Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter will join sponsors of Idaho’s newest special license plate at a Wednesday news conference to formally introduce the Support Our Troops plate. The event is scheduled for 10:15 a.m. in the governor’s office.
Proceeds from the special plate will provide support and assistance to the children, dependents and spouses of military service members and armed forces of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Army National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard, Air National Guard and Reserves.
The license plate, featuring an image of a soldier and a young boy with an American flag as a backdrop, will go on sale at assessor’s offices statewide beginning Monday (Jan. 14). It joins four other special plates that are produced digitally in a flat format rather than in stamped/embossed format.
The sequentially numbered standard plates may be purchased at any county assessor’s office in Idaho. Purchasers will be issued a temporary permit at time of purchase and should receive their plates through the mail within four weeks.
Personalized and sample plates can be purchased only by mail, fax or online from the Idaho Transportation Department office in Boise and at the following Web address: https://www.accessidaho.org/secure/itd/personalized/plates.html
All renewals for the new plates will be processed at local county automobile licensing offices.
An initial program fee of $35 will be charged when the plate is first purchased; each subsequent renewal will cost $25. The program fees are in addition to all other applicable annual registration fees, county administrative fees and plate fees.
All but $10 of the special program fees will go to Idaho Support Our Troops Inc., which will administer funds derived from the license plate sales. The remainder of the fee goes to ITD to cover administrative costs.
The new license plate may be displayed only on passenger vehicles, light trucks with a gross vehicle weight of up to 26,000 pounds, motorhomes, and camper trailers – (excluding horse, car and cargo trailers with living facilities).
The special plates also may be personalized with up to five letters and numbers. The cost to personalize these plates is $25 in addition to both the special program fees and all other required annual registration and plate fees. The renewal fee for a personalized plate is an additional $15 per year.
Individuals also can purchase sample versions of the Support Our Troops license plates from the Idaho Transportation Department for $30. Twenty dollars of each sample plate sale goes to the plate’s special interest fund.
Sample plates can be personalized at no additional cost; sample plates cannot be displayed on motor vehicles, but they do make unique gifts for friends and family.