Creating Artwork for Your Custom License Plates

If you’d like us to design your tags

First decide what plate type fits your needs and budget. Then, to begin the artwork process, call us at 8 00-33 0-82 47 or send email to:

Before contacting us, note that we sell tags starting at quantities of 10 and above — single plates not sold.

In most cases, artwork is free.

Occasionally there are exceptions for custom artwork that is complex (about one in ten cases). In that event, however, we will give you pricing ahead of time for creating the artwork. (Usually about $50 in such cases.)

Remember we are experts in mobile graphics. We design for maximum visibility on an item that should be readable at a distance and while moving. Count on us to suggest changes to the ideas you may have for your design to make it the best it can be.

Within 3 business days we’ll have your custom tag artwork up on a web page for you to look at and review.

If you’ll be designing your own plates

We’re experts at designing for legibility and clarity. But if you want to tackle the design of your custom tags yourself, save the artwork in an acceptable file format. The preferred format is EPS, created by a vector drawing/ illustration program such as Adobe Illustrator or CorelDraw. (Saving or exporting to native Adobe Illustrator AI format is also fine.) Be sure to get the EPS-format tag template from our downloads page for the plate type you are ordering. Tag layouts submitted using the template and that follow our artwork guidelines qualify for a $50 order discount.

Other file formats we accept (though discount does not apply) are: TIF, GIF, JPEG, or BMP. If you use formats other than EPS or AI, a higher resolution such as 300dpi (dots per inch) at a minimum, on up to 600dpi, works much better than low-resolution images such as website graphics saved at 72dpi. Don’t hesitate to call if you have questions.

Also see our tag design tips for good visibility, legibility, and quick comprehension at a distance.

Custom artwork should be sent to us by:

  • Emailing artwork to: . Or
  • Providing a web page for your organization where we can view the artwork. (Web art is low-resolution, and will likely need rebuilding or modification by us.) Or
  • Mailing a CD with your artwork to our offices (only necessary for the very largest files).

Ordering Finished Tags

Payment is required first for us to begin printing your license plates.

Before that, of course, you’ll have already reviewed and approved your online artwork preview (including any changes) to make sure things are to your liking.

Once you’ve approved your artwork, we’ll calculate your total pricing including shipping, and email your order details. Then:

To phone in your order, call 8 00-33 0-82 47 (Mon.–Fri., 8:30–5:30, Central Time).

To fax your order, dial 3 16-4 62-05 89, anytime.

Credit cards accepted are MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express.

We strongly recommend not sending credit card numbers by email for security reasons — use phone or fax.

If paying by check, make out your check to “Leeward Productions.” Postal address for mailing payment will be provided once your order has been finalized.

Shipping: Orders are shipped via UPS or FedEx Ground within 2–3 weeks for most plates (4–6 weeks for embossed aluminum) counting from the time payment is received — specific turnaround depends on the plate type. Rush turnaround is usually available, for an additional cost. We also offer expedited shipping via UPS/FedEx at their prevailing rates for faster delivery methods. We recommend you plan ahead, though, because most license plates are a heavy item when it comes to shipping rates.

Questions? Feel free to call us. Or email . (Before calling or emailing, note our minimum quantity order — varies from 10 to 250 plates depending on the item you’re ordering.)