Arizonans spent $10M on specialty license plates for first time ever

Jul 19, 2018, 7:15 PM
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PHOENIX — The Arizona Department of Transportation announced this week that the annual sales of its specialty license plates have exceeded $10 million for the first time ever.

The department said that its Motor Vehicle Division collected $10,617,427 in sales from those plates during the fiscal year that ended on June 30.

Some of that money will go toward veterans’ services, families of fallen first responders, cancer research, historic preservation, college scholarships and many other worthy causes, according to the department.

“The specialty plate program is a real point of pride for Arizona and is a tremendous success,” Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division Director Eric Jorgensen said in a statement.

“Seeing this kind of continued growth proves Arizonans are both generous and eager to support great causes.”

The specialty license plates typically cost $25, $17 of which goes toward the benefited organization.

Three new license plates were introduced this past year. Those plates commemorated the Luke Air Force Base, the Arizona Science Center and the Barrett-Jackson auto auction.

The Arizona State University plate was also redesigned this year. It and the Route 55 plate that was introduced in 2017 also saw a significant increase in sales.

The specialty plate program was established by state law in 1989. Plates are authorized by the state legislature.

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Arizonans spent $10M on specialty license plates for first time ever