All I Want for Christmas is a Black Five Digit Tag: DMV Announces Limited Release

Richard Brisita picked up a new 5-digit black and white porcelain tag at the Delaware City DMV in July, 2019.

The Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles offered a special summertime treat this past July when they unexpectedly announced a rare release of coveted five-digit license plates, driving lines of First Staters out for the old school status symbols.

Now DMV is releasing a second wave of the plates, beginning Thursday, November 14, 2019 at the Delaware City, Dover, Wilmington, and Georgetown DMV locations on a first-come, first-serve basis.
DMV cautioned that numbers cannot  be reserved in advance nor over the phone, and, as with the summertime offering, the promotion will run only as long as plate supplies last.
Drivers wanted the ultimate low-plated look can purchase a black-and-white porcelain, or stainless-steel reproduction plate (manufactured by the Delaware Historic Plate Company) for the 5-digit number they are assigned during their transaction. For all specifics on the reproductions, refer to the DHPC website:
Here’s more about the plates from DMV:
Important details to know if you wish to switch an existing license plate number to a five-digit plate:
    • In order to take advantage of the available numbers, customers will be giving up their current license plate number registered to their vehicle.
    • Customers must pay applicable transfer fees.
    • Customers that have the title to their vehicles must 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 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.
    • The purchase cost of the reproduction plate from the Delaware Historic Plate Company, if the customer chooses to order, is currently $115.00 for either a stainless steel or porcelain plate and $5.00 for the sticker.
    • No telephone or email requests will be taken. All transactions must be completed in person at the participating DMV office locations. For more information regarding Vehicle Registration, please visit the DMV website at

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