Sunday, January 31, 2010

A few more new ones from around the country that have caught my eye

Here are a few more new plate designs that you'll be seeing on the roads this year:
The Kansas "KU FANS" plate at right is the state's new vanity (sometimes called personalized) plate design, which will be issued through 2015.
The New Mexico Centennial plate (center right) is New Mexico's new standard plate, which marks the upcoming 100th anniversary of statehood.
 
The Tulsa Zoo plate from Oklahoma (bottom right) is an optional plate, the proceeds from which benefit the zoo.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

New special-issue plates for 2010




Indiana has a few new special-issue plates for 2010 (they'll be dated "11," as their first expiration will come in 2011).  You'll note that unlike other special plates, these are numbered in an AA9999 format, but without the stacked letters, which many find difficult to read at a distance.

I've got images of the new plates at left, and they are, in order of appearance:

EARLHAM COLLEGE
This plate benefits the Richmond college that was founded by the Quakers in 1847.  Its additional cost includes a $25 group fee and a $15 administrative fee.
May be used on cars, motorcycles, trucks to 11,000 pounds, and RVs.


GOLD STAR FAMILY
The Gold Star Family plate is available to spouses, parents, siblings and children of those who died while serving in the military, including all those on active duty, in the Reserves or the National Guard.  Family members are required to submit a DD1300 form from the Department of Defense, but there are no additional fees for this plate; only standard registration fees and taxes apply.
May be used on cars, trucks up to 11,000 pounds, and RVs.

POW-MIA
The Prisoner Of War-Missing In Action license plate was sponsored by Indiana Rolling Thunder.  It honors all Hoosier veterans who are missing in action or listed as prisoners of war. Proceeds from this plate go to the Veterans Assistance Trust Fund established by the General Assembly in 2007 to assist veterans and their families in times of financial hardship.  In addition to standard fees and taxes, this plate has a $25 group fee and an administrative fee of $15.
May be used on cars, motorcycles, trucks to 11,000 pounds, and RVs.

INDIANA BLOOD CENTER
This plate -- as you'd expect, given its name -- benefits the Indiana Blood Center.  An additional charge of $25 for the IBC and $15 for administrative fees applies.
May be used on cars, motorcycles, trucks to 11,000 pounds, and RVs.

INCASA ("End Violence Together")
The End Violence Together plate benefits the Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault.  It carries a $25 group fee and a $15 administrative fee.
May be used on cars, motorcycles, trucks to 11,000 pounds, and RVs.

AUTISM AWARENESS
Proceeds from this plate benefit the Autism Society of America in Indiana.  As with the other organizations' plates, this plate has a $25 group fee and a $15 administrative fee.
May be used on cars, motorcycles, trucks to 11,000 pounds, and RVs.



Friday, January 8, 2010

UPDATED: Making some changes


Indiana has evidently changed the numbering system for some plates beginning this year.

The BMV's website shows a new format for disabled, disabled veteran and RV plates beginning with the 2011 expiration cycle.  Until this year, those plate types were on a straight numeric system.  Now, however, it looks like plate numbers will be laid out as shown in the images at left.

It'll be a few months before I see any RV plates around, as we won't start traveling through Indiana in our rig until late March at the very earliest.  Disabled plates should already be filtering out.

Interestingly, the samples shown have the "11" year on the plate itself, not as a sticker.  It remains to be seen if that's going to be the case in the field.

One other note:  These plates, as well as the new POW-MIA and Gold Star Family plates now reaching license branches, all display the recycled symbol I mentioned a few months ago.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Truck plates 1994-2008: Changes


Beginning with the 1994 issue (released in 1993), Indiana finally went to a five-year plate replacement cycle for trucks.

The only downside to this is that truck plates tend to get the living daylights beaten out of them, so after five years, they're sometimes pretty rough-looking.

Style notes to mention:  The state name resembles that used on the 1994-98 "Amber Waves of Grain" plate.

Beginning with the 2004-08 issue, truck plates began to follow their passenger counterparts in going flat, although most early plates were still stamped.  My gut feeling is that it's going to be very difficult to find flat truck plates that are worth saving after five years.  They're so thin and flimsy that I can't imagine them holding up that long.