Sale of new license plates to benefit
New license plates went on sale Monday (June 2) as a way of promoting the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games to be held in Idaho this winter. The new plates, approved by the 2008 Idaho Legislature, are available at county automobile licensing offices throughout the state.
Personalized and sample plates that use the same design featuring the games official logo are available only by mail or fax from ITD's Division of Motor Vehicles in Boise. Orders also can be placed online through the DMV Web site .
All future renewals for the plates will be processed at county licensing offices. The special license plate program is expected to continue beyond the conclusion of the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Idaho.
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 go to the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games, a non-profit organization. Proceeds support and assist programs dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competition.
The new license plate may be displayed only on passenger vehicles, light trucks with a gross vehicle weight of up to 26,000 pounds, motor homes and camper trailers (excluding horse, car and cargo trailers with living facilities).
The special plates also can be personalized with up to five letters and/or numbers. The cost to personalize the 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 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games special license plates from the 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; these plates cannot be displayed on motor vehicles, but they do make unique gifts for friends and family.