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Record generosity as specialty license plate sales exceed $10 million

Arizonans support veterans, cancer research and other worthy causes
July 19, 2018

PHOENIX –What comes in many colors but ultimately rakes in the green? The answer is Arizona’s specialty license plates with annual sales exceeding $10 million for the first time ever.plate collage2

During the fiscal year ending June 30, the Arizona Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Division collected $10,617,427 for veterans’ services, families of fallen first responders, cancer research, historic preservation, college scholarships and many other worthy causes.  It was easily the most financially successful period in the history of Arizona’s specialty plates.

“The specialty plate program is a real point of pride for Arizona and is a tremendous success,” said Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division Director Eric Jorgensen. “Seeing this kind of continued growth proves Arizonans are both generous and eager to support great causes.”

In the past year, three new plates were introduced that commemorate Luke Air Force Base, the Arizona Science Center and the Barrett-Jackson auto auction.  The Arizona State University plate was redesigned and saw a bump in sales over the previous fiscal year. There was also a significant increase in sales of the Route 66 plate that was introduced in 2017.

Specialty plates typically cost $25. Of that amount, $17 is committed to the benefiting organization. They are available online and at MVD or Authorized Third Party offices.

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

For more information about specialty plates including how to order, please visit or

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