plate, you will be getting a new number on your plate.

I have a Bay Plate already, one with the heron on it.  Can I keep it or do I have to get the new Bay license plate?

Customers who have a Bay Plate with the heron on it can keep and continue to use those plates, and in most cases can transfer it to any new vehicle you purchase/obtain.

For People Who Do Not Yet Own Bay Plates:

I don’t have a Bay Plate yet:  Does the new bay plate cost any more than the old bay plate?

No; the cost for the new bay plate remains the same: $20.  $10 goes through the Chesapeake Bay Trust for environment-related grants, and $10 is kept to administer the program by the MVA.

I don’t have a Bay Plate yet:  I want a new bay plate.  How do I order one?   What is the easiest way for me to do that?

You can order a Bay Plate Online at https://securetransactions.mva.maryland.gov/emvastore/(S(i3ms3kkq3n0a5sv1qmwmmbls))/SelectPlateType.aspx and select <Chesapeake Bay>

I don’t have a Bay Plate yet.  I’d like one, but I’d like to keep my current plate number and have it on the new crab/bridge bay plate background.  Can I keep my number? 

Unfortunately, you are not able to keep the same number on a new bay plate (unless it’s a vanity plate; i.e., you paid $50 for a specific set of numbers/letters).   If you’d like the new bay plate, you will be getting a new number on your plate.

See what your $20 can do!

  • $20 can fund a life-changing outdoor experience for 2 students
  • $40 can plant 4 native trees to improve air and water quality
  • $75 can buy 150 wetland plants that protect precious habitat and prevent erosion
  • $100 can remove 500 pounds of trash from local streams and rivers

Visit our Annual Reports page for a breakdown of funding by county.

Eligible Vehicles

The following vehicles are eligible to purchase the Treasure the Chesapeake license plate:

Eligible Vehicles

  • Class A, passenger cars
  • Class M, multi-purpose vehicle
  • Class EFT, (Agricultural plate only)
  • Class EPO, trucks up to 1 ton (up to 26,000 lbs.)
  • Class G, trailer

Disability plates and personalized plates can also be made on the Chesapeake Bay Plate background.

There are two different ways to get your Chesapeake plate today:

You can order online here, or you can send the form in by mail (by downloading the PDF here) with a check or money order made payable to the MVA. Checks must include name and address, driver’s license number (soundex number), and home and/or work phone number.