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VI 175th Emancipation Commemorative Plates

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: Director Barbara Jackson-McIntosh would like to inform the motoring public that the Bureau of Motor Vehicles Effective March 1, 2023, all vehicles with temporary plates that were issued by the BMV will be exchanged at no cost for the new mandatory VI 175th Emancipation Commemorative Plates, an appointment is required.  

All other vehicles will be issued the new plates during the registration process only. In order to complete the registration, process the old plates must be removed and returned to the BMV, failure to do so, the registration process will not be completed.

 If you are 65 and over the plate is free.   Personalized plates will be charged $49 and Vanity plates will continue to be charged by the organization issuing the plates.

If you renew your registration online, you will be able to pay for the new plate, however you do not need an appointment to come in to return the old plates, and pick up your new plates, they will not be mailed to you!

Please email us at if you need further information or need clarification. To make an appointment go to, or email us at, or call the offices: St Croix-340-713-4268, St Thomas-340-7744268; St John -340-776-6262.