Specialty licenses

The new specialty plates are for Arizona 4-H, Arizona education, congenital heart defect awareness and Thunderbird Charities. (ADOT/Submitted)

Arizonans now have even more choices to support their favorite charitable cause, as the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division is making available four new specialty license plates.

The new specialty plates are for Arizona 4-H, Arizona education, congenital heart defect awareness and Thunderbird Charities.

“We know that people who choose specialty license plates for their vehicles take pride in displaying their connection to these community organizations,” MVD Director Eric Jorgensen said. “MVD is pleased that we can partner with various organizations that benefit Arizonans.”

Most specialty plates cost $25 each year; of that amount, $17 goes to a designated charity or nonprofit group. Personalization can be added for an additional $25 per year. Each fiscal year the total statewide sales of specialty plates contributes over $10 million for various causes and charities.

The Arizona 4-H specialty plate is available to anyone, and $17 goes toward inspiring the next generation of inventors, entrepreneurs and community leaders through Arizona 4-H.

“The Arizona 4-H Youth Foundation is proud to announce the availability of the new 4-H license plate, ‘Empowering Today’s Youth,’” said President Kari Petterson of Gilbert.

“It is more important today to have positive opportunities and growth experiences for young people ages 5-19. Arizona 4-H does that through the club model in a very robust way that focuses on the youths’ interests, allowing them to explore, create, innovate, master and excel in over 70 project areas. We are positive youth development driven, all-inclusive with a vision of inspiring the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs and community leaders.”

The Arizona education specialty plate is available to anyone, and $17 goes to a special fund that provides scholarships and grants to eligible teachers and students to fund continuing education.

“The Scottsdale Charros fund many charitable organizations, but we have a long history of supporting education because we believe it is the foundation of our community. Our programs include grants to individual schools, student scholarships, and celebrating educators in a multitude of ways,” said Dennis Robbins, executive director of the Scottsdale Charros.

“We are excited to add to these efforts by offering a specialty license plate that highlights our dedication to Arizona education.”

The congenital heart defect (CHD) awareness specialty plate is available to anyone, and $17 goes to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital-Heart Center for critical research, education and community programs to lead children born with congenital heart defects to longer, healthier lives.

“The Heart Center at Phoenix Children’s Hospital is grateful to Raerae of Light for making the CHD specialty license plate possible,” said Daniel A. Velez, M.D., co-director, Heart Center; division chief, cardiac surgery. “This is an incredible opportunity.

“We are grateful for their generosity, and that of all who purchase the license plate. This will give hope to families and save lives by providing access to nationally recognized pediatric cardiac care. At the Heart Center, we aim to leverage the latest technology to achieve the best possible outcomes.”

The Thunderbirds Charities specialty plate is available to anyone, and $17 goes to assist children and families, help people in need and improve the quality of life in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area.

Founded in 2019, the Thunderbirds Scholars program provides a full-tuition scholarship awarded each year to two deserving high school seniors who will attend either Arizona State University, the University of Arizona or Northern Arizona University in a four-year degree program. The Thunderbirds want to help deserving students succeed and create real opportunities for a positive future for Arizona youth.

“We are extremely excited to have a specialty license plate that will highlight Thunderbirds Charities and what the Thunderbirds do in the community,” said Michael Golding, big chief of the Thunderbirds and president of Thunderbirds Charities. “This is just another great way people can get involved with Thunderbirds Charities and ultimately make a bigger impact for kids in Arizona.”

Specialty plates are authorized by the Arizona Legislature and have been offered since 1989. Authorized plate designs complete a review by ADOT and law enforcement. In all, there are more than 80 license plate options for Arizona motorists. To view and order any specialty plate, visit azmvdnow.gov.