Love ’em or hate ’em specialty license plates are a bipartisan issue. People on both sides of the aisle sponsor license plate bills, and people on both sides (like me) have vowed to vote against all of them.
Vehicle owners can pay additional fees to customize their license plates by having custom text and/or a specialty plate design. This video focuses on the proliferation of specialty plates. The Arizona Legislature has approved more than 60 specialty plates. Other states like Maryland and Texas have hundreds of specialty plates. What’s up with that?
How are specialty plate designs proposed and created? A Legislator introduces a bill to create a specialty plate design of behalf of a group, organization, or nonprofit that fits such a tight definition in statute. This tight definition ensures that only one entity qualifies to receive $17/plate/year fee from sale of the plate. Only the connected need apply. That is why I say specialty plates are the ultimate in picking winners and losers.