New National/State Motto License Plate Option for Vehicle Owners

Last Updated on July 5, 2019 7:08 am

RALEIGH — Beginning July 1, North Carolina motorists can choose a new standard state license plate.
The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles will introduce a national/state motto license plate in addition to the “First in Flight” and “First in Freedom” plates, currently the state’s only other standard-issue plates. 

The national/state motto registration plate will include the United States motto, “In God We Trust” printed at the top of the plate above all other letters and numbers and the state motto, “To Be Rather Than To Seem.”
“We are excited to offer this new additional plate to customers as part of our continued effort to maintain the highest level of customer service,” said NCDMV Commissioner Torre J. Jessup. ​“This plate will allow our customers more options to choose from.” 

The new national/state motto standard plate will not replace the “In God We Trust” specialty plate, which will still be available with additional fees associated with the plate.
To apply for a national/state motto license plate at no additional charge, vehicle owners can request the plate at the time of their registration renewal. A stand​ard charge will be due if the vehicle owner applies for the plate at non-renewal times. 
Vehicle owners may visit the division’s website at to find the location of license plate agencies. 

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