For immediate release: May 29, 2009
Posted by: [BMV]
Contact: Dennis Rosebrough
Phone: (317) 233-5323

2010 Special Group Recognition Plates Selected

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) today announced the selection of four special group recognition license plates for 2010: Autism Society of Indiana, INCASA, Indiana Blood Center, and Rolling Thunder POW-MIA.

The four were selected among 14 applications received by the March 31, 2009, deadline. Each application was evaluated on criteria that included:

According to BMV Commissioner Andy Miller, each organization was found to be a solid asset and valuable service provider to the state or a particular community or constituency, but only four met all established criteria.

The BMV currently offers its customers a choice of 77 different license plate designs, 66 of which charge a group fee that benefits worthwhile causes and organizations.

The growth in the number of specialty plates in the past has placed an undue burden on law enforcement and created administrative and inventory challenges for the BMV, according to Miller.

As a result, the BMV has reviewed the program seeking ways to eliminate the challenges for law enforcement and the BMV and to ultimately allow more groups to participate in the program, including:

Miller said the BMV approved a small number of new plates this year in order to test the program enhancements above. If successful, modifications will be made to the current criteria, which will allow the BMV to accept more plates into the program for 2011 plate cycle. One change will include strengthening criteria to demonstrate ability to market any new plate to ensure robust sales.

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