Coming Soon!

The Nevada Virginia Range Mustangs Special License Plate is coming soon!

We’ve been waiting patiently in line for our plate to go into design mode since it was originally approved in 2015. Well, that time is finally here! Once design and testing is complete and it goes into production the plate will be available to the public.

We need your help! First, get YOUR plates for your vehicles. Second, tell all your friends, family, acquaintances – anyone you meet!

Read the FAQ’s below to find out more about the plate, how it benefits the Virginia Range wild horses, and how you can get yours.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can I get one?
Hang tight! As soon as they are available we’ll have the link to see the plate offered and you can head to the DMV to get your new plates!
Is this a real Virginia Range wild horse?
Yes! This stunning, award-winning photo was taken by HVWHPF Board member Ellen Holcomb. The horse pictured is a Virginia Range stallion named Ghost.
Is this sample exactly what the plates will look like?
This sample was designed when our original application for the plate was submitted. However, during the time between approval and actually going into the design process, the laws regarding specialty plates changed. The new designs must be limited to the left hand, one-third of the plate, but Ghost will still be prominently featured on that one-third!
Where is the Virginia Range?
The Virginia Range is close to 400,000 acres and is located east of Reno, north of Carson City, west of Fallon, north of Stagecoach, and south of Fernley. It crosses Lyon, Storey and Washoe counties and is bordered on all sides by Interstate 80, Highway 95A, Highway 50, Interstate 580 and (old) Highway 395.
How much do the plates cost?

The initial fee to obtain the plate is $62. Thereafter the annual fee is $30. These prices are in addition to your usual annual registration renewal fee.

When you obtain new plates the DMV also charges a Plate Cost Recovery Fee of $3.50 per plate, a Prison Industry fee of 50 cents per plate and a Technology Fee of $1 in addition to any registration fees due.

(*Personalized plates carry additional fees – download the application from the DMV site.)

Do I have to wait for my curent plates to expire to get them?
No! If your vehicle is currently registered in Nevada, bring the old plates to a DMV Full Service Office or County Assessor which offers vehicle registration services. If you wish to keep the old plates, you must bring the rear plate and surrender the decal in person.

If you choose to keep the same expiration date, thet will issue your new plates with a new registration slip and decal. No emission inspection or registration renewal is required. A $6 substitute plate fee will apply in addition to the specialty plate fees.

You do have the option of renewing your vehicle registration for a full year if you’d rather do that. You will need to complete an emission inspection if required and if the last test was completed more than 90 days ago. Your expiration date will change if the current expiration date is more than 35 days away. Credit will be given for the unused portion of your current Nevada registration.

How much does the organization receive when I buy the plates?
Our organization receives $25 when someone initially buys the plates, and $20 each year you maintain the plates when the registration is renewed.
Where does the money go that the organization receives from the plates?
The money received from the plates directly benefits the Virginia Range wild horses in a variety of ways including fencing, fertility control, hay for the rescued horses and diversionary feed for the wild ones (when needed and approved), rangeland rehabilitation, orphan foal rescue, public education campaign, rescued horse training program, etc. You can see the initial proposed budget by clicking the Initial Proposed Button on this page. The budget will be reviewed and adjusted annually to meet prioritized needs which will be determined by committee.
It's an amazing photo, will there be other products featuring this plate image?
Yes! We will have a selection of items to purchase featuring the plate image, with all sales benefiting the horses. As soon as they are ready, we will provide links and purchase information.
How can I see how the organization is spending the money raised?
One of our big goals is to be as transparent as possible. We want you to feel good about having the plates on your vehicles so we think you should know how the money raised from the sale of the plates is spent.

You can click in the right hand column to see the original application for the plate and the initial proposed budget. The budget will be updated by committee annually.

In addition you can come back to this page for updates and photos of projects funded or follow us on Facebook at Virginia Range Mustangs Special Plate (or @VRMustangsPlate).

Visit the DMV Special Plate Site

License Plate Approved Application

Initial Proposed Budget

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