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Proposed Specialty Plates

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Legislative Commission on Special License Plates

The commission reviews proposed license plates and monitors the charitable groups receiving funds.

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Sponsoring a New Plate

Established non-profit organizations that are registered with the Nevada Secretary of State or government agencies may request a specialty license plate. Plates may also be requested through the State Legislature. 

The plate being requested must generate financial support for services to the community relating to public health, education, or general welfare. The plate may not promote, advertise or endorse any specific product, brand name, or service or promote any specific religion, faith or anti-religious belief.

Plate Tiers

The 2013 Nevada Legislature established two tiers of specialty license plates. Sponsoring agencies must choose one of the two tiers and post the appropriate surety bond with the application.

There is a cap on the number of plates issued in each tier. New plates are produced as openings become available in each tier in the order that applications were received.

The DMV conducts a review of plates each fall. Plates must maintain a minimum number of active registrations in order for the plate to be continued.

Tier
Bond Amount
Cap
Active Registrations Required
First $5,000 30 1,000
Second $20,000 5 3,000

Applications

Plates are requested using the following applications:

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First Tier Specialty License Plate Application and Development Process (SP 68 and SP 69)

Second Tier Specialty License Plate Application and Development Process (SP 68A and SP 69)

Specialty License Plate Surety Bond (SP 73)

Proposed art work may be submitted with the application, but it is not required. Non-profits must meet financial reporting requirements established by the Nevada legislative auditor.

Review and Approval

The Nevada Commission on Special License Plates reviews applications and recommends whether a plate should be issued. The Department of Motor Vehicles Plates makes the final determination.

On or before September 1 of each fiscal year, the Commission compiles a list of plates it has recommended for approval and forwards this to the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Plates which meet the application requirements are placed on the list for production. Plates are produced up to the maximum number allowed in each tier. See Annual Plate Review for the plates which have already been approved and are waiting for production.

Production

Once a specialty plate has been approved for production, the sponsoring group meets with the DMV for guidelines on color, character placement and other plate requirements. 

The group must then submit its formal proposed art work to the DMV, which may ask for changes based on technical factors. Once the design is agreed upon, the department will produce prototypes. 

The prototypes are submitted to the Nevada Highway Patrol for field testing for legibility. Upon law enforcement approval, plates are given final approval or rejection by the DMV.

Production begins following the final approval. The DMV will distribute plates to its field offices, post the plate on its website and in display cases in some offices. Sponsoring groups are typically issued lower-numbered plates and they may purchase souvenir plates for fundraising.

For further information, see the Specialty Plate Development Process (SP 69) and contact:

DMV Special Plates
555 Wright Way
Carson City, NV 89711-0875
(775) 684-4750
(775) 684-4797 Fax

Annual Review

Financial

Non-profit groups must submit a balance sheet and bank statements by July 1 of each year along with a list of the names of the persons, whether or not designated officers, who are responsible for overseeing the operation of the charitable organization and the organization's current mailing address and telephone number.

The Commission on Special License Plates may recommend that a plate be discontinued if the Nevada legislative auditor determines that a non-profit group has committed any acts of improper financial administration. The sponsoring group will be given an opportunity for a hearing. The DMV makes the final decision.

Active Registrations

The DMV reviews the number of active vehicle registrations for each specialty plate in the fourth quarter of each year. The department will cease to issue plates which do not maintain the minimum number of active registrations required under their tier.

The DMV will complete its review of registrations by October 1. The department must notify any group or organization whose plate does not meet the 1,000 or 3,000 minimum. (All charitable plates issued prior to 2013 fall under the 1,000 minimum.)

The DMV will review the registration figures of affected plates again on December 31. If the number of active registrations on December 31 is still below the minimum, the department will cease to issue the plate. See Discontinued Plates. The Las Vegas Federal Lands and Las Vegas Springs plates were discontinued at the end of 2013.

Nevada law prohibits the DMV from issuing more than 30 separate designs of specialty license plates at any one time. When plates are discontinued, the department may then approve new plates up to the maximum.

First Tier

The following organizations have met all of the application requirements for the first tier. They will be produced as others are discontinued during the annual plate review.

  1. Nevada Bicycle Advisory Board
  2. City of Reno
  3. Nevada Big Horn Unlimited
  4. Indian Health Board of Nevada
  5. The Great Reno Balloon Race
  6. Sparks Heritage Foundation and Museum
  7. Desert Conservation Program
  8. Interfaith Council of Southern Nevada
  9. Grant a Gift Autism Foundation
  10. Northern Nevada Section of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration
  11. Clark County Public Education Foundation dba The Public Education Foundation
  12. Food Bank of Northern Nevada
  13. United States Olympic Committee Sky Tavern Junior Ski Program

Organizations waiting for their plate to be produced must amend their application to include any name changes of any change in the group for which funds will be raised within 90 days of the change.

Second Tier

The department may produce up to five plates under the 3,000-plate tier. This new tier was established on July 1, 2013.

  1. Keep Memory Alive/Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
  2. Women’s Resource Medical Centers of Southern Nevada

Legislation

The 2013 Nevada Legislature passed several bills regarding special license plates. Here are links and information.

Bill Number Summary Effective Date
AB 24 150th Anniversary plate, plate numbering 6/7/2013
AB 111 International Symbol of Accessibility on disabled veteran plates 5/21/2013
AB 129 Peace Officer plate 7/1/2013
AB 189 New tier of 5 specialty plates 7/1/2013
AB 244 Minimum 1,000 active registrations on specialty plates 10/1/2013
AB 455 Plate Commission, charitable plate rules and regulations 7/1/2013
AB 473 License plate cost and production 7/1/2013