September 2013 marks the 10th Anniversary of the Registry of Motor Vehicles Special Plate program, established by the legislature as an opportunity for charitable organizations to raise funds through a dedicated license plate.
In recognition of the anniversary, the MassDOT blog is sharing the story of some of the nearly 20 special plates.
To sign up for a special license plate today, please visit www.MassRMV.com
To learn more about all plates in Massachusetts, please visit http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/Portals/16/docs/manuals/PassengerPlatesManual2012.pdf
License Plate: Choose Life
Year Plate: 2010
Number of Plates on the Road: 3,274
Funds Raised for Charity: $ 248,108.00
In 1996, Florida Marion County Commissioner, Randy Harris, envisioned a Choose Life license plate, that would assist women with unplanned pregnancies. The Florida Choose Life License Plate was signed into law in June 1999 by Governor Jeb Bush and went on sale in August of 2000. Florida had America’s first official license plate designed to encourage women with unplanned pregnancies to choose life.
What started in Florida has spread across the country. This specialty plate is now on the road in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia and being considered in 16 other states.
Here in Massachusetts, Merry and Ken Nordeen worked seven years before the first Choose Life plate went on the road in Massachusetts in July of 2010. Since then, there are over 3,000 Choose Life license plates on the road in Massachusetts raising over $200,000 to support the cause of life. Funds from the plate go to support non-profit life affirming agencies such as pregnancy resource centers that provide free services such as pregnancy testing, ultrasound and counseling and do not encourage or refer for abortion.
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