by Becki Gray
Former Senior Vice President, John Locke Foundation
The NC Dept of Transportation issues, for a fee, special license plates. Some require qualifications, which The Division of Motor Vehicles will verify, some just require payment of an extra fee. Each plate has a unique design representing various groups and interests. Part of the fee goes to support that group or interest. There are 250 special plates available – everything from AIDS Awareness to Zeta Phi Beta. Just when you think every possibility for a plate has been covered, a new one is added. For example a North Carolina Paddle Festival plate was authorized in 2013. Most controversial? Pro-Choice, and it’s still being debated.
In oder to qualify for a special license plate, the group has to get 300 supporters applying and willing to pay the extra $10 to $30 fee. Part of the proceeds go to the group. The remainder goes to the DMV.
The complete list of special plates currently available – all 250 – is available here. Look under (b) types.
Anyone interested in making a JLF special plate number 251? We’ll need a logo. I’m afraid First in Freedom is taken. And we’ll need 299 more signatures. Who’s in?