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Plate designs by Leeward Productions

BMW of Murrieta tag design sample

Full-color printing (for color gradients) on Natural Aluminum tag

Cotton Incorporated tag design sample

Navy and Columbia Blue ink on White tag

Fairview Christian Community Church tag design sample

White ink on John Deere Green tag

Hillsborough Local 2294 Firefighters tag design sample

Natural Aluminum tag plus Diamond-Tread embossing

Fort Campbell Fire Department plate design sample

Metallic Gold ink on Black tag

Cotton Incorporated plate design sample

White ink on Painted Gold tag

DuPont Panthers plate design sample

Navy Blue ink on Caution Yellow tag

Dream Cars International plate design sample

Black ink on Natural Aluminum tag

Hobart First United Methodist custom embossed license plates

Black and Warm Red ink on Natural Aluminum tag

Custom Embossed License Plates — Tough Aluminum, Designed Free

Item #40031: 12x6”, Spot-Color, Screen-Printed

Item #40032: 12x6”, Full-Color, Industrial Inkjet

Note: “Spot-color” is the least expensive volume-printing method, using separate individual colors rather than the full color spectrum.

Diamond-plate embossing available

For deluxe high-gloss gold or silver stamped aluminum license plates, see item #40033. For oval and capsule-shaped embossed aluminum tags, see items #40035/#40037. Or see our full line for all license plate types.

Standard features

  • All artwork and lettering embossed. Stamped auto plates with raised letters and artwork enhance the appearance of your tags with a vintage souvenir appeal. For better plate rigidity, outer border of license plate is embossed regardless of whether or not there is a printed border, which improves dimensional stability/ stiffness. (Note: entire plate can be flat if you prefer.)
  • Designed free by our experienced designers in 3 business days, except when art is complex. That means...
  • No canned layouts or crude online design interface that forces you to design your own license plates with only limited possibilities. Instead, you get the services of our tag designers who can tailor a layout for your organization, start from any idea you provide, or simply reproduce your previous tag design exactly as is. (Even if you’ve lost the artwork and only have a picture.)
  • Long-lasting, high-gloss, rustproof aluminum plates, .024-gauge.
  • Screen-printed with 5 to 7-year non-fade inks. Even compared with newer ink technologies coming on the market, screen-printing continues to hold its own as the high-durability ink standard by which others are judged, and at lower cost. Make sure you get either screen-printed or industrial-resin plates if you want them to last.
  • Choice of 9 full-bleed, no-cost tag-bla nk colors, including painted/ textured gold or silver, and natural aluminum (tag-bla nk color chart). As a special bonus, these prefabricated background colors don’t count as an ink color for pricing purposes, saving you money. Note: Other background colors can be printed with ink on white plates, with a 1/4” outer white margin/ border, required for tag gripper edge (example).
  • Select from 50 standard ink colors for spot-color license plates (ink color chart).
  • Custom/PMS ink color match at no extra charge (spot-color plates only). Match will be close but may not be perfect since screen-printing inks are manufactured for greatest outdoor durability, and use different pigments than standard commercial Pantone inks.
  • 4 mounting holes included.
  • No setup fees.

More details about our screen-printed auto tags.


  • Standard production time is 5–7 weeks once you’ve reviewed and approved your plate artwork.
  • Shipping time and cost are extra. See footer area of price chart for shipping weight, shipping point zip code, and carrier used when estimating shipping cost. Or we can figure the cost if you need an exact quote.

Extra-cost options

  • Full-bleed printing available. Call for custom quote on item #40031 spot-color screen-printed plates. Full-bleed option included at no extra cost in pricing shown here for item #40032 full-color digitally printed tags.
  • Thicker .032-gauge aluminum (white and natural aluminum bla nks only). Available at order quantities of 125+. For extra amount, see note at bottom of price chart at right.
  • Individual shrink-wrapping for small additional cost, noted at bottom of price chart.
  • Rush turnaround available if room in our production schedule: 25% extra cost on quantities from 125 to 499 embossed tags, and 20% extra for 500 plates and up. Rush orders must be paid by credit or debit card.

How to count the number
of spot ink colors

Does white or black count toward the number of ink colors? Black counts as an ink color on white plates but not on black plates, since on black plates, the color of the plate surface itself is used for black areas instead of ink. With white as a color, the situation is just the reverse: White counts as an ink color on black plates but not on white plates.

Background colors other than white or black: If listed in the background color swatch chart, the background color doesn’t count as an ink color since it comes as a pre-fabricated baked enamel coating on the plate bla nk itself. Other background colors are achieved by printing a flood of colored ink on white tag stock, with a 1/4” outer white border (required for tag gripper edge). In these cases, the background color counts as an ink color, but do not count lettering or artwork that’s “reversed out” of the background color. (“Reversed out” means areas where the plate surface is unprinted so the plate substrate color forms the letter shapes or artwork.)

Full-color license plates option

  • Also known as “four-color process” or “CMYK” printing, license plates produced this way use the full color spectrum. (CMYK stands for the four primary colors of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black used in four-color process reproduction.)
  • With non-white and metallic-finish bla nks, a white base coat must be laid down underneath areas printed with four-color process. See bullet point in bottom area of price chart for extra cost.
  • Exact color cannot be guaranteed due to the nature of process-color printing.

Questions about our
embossed car tags?

Feel free to call us with your questions about our custom stamped license plates at 8 00-33 0-82 47, Mon.–Fri., 8:30–5:30 Central Standard Time. Or email us at . (Note our 125-tag minimum order for these plates.)


$50 order discount for print-ready art supplied in Adobe Illustrator (.ai or .eps) format using our tag template, and that follows our artwork requirements.

Same discount for reorders that reuse identical plate artwork. No time limit, art kept permanently.

Spot-color vs. full-color pricing: Pricing is shown for up to 3 spot colors, beyond which full-color printing is often required — see far-right chart column. We can print additional spot colors, however, as needed. To save you money, we can convert full-color artwork to spot-color if the style of art would lend itself to that.

#40031 PRICING
per .024-ga. 12x6” embossed plate

Minimum Order Qty: 125



Item #40032

1 2 3
125 $5.31 $5.95 $6.59 $6.85
250 $3.73 $4.15 $4.57 $5.01
300 $3.59 $3.99 $4.39 $4.89
400 $3.34 $3.72 $4.10 $4.66
500 $2.85 $3.16 $3.47 $4.01
750 $2.63 $2.92 $3.21 $3.78
1,000 $2.43 $2.68 $2.93 $3.49
1,500 $2.35 $2.59 $2.83 $3.39
2,000 $2.29 $2.53 $2.77 $3.31
2,500 $2.12 $2.36 $2.60 $3.10
5,000 $2.05 $2.28 $2.51 $3.07
10,000 $2.00 $2.23 $2.46 $3.04
  • Add $0.35 extra each for .032-gauge aluminum, available with white and natural aluminum plate bla nks only.
  • Full-bleed $1.00 per plate extra for spot-color printing. Included at no extra charge for full-color plates.
  • Individual shrink-wrapping $0.10 each for spot-color plates. Included for full-color plates at no extra charge.
  • Inquire for spot-color pricing beyond 3 ink colors. Or, extrapolating from the chart should get you within a penny or two per plate.
  • With plate bla nk colors other than white, a white undercoat may be required beneath bright Pantone colors to successfully print the correct hue, which adds the cost of one spot color to the price.
  • Full-color on non-white or metallic-finish bla nks always requires a white base coat to be laid down first underneath printed areas. Added cost for the most common quantities is: $0.64/ea. for 125 tags, $0.42 (250), $0.31 (500), $0.25 (1,000), $0.24 (2,500), $0.23 (5,000), $0.23 (10,000).
  • Colored backgrounds beyond those listed in the tag-bla nk color chart are printed with ink on white plates (example), which counts as an additional ink color.
  • Shipping cost is extra. Shipping weight is 16 lbs. per 100 plates. Ships from zip code 30084 via UPS Ground.

Sales tax: Not charged for states outside Kansas. KS residents other than nonprofits add 6.3% state sales tax, plus your applicable local (city and/or county) rate. For KS nonprofits, an exemption form is required for us to waive tax, which we’ll ask you to furnish.

We can expedite shipping using faster delivery methods at UPS’s usual rates for those services. However, aluminum plates are heavy and non-Ground shipping costs considerably more, so we recommend planning ahead.

We do not profit on shipping, and pass through only UPS’s rates as charged to us, plus our packing materials cost. Included in the shipping rates above is a small but mandatory UPS insurance fee to cover reprinting your order in the event of a lost or damaged shipment.

Prices subject to change without notice. If there has been any change, we will notify you when you first contact us about an order.