Equality License Plate for Virginia Just a GA Vote And 450 Preorders Away
Equality Virginia has announced their campaign for an equality-themed license plate has hit the next step in the legal process and will be presented before the Virginia House of Reps in the 2014 General Assembly. But it’s not a guarantee yet – even if the plate is approved, they need 450 prepaid applications for the plates to get everything okayed by the DMV.
“One way of showing communities across the commonwealth that you care about LGBT equality is to sign up for an equality license plate,” says a statement on the Equality Virginia website. “A number of Equality Virginia supporters have shown an interested for an equality plate. As a result, we are working with legislators to pass a bill this session that will give Virginians the option to put an equality license plate on their car.”
The plate is yet to have a confirmed design, but it should be released to the public soon. Either way, purchasing one of these plates is about showing support for equality here in Virginia, and at $25, it’s a bargain. HB 103 is the bill that aims to authorize “the issuance of revenue-sharing special license plates for supporters of Equality Virginia.”
It’s chief patron is D -Delegate K. Rob Krupicka from Alexandria’s 45th House District. Krupicka said he’d been in talks with Equality Virginia over the last year to help support the fight for equality in Virginia in the legislature. “We said we’d be happy to help.” said Krupicka.
“I think VA has a history of allowing to really express who they are through their license plates,” said Krupicka. “I think equality issues deserve to get the same treatment as a number of other issues that are represented on license plates and folks in VA should have the opportunity to show they believe in equality.”
While the current LIS listing shows this license plate as an individual bill, once it gets through committee hearings, the bill should be lumped together with the rest of proposed license plates this year. As for the possible success of this plate in the GA, Krupicka sounded hopeful, saying license plate bills usually make it through the GA pretty easily. “We’re gonna do our best to make sure it happens this time.”
And it seems there is little push back from at least one Republican delegate. In September of this year, GayRVA spoke with Del. John O’Bannon, (R)- Richmond who introduced the “Don’t Tread on Me” license plate in support for the Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Inc., and the James River Park System.
O’bannon said at the time he’d be glad to look at the bill and support it if “he thought it was reasonable.” “I don’t think I’ve ever voted against a specialty license plate,” said O’bannon.
If and when the GA passes this bill and the DMV allows the plate, it will still be a while before your new plates arrive. Equality Virginia said you shouldn’t expect your plate to come until 9 months after the legal process finishes.
As with many of VA’s plates that support non-profit activities, a portion of the proceeds from purchasing an Equality Virginia plate will go to Equality Virginia. After 1000 equality plates are purchased, EV will get $10 from each future purchase.
To get your equality plate, here is what you need to do:
1. Fill out this application from the DMV, with “Equality Virginia” in the special interest field.
Click here for a sample. Email, fax or mail your completed application to Equality Virginia.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fax: 804.643.1554
- Mail: P.O. Box 17860, Richmond VA 23226
2. Click here to submit your online payment of $25 (or $35 if you want to get a personalized license plate). If you’d prefer to send us a check, please mail your check, written out to Equality Virginia, and include it with your application.
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