Pennsylvania Equine Council License Plate
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Q. I see on the top of the MV-904SP that the Bureau of Motor Vehicles requires a $20 fee for a specialty plate. How does that apply to me?
A. Your PEC plate costs you a total of $45. This includes the $26 Bureau of Motor Vehicles fee which the PEC will submit with your completed MV-904SP and a $6 Dept of Corrections fee to manufacture the plate. Postage is $.98. $12.02 of the total $45 will go to support PEC programs. If you request extra registration cards, put the number on the last line under A on the application and add $1.50 for each card.
2. Q. Can I choose my own numbers or personalize the license plate?
A. Unfortunately, no. Specialty plates are issued in sequential order only.
3. Q. How long does the license plate application process take? When will I receive my plate?
A. The PEC will submit the completed MV-904SP applications it receives to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles twice monthly. Once the Bureau of Motor Vehicles receives your application, it takes approximately 6 weeks until the license plate arrives in your mailbox because the plates are not pre-made. They are made as applications are submitted.
4. Q. I have a Person with Disability license plate. Can I get the PEC plate with this logo?
A. PennDOT is unable to offer any specialty plate with the Person with Disability insignia. A member can apply for the PEC plate and apply for a Person with Disability placard, which hangs on the rear view mirror.
5. Q. My registration is due soon (or I just renewed my registration). What should I do?
A. Purchasing the PEC plate does not automatically renew your registration. You will not be paying twice by purchasing this specialty plate as this one-time $45 fee covers the cost of the new plate, not your annual registration fee. If your registration expires within the next few months, we recommend you renew your registration first. At that point, apply for the PEC plate. This ensures that the Bureau of Motor Vehicles is not processing both your registration renewal and application for a new plate at the same time! When your new plate arrives, it will come with a registration card (showing your new license plate number).
6. Q. Do I need to be a member of the PEC to order this plate?
A. No. The cost of a plate is $45 for members and $70 for non-members (this includes a one year membership in the PEC)
7. Q. Can I purchase a plate for my horse trailer?
A. No. Specialty plates in PA are restricted to passenger vehicles, trucks and motor homes with a registered gross weight less than 10,000 lbs. Motorcycles and trailers do not qualify for specialty plates.
8. Q. How do I make payment? Where do I send my check?
A. Payment for the specialty PEC license plates can be made two ways…either by check with your application or by PayPal when you apply online on the PEC web site, www.pennsylvaniaequinecouncil.org.
The PA Bureau of Motor Vehicles will NOT process applications that come directly to them. The Pennsylvania Equine Council must process your application then forward it to the Bureau. If you lease your vehicle, you will need to fill out an additional form that gives you ownership of the plate. That is a MV-1L form and can be downloaded from the PennDOT web site. www.dot.state.pa.us