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Nine Colorado License Plates in Fear of Getting the Axe

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Several Colorado license plates are facing the same fate as Disco. They may soon disappear from the face of the Earth. Which plates face extinction, and what can be done about it?

Did you know as a Coloradan you have 88 license plates to choose from? You can select from plates ranging from your favorite sports teams, Girl Scouts, pioneer plates, various colleges and universities, and even World War II plates.

It just so happens Gov. Hickenlooper signed a bill last Tuesday establishing the Pueblo Chili license plate. That particular option will become available in January 2018.

How does one establish a design for a Colorado plate? According to 9News, the process works like this:

  • Groups go to state lawmakers with proposed concept for license plate
  • Lawmakers drafts a bill which specifies a minimum registration requirement
  • Lawmakers specify a date when DMV can begin issuing the plate
  • Lawmakers establish a deadline to reach the required number of plates
  • Group looking to establish the design is responsible for the plate’s design costs
  • 3,000 people must register for the plate by the end of the grace period. If required number is met, the plate is retired. (One exception to this rule would be military plates. They need no guaranteed number. Colleges only need 500.)

So, which plates are currently staring down the barrel?

  • Colorado Avalanche
  • Support Education
  • Carbon Fund
  • Child Loss Awareness
  • Fort Lewis
  • Support the Horse
  • Kids First
  • Craig Hospital
  • State Parks

The plates above must hit the goal of 3,000 by July 2017 or they will go the way of the Dodo. Another five plates have missed their first deadline and have been given a “grace year” in which to meet their numbers:

  • Colorado Rockies
  • Girl Scouts
  • Protect Our Rivers
  • Flight For Life
  • Fallen Heroes

If you see any license plates on the list above which you might enjoy having on your vehicle, you might want to put a wiggle in it and gets yours now. Every one of them is in jeopardy.

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