Covering Kentucky

Apr 27, 2013 4:29 PM

Ky. Offers Variety Of License Plates

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky offers a wide variety of license plates to motorists.

The Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/15eQtd1)reports that beyond the standard issue plates that say "Unbridled Sprit" or "In God We Trust," the state offers dozens of other options.

While standard-issue plates are on 76 percent of vehicles, the two most popular specialty plates according to data from the state Transportation Cabinet are Nature and Friends of Coal.

There are more than 46,000 Nature plates, which support the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund and more than 43,000 Friends of Coal plates, which supports the group Friends of Coal Kentucky.

Popular specialty plates, which are becoming more common across the state, include the following:

-Nature: 46,564. A series of three plates showing a butterfly, cardinal or wildcat supports the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund. Costs: $31 initial, $31 renewal. Of the fees, $10 goes to the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund. The donation is not optional.

-Friends of Coal: 43,003. The black plate takes its appearance from the natural resource and supports Friends of Coal Kentucky. (There are an additional 2,395 Friends of Coal motorcycle plates.) Costs: $44 initial, $31 renewal. Includes an optional $10 donation to the organization.

-University of Kentucky: 25,533. The plate supports UK's scholarship fund. Costs: $56 initial, $31 renewal. Of the fees, $10 goes to the university. The donation is not optional.

-Kentucky Horse Council: 24,359. The plate supports the Kentucky Horse Council. Costs: $44 initial, $26 renewal. Includes an optional $10 donation to the organization from initial plates and $5 from renewed plates.

-Breast cancer awareness: 24,057. The plate supports the Kentucky Breast Cancer Research and Education Trust Fund, which is administered by the state Department for Public Health. Costs: $44 initial, $31 renewal. Includes an optional $10 donation to the fund.

-University of Louisville: 19,318. The plate supports the university's scholarship fund. Costs: $56 initial, $31 renewal. Of the fees, $10 goes to the university. The donation is not optional.

-Pets: 13,486. The plate promotes spaying or neutering pets and supports programs administered by the Department of Agriculture. Costs: $31 initial, $26 renewal. Of the fees, $10 from initial plates and $5 from renewed plates goes to the fund. The donation is not optional.

-Sportsmen: 12,421. The plate supports the League of Kentucky Sportsmen, a group of hunters and anglers. Costs: $44 initial, $31 renewal. Includes an optional $10 donation to the organization.

- Law enforcement: 11,098. The plate supports the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation. Costs: $44 initial, $31 renewal. Of the fees, $10 goes to the organization. The donation is not optional.

- 'Share the Road': 8,102. The plate advocates running and bicycling and supports Share the Road Kentucky. Costs: $44 initial, $31 renewal. Includes an optional $10 donation to the organization.

There are several other specialty plates offered to motorists, though they aren't as popular and some are limited to certain professions - such as firefighters - or memberships - such as the Kentucky Colonels plate.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com

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