House Bill 1135 creates 32 new specialty license plates in Florida, authorizes the
election of a permanent registration period and revises presale requirements
Senator Aaron Bean (R-Fernandina Beach) is proud to announce that Governor Ron DeSantis signed House Bill 1135, License Plates by Representative J.W. Grant (R-Tampa), into law. Senator Bean sponsored the Senate companion bill, Senate Bill 412, and crafted language and amendments for the legislation’s passage.
“The bill not only brings meaningful reform to specialty license plates, it will raise millions of dollars for various charities all over Florida,” said Senator Bean. The signing of the bill is the prized reward of multiple legislative sessions of hard work and careful agreements that finally culminated in unanimous ‘Yes’ votes on both the Florida Senate and House floors.
This bill adds 32 new specialty license plates, such as America the Beautiful, Florida Stands with Israel, Walt Disney World, University of Georgia, University of Auburn, University of Alabama, Ducks Unlimited, Daughters of the American Revolution and many more. A process to discontinue lower-performing plates and replace them was included, while increasing the cap on specialty plates to 150. Also contained in the legislation is a requirement that 90% of proceeds go directly to charitable organizations.
“This all began a few years ago with a desire to add a Ducks Unlimited plate, but it soon grew to include the ideas of multiple legislators and organizations that have waited many years to see a plate added, that for them was meaningful enough to put on their vehicles,” said Senator Bean.
HB 1135 is paired with HB 387, which standardizes specialty license plate fees to $25 across the board. Together these bills streamline the process of adding new license plates to help provide revenue streams for worthy state organizations operating charities for all of the people of Florida. The new law took effect October 1, 2020.
Senator Aaron Bean represents District 4, which includes Nassau and parts of Duval Counties. He can be contacted via email at [email protected] or called in his District Office at 904-757-5039. To learn more about his bills, please visit www.flsenate.gov.