Many Michigan motorists purchase fundraising license plates to support their favorite organization or a worthy cause. A recent law caps the number of plates available at any one time to 20, excluding Michigan university plates. Currently there are 14 specialty plates.
I recently backed legislation to add other options.
- Senate Bill 163 would require the secretary of state to develop and issue a “Choose Life” license plate. Revenue from sales of the plate would be provided to nonprofit organizations that promote alternatives to abortion, life-affirming services and media campaigns to promote adoption and suicide prevention. The “Choose Life” plate has raised more than $21 million nationwide for the cause of life in states where the plate is available.
- Senate Bill 178 would authorize the secretary of state to design and issue a license plate recognizing four professional Michigan sports teams — the Detroit Lions, Detroit Pistons, Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers — and the Michigan International Speedway. Funds from sales of the plates would be distributed to the organizations’ foundations or official charities that have been established to help strengthen the community, encourage leadership and athleticism among young people and promote health.
As with all specialty plates, the initial purchase requires a $25 donation and $10 service fee in addition to the regular cost of the license plate. Renewals require a $10 donation in addition to the standard cost.