NCSSM License Plate

Applying for an NCSSM Specialty License Plate

Did you know that NCSSM is one of only three schools in the UNC System without its own specialized North Carolina license plate? (The other two are UNC Asheville and the North Carolina School of the Arts.)

If you would like to show your school spirit by lending your support to NCSSM’s bid for its own specialty license plate, please complete the following two (2) steps by no later than Feb. 1, 2024. (If you submitted an application and payment in 2022 or 2023, your application has been saved and you do not need to resubmit a new application at this time.)

**Please note: The NCSSM Specialty Plate mockup and two-letter designation shown may differ from the final product as the artwork is subject to change pending approval of NCDMV and other state entities. The plate will have an NCDMV-determined two-letter designation as either a prefix or a suffix.**


Non-Personalized Plate: 

Personalized Plate: 

To pay your deposit(s) by credit card, complete the form at the bottom of this page. A separate deposit is required for each application, and a 5% processing fee will be added to your payment. To complete this process by U.S. mail, click here.


Once your deposit has been received, you will be contacted by a member of the Specialty License Plate Committee with further instructions on completing an application. Please note that it may take five to seven business days for your payment to be processed.

Thank you once more; your ongoing support is greatly appreciated. Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to a member of the Specialty License Plate Committee:

Brock Winslow – Vice Chancellor for External Relations:
Trish Aiello – Parent Association Chairperson:
Jane Bullock – Alumni Association Chairperson:

If you have any questions, please access this NCDMV FAQ page, or this FAQ page, or contact a member of the Specialty License Plate Committee.

Specialty Plate Updates

November 2023
Thanks to the incredible support of the school community, NCSSM’s application for a specialty license plate was submitted to the North Carolina Legislature in mid-March 2023. Two bills were filed in both the House and the Senate (H568, Edition 1, NCSSM Plate; S391, Edition 1, NCSSM Plate).

Regrettably, the Legislative Session has recently ended with neither of the bills ultimately gaining enough support to move forward.

Despite the disappointment that NCSSM’s initial application for a specialty plate was not approved, the NCDMV has given their assurances that such outcomes are not unusual and that many previous applicants have been successful in having their specialty plate gain approval after two, or even three, attempts.

With this information in mind, the strategy for the future is to resubmit a second specialty plate application in February 2024.

If you have already turned in your completed application and payment, the preferred course of action is to refrain from taking any further steps at this time. NCSSM will retain your paperwork and payment and resubmit a specialty license plate application to the NCDMV in February 2024.

While not the preferred option, as it may ultimately impact the success of this endeavor, you may also request that your application be withdrawn. In this case, you can ask for a refund or choose to convert your deposit payment into a donation in support of current NCSSM students.

Please be aware that should the total number of applications fall below 300, additional supporters will need to be gathered in order for NCSSM to reapply for a specialty license plate in February 2024. For this reason, it is preferred that past applicants refrain from taking any further steps at this time.

If you have not yet applied for an NCSSM Specialty License Plate and would like to support this initiative, there is still time to do so and more information regarding the application process can be found by scrolling to the top of this web page.


Brock Winslow ’86

Vice Chancellor for External Relations & Chief of Staff


Jane Bullock ’89

Alumni Association President, Ex Officio NCSSM Foundation Board

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