If you’ve been hemming and hawing on getting a specialized license plate in Illinois, you better head over to your local DMV as time is running out.
The specific portion of the bill signed last October went into effect July 1st, requiring future specialized license plates to have a universal design, instead fitted with a decal supporting the organization or charity of your choice.
State Press Secretary Dave Druker cited the primary reason: police officers were concerned about how they’d keep track of the 109, and counting, specialty plates on our roads.
Luckily for those of you who already have specialty plates, you’re grandfathered in and won’t have to worry until you change your plate. If you’re looking to get one at all, you may still have a little bit of time. The new universal style is still being designed, and for now, the Pick-a-Plate tool shows the original designs on CyberDriveIllinois.
The timing of the decision is risky, as it brings up potential for impact to revenue for the state and the causes supported by the specialty plates. Sports-themed plates alone have generated $4.3 million for public education since 2011.
Will an aesthetic change lead to dwindling sales for specialty plates, and thus a loss in revenue? It’s already happened in North Carolina since they modified their most popular specialty design in 2012.
Further, if a large number of designs were costing the state, why not just bump the fee $1-2? It’s clear that drivers are willing to pay more to personalize their vehicles while supporting their teams/organizations and charitable causes.
via: [Alton Daily News]