If you need to replace a missing or worn-out license plate screw, it is important to know what size will fit your car or truck. What license plate screw size will fit your vehicle?
The standard license plate screw size for most car brands is 1/4-14-3/4 inch. These are self-tapping screws that can fit most vehicles equipped with nylon or plastic screw retainers.
Vehicles fitted with threaded metal holes use a different type of plate screw. The types and sizes of these screws also vary depending on the car brand or model.
In this article, I’ll list standard license plate screw sizes for different vehicle models, including Acura, Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Ford, Ford F-150, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Jeep, Kia, Lexus, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Pontiac, Porsche, Ram, Subaru, Suzuki, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo.
Read on to learn more about the standard license plate screw sizes and the different types of license plate screws for cars and trucks.
To ensure that these screws will fit your vehicle, you can search the reviews or Amazon search to see if others use this screw with your car. If not, read on to see recommended screws for the most popular vehicle brands.
License Plate Screw Size [Standard Sizes for Popular Car Models]
Below are the license plate screw sizes for various popular car brands:
|Car Brand||Standard License Plate Screw Size|
|Acura||M6 x 16mm|
|Audi||M6-1.0 x 16mm|
|BMW||M4.8 x 16mm|
|Cadillac||M6-1.0 x 16mm|
|Chevrolet||#14 x 3/4″|
|Ford||1/4″ x 3/4″|
|GM||#14 1/4″ x 3/4″|
|Hyundai||M6 x 1.0 x 16-25mm|
|Jeep||#12 x 3/4″|
|Kia||M6 x 1.0 x 16-25mm|
|Lexus||6.3mm x 25mm|
|Mercedes Benz||6mm x 12mm|
|Mitsubishi||M6 x 1.0 x 10mm|
|Pontiac||M6-1.0 x 16mm|
|Subaru||1/4″ x 3/4″|
|Suzuki||#14 1/4″ x 3/4″|
|Tesla||M5-0.8 X 8mm|
|Toyota||M6-1.0 x 25mm|
|Volkswagen||M6-1.0 x 16mm|
|Volvo||M6-1.0 x 16mm|
The standard license plate screw size for Acura license plates is M6 x 16mm.
The standard license plate screw size for Audi license plates is M6-1.0 x 16mm.
The standard BMW license plate screw size is M4.8 x 16mm. You could go as short as 8mm or as long as 12mm.
The standard license plate screw size for Cadillac is M6-1.0 x 16mm.
The standard Chevrolet license plate screw size is #14 x 3/4″. You could go as short as 8mm or as long as 12mm.
The standard license plate screw size for most Chrysler vehicles is 1/4-14×3/4.
The standard license plate screw size for Ford vehicles is 1/4″ x 3/4″.
The standard license plate screw size for Ford F-150 trucks is 1/4-14-5/8 inch (1/4 inch threaded diameter, 14 threads, 5/8 inch length). An example of this screw for the Ford F-150 is the SNUG Fastener Stainless Steel screw.
These are stainless steel screws with slotted hex heads that you can easily fasten using a 3/8 inch drive socket or a flat head screwdriver.
They can fit license plates of Ford F-150s and most domestic trucks and cars that use nylon or plastic holders. A 100% warranty backs up its non-corrosive feature.
The standard license plate screw size for most GM vehicles is #14 1/4″ x 3/4″. This screw will fit most General Motors vehicles.
For Honda car and truck models, the license plate screw size is M6-1.0 x 20mm or 1/4-14-3/4″. Below are screws that will fit your Honda vehicle.
These screws are made of stainless steel that is zinc-plated and black finished, making them rustproof and durable.
They do not require nylon inserts, and they also come with a universal fit. They are 3/4 inch long and have 1/4 inch diameters. These screws will fit most domestic and imported cars, trucks, and motorcycles.
The standard license plate screw sizes for Hyundai vehicles is M6 x 1.0 x 16-25mm.
The standard license plate screw size for Jeep is 1/4-14-3/4″.
If you have a Kia vehicle, the standard license plate screw size is M6 x 1.0 x 16-25mm.
The standard license plate screw size for Lexus vehicles is 6.3mm X25mm.
If you have a Mazda such as the Mazda 3, 6, CX-5, etc., the standard license plate screw size is M6 14-20mm.
The standard license plate screw size for Mercedes Benz plates is 6mm x 12mm.
The standard license plate screw size for most Mitsubishi car models is M6 x 1.0 x 10mm. Some Mitsubishi vehicles might also take a 16mm extended screw.
The right Nissan license plate screw size is 1/4-14-3/4 inches. I also recommend the Revolution Steel License Plate Screws for Nissan vehicles.
The standard license plate screw size for Pontiac vehicles is M6-1.0 x 16mm.
The standard Porsche license plate screw size is 1/4-14-3/4 inches.
The standard RAM truck license plate screw size is 1/4-14-3/4 inch. A reliable size screw that will fit any RAM truck is the Ottospeed Rustproof License Plate Screws.
These are 100% rustproof 316 marine-grade stainless steel screws. They are more durable and resistant to corrosion because of their proprietary black plating.
Their standard size of 1/4-14-3/4 with a 3/8 inch hex head makes them compatible with most vehicles that use nylon/plastic screw retainers. You can use them as upgrades to the less durable screws supplied by the car dealer.
The standard license plate screw size for Subaru license plates is 1/4″ x 3/4″.
The standard Suzuki license plate screw size is #14 1/4″ x 3/4″.
The standard Tesla license plate screw size is M5-0.8 X 8mm.
The standard license plate screw size for Toyota is M6 1 x 0.5 x 0.5 inches. An example of this Toyota car or truck license plate screw is the RSD Never Rust OE Style screws.
These stainless steel screws will fit the license plates for most Toyota models. A package includes two standard rear license plate screws and two front license plate self-tapping fasteners.
If you have previously fastened or drilled your front bumper with a bigger screw, you may need to add or use a plastic anchor to fasten these screws.
The standard license plate screw size for most Volkswagen vehicles is M6-1.0 x 16mm.
The standard license plate screw size for Volvo is M6-1.0 x 16mm.
About License Plate Screw Sizes
As mentioned earlier, the most common size license plate screw size is 1/4-14-3/4 inch. There is a meaning to these numbers. The first number (1/4), a fraction, is the threaded diameter of the screw, given in inches. The number in the middle (14) is the number of threads the screw has. The last number (3/4) is the length of the screw, also given in inches.
While there is a standard screw size for license plates, not all are the same.
For instance, there are Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) screws. Original equipment manufacturers make these screws. They are specifically suited to specific brands and models of vehicles.
Car and truck manufacturers produce their screws with different materials and sizes, specifically suited to the license plate retainers. For instance, some of the screws have hex heads, slotted hex heads, truss heads, or slotted truss heads.
If you need a specific type and/or size of the screw, you will not find any difficulty finding it. Most of these OEM screws are available from Amazon.
So again, what size are license plate screws? What is the standard license plate screw size? The most common license plate screw size is 1/4-14-3/4 inch (1/4 inch threaded diameter, 14 threads, 3/4 inch length). But as described above, some model cars and trucks require different license plate screw sizes.
Below is another table that will show you some of the standard sizes of license screw plates used in most modern cars today.
|Screw Type||Standard Sizes|
|82-5503 – Slotted Head, Washer Head||1/4 x 3/4 Zinc Plated Universal|
|14099 – Slotted Truss Head||1/4 x 3/4 Zinc Plated Universal|
|6717 – Slotted Truss Head||1/4 x 3/4 Black, GM, and Universal|
|1434 SS – Phillips Truss Head||1/4 x 3/4 Stainless|
|12932 – Slotted Pan Head||1/4 x 3/4 Stainless, GM, and Universal|
|12818 – Slotted Hex Washer Head||1/4 x 3/4 Stainless, Universal|
|1012SS – Phillips Truss Head||#10 x 1/2 Stainless|
|858SS – Phillips Pan Head||#8 x 5/8 Stainless, European, and Universal|
|903 – Slotted Hex Head||#12 x 3/4 Zinc Plated, Subaru, and Universal|
|6552 – Slotted Hex Washer Head||1/4 x 3/4 Black Zinc Plated, Universal|
|90-6739 – Slotted Truss||1/4 x 5/8 Zinc Plated-Blunt Point, Universal|
|1939 – Slotted Hex Washer Head||1/4 x 5/8 with 5/8 o.d. Washer, Ford # N800369-S2|
An example of a reliable standard license plate screw is the Revolution Rustproof License Plate Screws. These screws will not rust because they’re made of high-grade stainless steel.
These screws are 3/4 inch long self-tapping screws that can fit most cars and trucks with nylon/plastic screw retainers.
The SNUG Fasteners are another example of standard-size license plate screws that fit most cars and trucks.
These 1/4 x 3/8 inch screws are made of premium 304 stainless steel. They have slotted hex heads that are easy to fasten using a flat head screwdriver. These screws can fit the holes of most domestic car and truck license plates.
The above screws should fit most car or truck license plates; however, some vehicle manufacturers recommend a specific screw.
How to Replace License Plate Screws
Replacing license plate screws is simple and easy, especially if you have the know-how. You’ll need a flathead or Phillips screwdriver to unscrew the old ones and screw in their replacements.
Follow these steps when replacing the old screws:
- Start with the rear license plate. Use the right screwdriver and unscrew the two existing screws on the top of the license plate’s edge or the plate frame (if there is any).
- Remove the license plate (and the plate frame) and set them aside. Clean them if necessary.
- Clear all the dirt and debris around the screw holes.
- Place the license plate (and the frame) back to its original position.
- Start to screw the new screws on the plate or the plate frame using the screwdriver. Make sure that you fully secure the plate and the plate frame.
- Now, go to the front of the car and follow the same procedure in unscrewing and screwing the front license plate.
If your license plate screw is stuck, see License Plate Screw Is Stuck – How to Get It Out.
Most cars manufactured in the United States use sheet metal screws and nylon snap-in nuts for their front and rear license plates, except the Chevrolet Corvette. Most carmakers in Europe and Asia use metric machine screws with threaded inserts.
The screws used for the rear license plates are usually not the same as those on the front license plate. More often than not, there is a license plate mounting bracket at the rear, which is attached first to the car before the license plate. When this bracket is set in place, you know the license plate is fully screwed in.
Conclusion – What Size Are License Plate Screws?
What is the standard license plate screw size? The standard size of license plate screws for vehicles in the United States is 1/4-14-3/4 inch. These are self-tapping screws suitable to most vehicles fitted with nylon or plastic screw retainers.
A different type of plate screw is required for vehicles fitted with metal-threaded holes. The sizes of these screws also vary depending on the car brand or model.