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BMV Prepping Process For New Specialty Plates

7/30/2013


(Left to Right) Chief Legal Counsel Elizabeth Murphy and BMV Commissioner Scott Waddell (WIBC.com photo: Mike Corbin)

The Indiana BMV will begin accepting new applications for specialty license plates under new, tighter state rules Thursday.

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BMV Commissioner R. Scott Waddell and Chief Legal Counsel Elizabeth Murphy testified before the first meeting of the Special Group Recognition License Plate Committee in the Indiana Statehouse Tuesday. One of the rules requires groups to sell 500 specialty plates per year or face probation and possible termination from the program. Murphy says the new application for specialty plates will be available Thursday.

However, she adds new applications for plates received between August 1st and the deadline, April 1, 2014 are under consideration for 2015 plates. She says due to legislative moratorium, they could not issue new plates until 2015. State Rep. Ed Soliday says the rules will also be retroactive back to 2003 as old plates come up for renewal. Soliday says it's part of their effort to create fairness and uniformity.

This all comes after the Indiana Youth Group, which helps gay teenagers, lost its right to have a specialty plate, but later regained it following a legal battle. The committee is set to meet again. No word yet on when they meet again.

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