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Arizona specialty license plates help raise $9.8 million for charities

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PHOENIX — Specialty license plates are proving to be a huge success in helping Arizona charities raise money.

Sales of these plates generated $9.8 million for charitable causes and public programs over the last fiscal year. That’s up from $9.4 million from the previous fiscal year.

Doug Nick, spokesman for the Arizona Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Division, said these numbers show Arizonans have “proven to be generous.”

He said there are a number of license plates people can choose from.

“For the majority of these plates, the money goes to a charitable or another beneficial cause,” Nick said.

The specialty license plates cost $25. Of that, $17 goes to a charitable organization or cause. That includes university scholarships, child abuse prevention awareness, breast cancer awareness and veterans programs.

Nick said the veterans license plates are among the most popular specialty license plates. Also popular are the Arizona Cardinals license plates.

The Motor Vehicle Division has been offering specialty license plates since 1989, the year the specialty license plate program was established by state law. The newest ones include plates supporting the 100 Club of Arizona, Special Olympics, Grand Canyon University scholarships and preservation efforts for Historic Route 66.

Nick said since the specialty license plates became available, “tens of millions of dollars have gone to charitable or other beneficial organizations.”

A list of all the specialty license plates and information about how to order them can be found on the Arizona Department of Transportation’s website.

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