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Reserve Your Official DMV Fire Officer License Plate

Pre-Order Now for Production in 2021

** FINAL DEADLINE: November 30, 2020 **


Q: Who is eligible to pre-order the Fire Officer license plate?

A: Applications are open to all fire officers in NC. No specific accreditation or designation is required.


Q: Do I have to be a member of the NCAFC?


A: No, however NCAFC member pre-production applications will be prioritized. Plate applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis, first to NCAFC Members, then non-members.


Q: What is the vehicle weight limit for this license plate?


A: The NC Fire Officer License Plate covers basic weighted vehicles up to 26,000 pounds.


Q: So, when will the Fire Officer license plates be produced and available?


A: In order for the new specialty plate to go into production, we have to receive and submit a minimum of 500 pre-production applications to the NC DMV. We have received 310 pre-orders to-date. Once they are submitted, they will go into production in approximately 3-6 months, depending on legislative approval.


Q: How much does the license plate cost?


A: Non-personalized plates (auto-numbered) typically cost $30 and customized plates $60; however, the NCAFC has arranged for a $30 fee waiver for the first 500 pre-orders, making the non-personalized plate free to the applicant. Those preferring a personalized plate, would pay only the $30 personalization fee, at such time as the pre-production applications are submitted for processing.  You will be contacted by the NCAFC directly at that time, regarding payment of any personalization fee, if required.


Q: What if I already ordered a license plate prior to the fee waiver?


A: All pre-production applications received to-date will be honored, with all previous payments, or partial payments for personalized plates, to be reimbursed. 


Q: So, how do I apply to receive a free license plate?


A: Follow Pre-Ordering Instructions listed below.


STEP 1:  Print this web page from a desktop computer for detailed form instructions to reference (NOTE: Form instructions not viewable on mobile phone)


STEP 2:  Click HERE to download NC DMV License Plate Registration form.


STEP 3:  REFER TO DETAILED FORM COMPLETION INSTRUCTIONS BELOW. Complete & Print the NC DMV Form MVR-27PP-A, for each plate ordered (You can type directly into the form then print it. See detailed screenshot and sample form below.).

STEP 4:  DO NOT SEND ANY PAYMENT. Mail the Completed Form(s) Only to



Attn: License Tags

P.O. Box 1416

Shelby, NC 28151

For questions regarding the License Plate Program, please contact Executive Director, Jake Whisnant at or by phone at 1-888-50-CHIEF (2-4433).



Type $30 here for Standard Auto-Numbered Plate Only

Type Addl. $30 here for Addl. Personalization

($30 or $60)

Print the form & SIGN HERE (As name is listed above)

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Complete all fields, with info exactly as listed on vehicle title

Complete all fields, with info exactly as listed on policy

Type date this form was completed

Type 'X' Here

For Personalized Plates Only, enter 1st & 2nd choice of combination of letter & numbers (not numbers only)

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P.  O. Box 1416, Shelby, NC  28151 | 1-888-50-CHIEF (2-4433)

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