Orders for Wrightsville Beach speciality license plates coming in


Wrightsville Beach residents may soon be able to show their hometown pride on their license plate, with the town moving forward on the process to create specialty license plates bearing the town’s logo.

If the town can secure an order of a minimum of 300 plates, town manager Tim Owens said that the state legislature could approve the license plates.

Since rolling out the license plate application two weeks ago, the town has secured order for more than 60, town mayor Bill Blair said.

The proposed design for Wrightsville Beach specialty license plates.

“We’re going to get there,” Blair said.

Once 300 license plates are ordered, the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles will submit the request to the general assembly. The NCDMV will issues license plates within 180 days of approval by the general assembly.

The town is charging $10 for the plate, while state law allows the town to charge anyway from nothing to $20.

Owens said the town took the midline approach and that funds raised from the license plates wouldn’t go towards capital projects, but could be used for other purposes, such as grant matching.

The town will have to get the specialty license plate approved by the North Carolina General Assembly, but must first get at least 300 applications first. Owens said that Wrightsville Beach state Rep. Ted Davis, R, would potentially sponsor the legislation.

Residents interested in the plates can go online for an application here: https://www.townofwrightsvillebeach.com/DocumentCenter/View/2674/Fillable-LOCKED-Application-for-a-TOWB-License-Plate

Applications can be mailed to the town’s park office at PO Box 626, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480 with a check or money order made payable to the Town of Wrightsville Beach or it may drop it off at the park office, where it can be paid through credit card.  

The park office is located behind Town Hall in the side room of the Recreation Center (enter underneath the awning). Applications will be processed in the order in which they are received.

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