Alaska Artistic License Plate | Submit Your Design

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  • Applicants must be an Alaska resident; all ages are welcome.
  • Applications are limited to one design per applicant, except in the case of teachers who may submit up to 20 entries with 1 entry per student.
  • All applications must be submitted through CaFE; no paper applications will be accepted.
  • Design must be original and not a reproduction or a copyright violation.

Design Review Criteria
Jurors will review works based on creativity, quality of design and legibility. Imagery must be suitable for the public.

Cultural Appropriation Statement
Any form of cultural appropriation will not be accepted. Submissions that use or reference traditional Indigenous designs must be submitted by Indigenous artists or artists who have received tribal approval. If applicants are unsure whether their license plate design is a form of cultural appropriation, we encourage them to seek information from the resources below:

Application Process

  • Applications must be submitted through for review by a celebrity jury.
  • Applicants new to CaFE should plan to create a profile and become familiar with the image specifications before the deadline.
  • The deadline for submitting applications is 9:59 PM Alaska Daylight Savings Time, March 31, 2023.
  • The celebrity jury will review submissions and select semi-finalists in April 2023.
  • Semi-finalist designs will be posted for public voting in May 2023.
  • Finalists will be notified by June 2023.
  • The production of a custom plate may take up to 4 months following approval of the design by the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Terms and Artist Rights
Semi-finalists will receive a $250 honorarium, and the selected artist will be awarded $1000. Applicants under the age of 18 are eligible for a $50 honorarium, awarded by grade level.

The winning design may undergo further refinement by a professional graphic designer to meet the DMV guidelines.

Artists whose work is selected for license plate production will be required to sign an agreement with ASCA with the following terms:

Derivative expressions of the selected design are limited to photographs for documentary and archival purposes and for publication in articles for information about ASCA, the work of art and the artist, may be made and distributed by ASCA and the DMV. This includes publication in both public and private sector publications (for-profit as well as non-profit) publications, electronic publication on a website.

Artist Rights do not include reproduction for profit-making undertakings such as postcards, posters, mini-collector plates, etc. by ASCA and DMV unless coordinated with the selected Artist. The Artist retains all other rights not addressed in this agreement unless transferred by written agreement.

Have a question or need assistance with the application process?

Contact Alaska State Council on the Arts at or (907) 269-6610.