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If you are a registered driver in the state of Maryland then you are eligible to sign-up for a Caps organizational plate, the official Maryland license plate of the Washington Capitals.
While showing your spirit and displaying the Caps license plate, you also will be helping charity. A portion of the one-time fee of $50 for each Caps license plate will benefit Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) Foundation. Specifically, $25 will be tax-deductible.
Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation supports the charitable efforts of the Washington Capitals, Mystics and Wizards. As these teams now fall under the Monumental Sports & Entertainment umbrella, aligning their causes and unifying their giving enables us to have the greatest impact on the community. MSE Foundation is committed to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and focuses on the following five pillars to maximize its impact on the community: education and scholarship, hunger and homelessness, military and veterans' affairs, pediatric health and fitness and youth basketball and hockey. For more information on MSE Foundation and to see the worthy nonprofit organizations that it has benefited, please click here.
Maryland Application Process
To apply for a Caps Maryland license plate, please follow the steps below:
- Download the application form or pick up a copy of the application form in person at the community relations table behind section 104 on the main concourse or at the fan club table during a Caps home game.
- Complete the application form in its entirety. Be sure to have the owner and co-owner (if applicable) of the vehicle sign where appropriate and provide all necessary vehicle information.
- Prepare payment via check, cash or credit card in the amount of $50. Checks should be made payable to Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation. If you are using a credit card, please complete the credit card authorization form. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted.
- Submit your completed application form and full payment. (Note: Please do not mail a cash payment. Cash is only accepted in person at the community relations table or fan club table.)
Attn: License Plates
627 North Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22203
Email to: CapsLicensePlates@washcaps.com
Drop off at the community relations table or fan club table at Caps home games.
When Your Plates Arrive
- Receive your license plate, which will issued by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration.
- Return the license plates you were originally issued to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA). You can return your original plates in person to any MVA branch office, including express offices, or mail them to the MVA Central Refund Tag Return (CRTR) Unit, 6601 Ritchie Highway, N.E., Glen Burnie, MD 21062. The MVA suggests sending them by certified mail with return receipt requested.
If you have any questions, please email CapsLicensePlates@washcaps.com or call 202-266-2200.
Can I get a Caps license plate for my passenger car, multi-purpose vehicle or truck?
Yes, Caps license plates may be displayed on passenger cars, multipurpose vehicles (i.e., Jeeps, Blazers, motor homes) and trucks up to and including one ton.
Can I get a Caps license plate for my motorcycle?
No, Caps license plates are not available for motorcycles.
Can I get a Caps license plate for my boat or trailer?
No, Caps license plates are not available for boats or trailers.
I have a disability plate. Can I get a Caps disability license plate?
No, these plates are not available. If you elect to purchase a Caps license plate, you will need to use a disability hangtag with your Caps license plate.
What will the Caps license plate look like?
The Caps Maryland license plate will include the Caps eagle logo in full color, three stacked letters spelling out “NHL” and four numeric characters as well as “Washington Capitals” along the bottom of the plate.
How will license plate numbers be assigned?
License plate numbers will be assigned in sequential order and is up to the discretion of the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration.
Can I make a special request for my plate number, such as “0220”?
No, requests for specific plate number cannot be made. License plate numbers will be assigned in sequential order. Please note that “0000” will not be issued as a valid Caps license plate.
Can I request that my Caps license plate be personalized, such as “CAP1”?
No, personalized (vanity) Caps plates with specific letters and numbers are not available.
The Washington Capitals plate costs $50, payable to Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation. This is a one-time fee and is separate from any annual vehicle registration fees. You must renew your current vehicle registration with the Maryland Motor Vehicle Association when it is due. Beyond the $50 there are no additional costs. This fee includes the cost to ship the license plate to you. Your order will include a set of two plates – one for the front of your car and one for the back of your car.
Is the entire $50 fee tax deductible?
Half of the $50 fee is tax deductible. The fee can be broken down as follows: $25 will be paid to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) and $25 will be a tax-deductible donation to Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation.
Does the $50 cover vehicle registration fees?
No, the license plate fee you are paying is not part of your vehicle registration renewal.
Can I make an additional tax-deductible donation to Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation at the time I pay for my Caps license plate?
Yes, for your convenience, you may indicate a one-time monetary contribution that you wish to make to Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation on your Caps license plate application form. When you include your payment via cash, check or credit card, please add the license plate fee of $50 to this contribution amount for your total purchase.
What are my payment options?
The $50 one-time fee for a Caps license plate can be paid via cash, credit card or a check made out to Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation. The following credit cards are accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. Please do not mail a cash payment. Cash is only accepted in person at the community relations table or fan club table at Capitals games.
If I pay by credit card, will I receive a receipt for the credit card transaction?
On the credit card authorization form you may check the appropriate box to indicate that you would like to receive a credit card receipt for the charge of your Caps license plate.
How long will it take to receive my Caps license plate once I submit my order?
The Caps process applications and payment in batches. The Caps send in completed applications and payment to the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) for processing on a monthly basis. Upon receipt of your application by the MVA, your plates will be issued from the Glen Burnie office, which processes plate orders on a daily basis. Plates will typically be received in approximately two to four weeks.
Where will my Caps license plates be sent?
Plates will be mailed directly to the address on your application.
What do I do with the license plates originally issued by the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA)?
Upon receipt of your Caps license plates, please return the license plates you were originally issued to the MVA. You can return your original plates in person to any MVA branch office, including express offices, or mail them to the MVA Central Refund Tag Return (CRTR) Unit, 6601 Ritchie Highway, N.E., Glen Burnie, MD 21062. The MVA suggests sending them by certified mail with return receipt requested.
Also, as a suggestion, please be sure to notify your insurance company of your new vehicle plate information.