Blackout plates coming to Minnesota

ST. PAUL — The Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) division is responding to requests from Minnesotans with nine new special license plates in 2024, the most ever released in one year. A number of charitable foundations will benefit from the new plates, which include professional sports teams, two nonprofits and Minnesota’s version of a blackout plate.

“Special plates are a great way to personalize your vehicle and display your interests or support for different organizations and causes,” said DVS Director Pong Xiong. “The addition of these plates gives Minnesotans more ways than ever to show what they’re passionate about, whether it’s their favorite sports team, community service or bringing attention to missing and murdered Indigenous people.”

The blackout plate, featuring a black background and white lettering, has gained popularity in a number of other states for its clean, simple aesthetic and was brought to Minnesota at the request of residents. Fees from each purchase will contribute to supporting operations at DVS.

The new plates will cost $15.50 and require a minimum annual contribution of $30. The blackout plates will be stocked and available for same-day purchase at deputy registrar offices as inventory allows. All plates will be available to order online or in person at a deputy registrar office and mailed out to the recipient.

The plates will be available on January 1.