Idaho Reins In Specialty License Plates

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Say goodbye to four of Idaho's specialty license plates.

Because they failed to sell at least 1,000 a year for two years running, the Idaho Department of Transportation is bound by state law to discontinue the plates. Beginning Sunday, July 1, ITD will discontinue the Idaho Historic Preservation plate. And after Saturday, Sept. 1, motorists will no longer be able to purchase plates that promote the Elks Rehabilitation Hospital, Breast Cancer Awareness or the National Rifle Association.

The transportation department offers more than two dozen other specialty plates.

The 2012 Idaho Legislature passed a new law this year, to be effective Jan. 1, 2013, designed to rein in the proliferation of specialty plates. Beginning next year, any new special plates will be limited to state or local agencies and/or foundations that "support the interests of state and/or local government."

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