Wed Jun 15, 2011 7:38 pm
Wish they had pics of the Plates.
Indiana to offer 10 new specialty license plates
11:43 AM, Jun. 14, 2011 |
INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers will have 10 new specialty license plates to choose from when registering their vehicles starting in 2012, including plates to benefit the Tony Stewart Foundation and Ducks Unlimited.
The license plates will be available for purchase along with other group plates and the traditional plates that are currently available.
The cost for the specialty plates is $40. Of that, $25 goes directly to the sponsoring organization. The rest make up normal fees and excise/wheel taxes paid with the registration.
Indiana now offers 99 specialty license plates.
Selection of the new plates was based on criteria established by Indiana law and Bureau of Motor Vehicle regulations. Applicants must be a not-for-profit organization with a statewide beneficial impact. The application must include at least 500 signatures of people committing to purchase the plate.
For a time, the state tried to limit the number of specialty plates, citing concerns about printing costs. But the BMV now prints drivers’ plates after they are ordered – rather than maintaining stockpiles of all the designs at each branch – and then mails them to drivers.
That means the specialty plates don’t create extra expenses.
In 2010, Hoosiers purchased 442,573 specialty plates. That does not include the In God We Trust plate, which is available to all drivers at no additional cost, and some military-related and legislated plates that provide no funds for an organization.
Specialty plates last year generated more than $11 million for the sponsoring organizations.
Below is a list of the newly approved specialty plates with the programs on which the sponsors plan to spend the money:
--Ducks Unlimited, wetland conservation.
--Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police Foundation, education and training programs.
--Indiana Motor Truck Association, safer motoring environment.
--Indiana Patriot Guard Riders, care packages to deployed troops.
--Indiana Soccer, soccer outreach programs in the state.
--Indiana Youth Institute, support for community programs.
--Indiana University Health, Methodist Health Foundation.
--Indianapolis Zoological Society, animal food stock and medicine.
--Marine Foundation of Indiana, scholarships, Toys for Tots and Young Marines.
--Tony Stewart Foundation, grants to Indiana non-profit groups.
Reporter Lesley Stedman Weidenbener can be reached at (317) 444-2780.