Florida has 4 separate categories for license plates when you go to their Speciality Plates web page.
The catagories and total plates are:
- ENVIRONMENTAL ~ 18
- MISCELLANEOUS ~ 40
- PROFESSIONAL SPORTS ~ 9
- UNIVERSITIES ~ 36
Including our standard Florida State license plate seen above this brings us to a grand total of 104 license plates for the state!
That's a lot of different plates!
Specialty plates vary in price depending on which plate you choose. Some have a $15.00 yearly fee while others can go as high as a $25.00 yearly fee. This is on top of your "once a year" vehicle registration fee. The money collected from each speciality plate goes into a fund that plate was speciality designed for.
My favorite plates fall under Environmental and Miscellaneous. You're not surprised are you? However, in case you are wondering, I have the standard issue on my car, for now...
The newest plate under Environmental is ...
Proceeds from this plate go to Florida Animal Friend Inc. which are then used in spay and neuter programs across the state.
Then we have plates for the Protect The Whales, Protect The Dolphins, Help The Sea Turtles, Save Our Florida Reefs, Save the Manatee, Conserve Wildlife just to give you a sample of our Environmental plates.
Clicking on each license plate will take you to where the proceeds of each plate go. For instance, The "Conserve Wildlife" plate proceeds benefit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission along with 3 other plates I have shown you.
I've just given you a sampling of the plates listed under Environmental. There are 11 others on the website to view.
The Miscellaneous license plates touch all sorts of different aspects of the Florida Lifestyle.
You will find plates going towards Ending Breast Cancer, Family Values, Hospice: Everyday is a Gift, Police Benevolent Association, Salutes Firefighters, one dedicated to the Space Shuttle Challenger, Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranch, along with one for EACH Branch of our Military and here are just 3 of my favorites from this group..
Once again, clicking on each license plate will take you to where the proceeds of each plate go.
Next the Professional Sports.. Ok Florida has 3 Pro football teams, 2 pro baseball, basketball and hockey teams. 45% of the proceeds go to the Florida Sports Foundation and other portions of the proceeds go to foundations of each teams choice.
Where are the NASCAR plates? I could have sworn I saw a Mark Martin and another driver plate? Was I dreaming?
Finally the University Group. 36 Universities have license plates in this group. I see more Florida Gator plates and Florida State University plates around Daytona then any other college plates, but there is the occasional Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University plate that drives by. You would think I would see some Stetson University plates, since it is right down the road, but I've not seen one!
Well I hope this was as much of a education for you as at it was for me. I've always wondered just how many different kind of plates there were running around our great state and now I know.
(Images of license plates courtesy of Myflorida.com Licenses, Permits & Vital Records page)