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Maybe you’re one of those folks who, like me, advertise their musical taste, favorite vacation spot and level of geekdom on their vehicle in the form of window decals. If you’re not, I don’t judge. But I really do enjoy seeing the diversity of thought that can be displayed on the back of a car as I wait at a traffic light. Even if you don’t like stickers, the Arkansas Department of Motor Vehicles provides a pretty wide selection of customizable license plates for anyone who is looking for a more subtle way of showing their support for a favorite hobby or organization. And this one actually puts your money where your – well, your back window is.
On the DMV website, you can search through 141 different plates that are associated with professions, hobbies, nonprofit organizations, military accomplishments and awards, colleges and universities, and assorted other options to find one that is perfect for you. Some of the plates, like the one specifically for vehicles used as taxicabs, are not for everyone, but Arkansas Game and Fish has a nice selection featuring images of whitetail deer, foxes, fish, birds, and butterflies.
Most of the specialty Arkansas license plates provide financial support to a group or organization. There’s the Arkansas State Parks plate that sends $25 of the extra fees it requires to the Department of Parks and Tourism, for example. The Arkansas Down Syndrome Association receives $10 of the extra $20 required for its specialty plate, and for every Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. plate registered, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission receives $50.
There are 25 colleges and universities represented in the specialty plate program.
There are a lot of plates on the list, but some aren’t available to just anyone. The Amateur Radio License Plate only costs $4.89 extra, but applicants have to provide a copy of their Federal Communication Commission (FCC) license. The same goes for plates made for the Civil Air Patrol plate – applicants have to present a current CAP I.D. card.
Registration fees: https://www.dfa.arkansas.gov/motor-vehicle/vehicle-tag-renewal/
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