Jayhawk License Plates

Jayhawk license plates

Drive with pride

Show your KU pride with a distinctive Jayhawk license plate on your vehicle!

You do not have to be a member of the KU Alumni Association or a graduate of KU to have a Jayhawk license plate.

A $50 contribution to the KU Alumni Association is required when you purchase or renew a KU license plate. The contribution helps support association programs including the Kansas Honor Scholars program, Jayhawk Career Network, and scholarships for Kansas students.

The state of Kansas has changed to a new digital printing system for license plates. You’ll receive a temporary tag when you purchase a plate, and the new Jayhawk plate will be mailed to you.

Kansas county treasurers are authorized to accept the $50 contribution when you pay your annual state tag fees and vehicle taxes.


Now available: Jayhawk license plates for other states!

Maryland Jayhawk license plate
Texas Jayhawk license plate

Frequently Asked Questions for Purchasing or Renewing a Jayhawk License Plate

Who is eligible for a Jayhawk license plate?

Anyone who loves KU! You do not have to be a KU Alumni Association member or a graduate of KU in order to put a Jayhawk license plate on your car.

How do I obtain a new Jayhawk license plate?

Purchase a new Jayhawk license plate in person at your county treasurer’s office. In addition to a $50 annual tax-deductible contribution to the KU Alumni Association and your normal state tag fees and vehicle taxes, a one-time special plate issuance fee of $45.50 to manufacture the plate is assessed.

The treasurer’s office will issue a 30-day temporary tag for you to use until your permanent license plate is mailed.

How do I renew Jayhawk license plate?

  1. You will receive your annual vehicle tag and tax statement from the State of Kansas.
  2. The vehicle tag and tax statement will include the $50 annual contribution required to maintain your KU license plate(s).
  3. You have the option of renewing your KU license plate(s) in person at your county treasurer’s office, by mail to your county treasurer, or on-line via the State’s website at www.kswebtags.org.
  4. Renewal can occur in a single transaction.

University of Kansas Jayhawk License Plates | KU Alumni AssociationWhat vehicles qualify for a Jayhawk license tag?

Applicants must be Kansas residents who own passenger vehicles or light trucks that are registered for weight of 20,000 lbs. or less.

Jayhawk license plates are also available in Maryland and Texas.

When should I purchase a plate?

You may purchase a Jayhawk license plate at any time. However, to avoid paying a contribution twice in one year, the best time to purchase a plate is during your annual tag renewal process.

Can I request a special name or number?

The Kansas legislation authorizing university plates does not provide for personalization of tags with words or phrases. Tag numbers are randomly issued.

What is the renewal schedule?

Kansans renew their license plates during certain months that are assigned according to the first letter of last names. However, you may register for a new KU license plate at any time during the calendar year.

How do I transfer my license plate to another vehicle?

If you purchase or lease a different vehicle, your KU license plate may be transferred to your new vehicle in most cases.  Transfers are handled directly at your country treasurer’s office.

Can I purchase a license plate for someone else as a gift?

Yes. Please contact our License Plate Administrator, Julie Lowrance, at jlowrance@kualumni.org or 800-584-2957 for more information.

When will I receive a receipt for my license plate contribution?

Your license plate donation is 100% tax deductible as a charitable contribution. When the alumni association receives notification of your purchase or renewal, we will send a charitable receipt acknowledging your gift.

How do you use my license plate contribution?

Proceeds from the University of Kansas License Plate program will help fund the Kansas Honor Scholars Program. The program, a KU tradition since 1971, recognizes Kansas high school seniors who rank academically in the top 10 percent of their class. Selections are made regardless of curricula, majors, occupational plans or higher-education goals.

Contact our License Plate Administrator, Julie Lowrance, at jlowrance@kualumni.org or 800-584-2957 for more information.