AZ specialty license plates raise millions for charities

AZ specialty license plates raise millions for charities
Arizona Cardinals plate. (Source: Arizona DOT)
Arizona Cardinals plate. (Source: Arizona DOT)
Veteran Plate (Source: Arizona DOT)
Veteran Plate (Source: Arizona DOT)
Freedom plate (Source: Arizona DOT)
Freedom plate (Source: Arizona DOT)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Specialty license plates allow drivers to express their individuality but support local causes as well.  According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Division, more than $6.5 million was distributed to various causes in 2015. Drivers pay $25 for specialty plates, of which $17 goes to a designated charity or nonprofit group.

"We're pleased to be a facilitator for people to give to their favorite charity," Motor Vehicle Division Director Eric Jorgensen said in a recent release. "The specialty license plate program is a great way to personalize your vehicle and support great causes."

The Arizona Cardinals plate came out on top for 2015, raising $1,087,677 for Cardinals Charity and its beneficiaries. The Arizona Veteran's Donation Fund benefited veterans and their families with $1,051,093 and the Freedom/Military Support raising $521,424.

There are 60 specialty plates in Arizona, with only a few that are not connected to a charity or nonprofit, those include historic and classic vehicles and plates that support public service like amateur radio operators. 
 
"Seeing so many vehicles on the road displaying their Cardinals plates is fantastic, and the display of support is incredibly gratifying," Cardinals President Michael Bidwill said. "But even more meaningful is knowing the type of impact that the project is having on Cardinals Charities and, in turn, so many worthy causes throughout the state."

Specialty license plates can be purchased through the Motor Vehicle Division at www.ServiceArizona.com.  For more information, visit www.azdot.gov/mvd.

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