Specialty, or "vanity," license plates are nothing new, and pending the governor's signature a Florida bill is about to usher in the age of vanity driver's licenses. Among a deep wade through the arcana of 2012 state bill CS/CS/HB 1223 – Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, one finds the removal of prohibitions on honking your horns on the highway and flashing your high beams, and this: "The department may issue to any applicant qualified pursuant to s. 322.14, F.S., a specialty driver license or identification card upon payment of the $25 fee."

Florida offers a magnificent number of specialty license plates, but its specialty driver's license program would get off to a start with, "at a minimum... state and independent universities domiciled in Florida, all Florida professional sports teams designated in s. 320.08058(9)(a), F.S., and all branches of the United States military." From there it's only a matter of time before there's a hospice service or a manatee helping you rent a car or get into a bar every time you whip out your ID.

The bill passed unanimously in both houses of the Florida legislature. In an odd note, the bill declares that the vanity ID provision will be repealed on August 31, 2016, so get in while the window's open. The bill also redefines what a "swamp buggy" is and adds an additional exemption for dead motorists who have received red light camera citations... because, you know, it's Florida.


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      Kip
      • 1 Year Ago
      So they're talking about issuing vanity licenses, as in your driver's license / legal ID? That should create no problems when using them airports and bars outside of Florida. [/s]
      Eddie Dwyer
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is about vanity drivers licenses, not plates.
      Dark Gnat
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's nice, but who is Sam Ple? ;)
        Drakkon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dark Gnat
        His address is 123 Main Street Anytown USA. His credit card number is 1234 5678 9012 3456
      Seminole
      • 1 Year Ago
      I foresee this leading to problems with the TSA and out of state bouncers at nightclubs/bars who won't believe it's a real license.
      vizcarmb
      • 1 Year Ago
      Man I cant believe Bruce Jenner has stumped this low
      sanmusa
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why do we need so many plates? They should have three or four basic state designs and do away with all the special ones.
      Gregg Alley
      • 1 Year Ago
      South Carolina has more than 100 vanity plates available. Personalized plates are $15 per year. Specialty plates are $35 per year, with the additional $20 going directly to the organization represented.
      ga7smi
      • 1 Year Ago
      we have had these in MN for a long time - good for a laugh
        Drakkon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ga7smi
        You've had Florida plates in Minnesota? I bet that causes confusion.
      Duck
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would so get a special olympics plate, but only if it featured the "arguing on the internet is like the special olympics" meme photo! :D I don't understand why vanity plates in Texas are so expensive. To get yourself a simple letter arrangement of your choosing is $700. In the digital age, this makes absolutely no sense to me, and I would think they would make a lot more money if vanity plates were more common and only $50-100.
        dukeisduke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Duck
        It's a big money maker for the state, and MyPlates.com. It's become a racket. I can remember when personalized plates cost a whopping 10 bucks over the renewal fee. But back then, they didn't have a zillion different plates to offer.
      alcameron78
      • 1 Year Ago
      It,s all about the Money , If it will generate funds it will get passed. Florida has more specialty license plates and then you can request a special word or number for more money. Why not offer specialty drivers license ID's More money, More Money. Where does this all stop?
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