License plates

Ronald Reagan Centennial Foundation

There are more than 120 specialty license plates in Florida, and some Florida lawmakers are hoping to add several more to that list. It includes a “President Ronald Reagan” license plate that will also go toward helping fight the disease he had in the latter years of his life.

A new law will now expand the eligibility of those who want to have a Gold Star License plate. The aim is to allow more members of the family to recognize their loved one who died in combat. 

A bill raising the cost of Florida’s wildflower specialty license plates recently got Governor Rick Scott’s veto. But, fans of the flora say they may be back again next year.

In his veto letter, Governor Scott said although buying a specialty plate is voluntary, Floridians who want to demonstrate their support for the state’s natural beauty should “not be subjected to the cost increases sought by the bill.” But, that caught Lobbyist Susan Goldstein with the Florida Wildlife Foundation by surprise.

“We were stunned that it was vetoed,” said Goldstein.

Floridians now have the opportunity to vote on their favorite license plate design online. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is asking residents to do their part to upgrade Florida’s tags.

Residents can choose between four designs. And, Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Spokeswoman Kirsten Olsen-Doolan says a panel of about 20 people, ranging from law enforcement officers to tax collectors, helped to design the new plates.

A proposal to change Florida’s license plates is now on hold, after the state’s tax collectors raised concerns about the distribution of the new tags.  The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles recently tabled the issue, and it’s hoping to hash out a proposal to make sure the redesign of the plates is something everyone wants.

Sascha Cordner

Florida could be losing at least $4 million a year in fines because the state’s license plates are too hard to read. The Florida Department of Motor Vehicles had planned to address the problem through a redesign of the tags. But, opposition from the state’s tax collectors caused the department to reassess the proposal at a Cabinet meeting Tuesday.