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Friday, November 5, 2010

ADOT announces new license plates for organizations

New, revised specialty license plates offered by ADOT

Adds character and supports charitable organizations

PHOENIX – Authorized under legislation and individually approved by the Arizona Department of Transportation, the range and style of specialty license plates continues to expand, providing drivers with a way to make a statement while supporting a cause, achievement or movement.

From a sunrise over the Grand Canyon to a fighting Cardinal, a Sun Devil to a Wildcat to a Lumberjack, desert vistas and wildlife, service and sacrifice, ADOT offers more than 45 special license plates that allow owners to support a local cause or as a form or recognition, like those for former POWs or Gold Star families.

Arizona ’s standard license plate is among the most attractive in the nation – purple mountain majesty, saguaros, and a postcard view of the desert. The unique artwork and design of the specialty plates further enhances the attractiveness of the Arizona license plate and provides options to drivers. All of the specialty plate designs undergo a review, which includes law enforcement professionals.

ADOT has just released the redesigned Arizona State University collegiate plate. The redesigned Sparky plate was unveiled by the ASU Alumni Association during homecoming weekend on Oct. 29. The first ASU plate was released in 1989 and there have been almost 11,000 issued.

“The bold redesign of ASU’s collegiate license plate allows university supporters and Sun Devil fans to demonstrate their school spirit while at the same time contributing to scholarships for deserving students,” said Christine K. Wilkinson, president of the ASU Alumni Association. The specialty plate provides financial support for the ASU Medallion Scholarship Fund, designated to support deserving students with the awarding of scholarships focused on academic, leadership and personal development.

Other specialty plates have also been recently redesigned, including Northern Arizona University , Families for Fallen Police Officers and Arizona Sportsman for Wildlife Conservation. Newer plates to the specialty lineup include those for Arizona Agriculture, Masonic Fraternity, Arizona Cardinals, Phoenix Suns and Arizona Highways Magazine.

In addition to regular vehicle registration fees, specialty plates cost an additional $25 – with $17 returned to the sponsoring organization. Personalization can be added for another $25 each year.

To view available specialty plates, or place an order, visit any ADOT Motor Vehicle Division office statewide or visit (click on Personalized/Specialty Plates). There are more than 45 choices that are available, several requiring special authorization, like those for amateur radio operators, Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, Pearl Harbor survivors and street rods.



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