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Grace period extended to July for Montana specialty plates facing revocation

Posted at 3:56 PM, Feb 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-24 19:49:21-05

All of the Montana specialty plates in danger of being revoked under updated Montana law now have until July to reach the minimum number of 400 registered plate sets.

The 85 currently affected nonprofits received a letter from the Montana Motor Vehicle Division outlining the new grace period.

On July 1, the agency will take a new snapshot of registered plates.

The letter states this is a one-time on extension: “If your organization does not meet the 400-plate minimum sales threshold by July 1, 2020, its specialty plate will be revoked. There will be no exceptions and no additional grace periods.”

Motor Vehicle Division Administrator Sarah Garcia told MTN starting in March, a monthly plate snapshot will be available on the agency's website to help nonprofits track their progress.

Garcia believes the online tool will help prevent any surprises for nonprofits and and the public moving forward.

Prickly Pear Land Trust Executive Director Mary Hallow said the grace period and ability to check where they’re at will make reaching the minimum 400 plates more attainable.

Hallow noted it’s still going to be a hard climb for a lot of nonprofits.

“It will definitely be a push for everybody,” said Hallow. “We not only have to meet 400 minimum plates per year, but we really need to exceed that because plate numbers sort of ebb and flow.”

Hallow says the specialty plate programs have been great for people to show what organizations and causes they support.

Many of the nonprofits affected have already started new campaigns on social media and want people to know they can change out their license plates any time of the year.

“I think it is attainable for us, and people will be compelled by this to really get out there and support the nonprofits in our community,” said Hallow. “But it’s really important for us to get as many PPLT plates as possible.”

The full list of specialty plates in danger of being revoked are:

Lewis & Clark Humane Society

Bike Walk Montana

Benefis Mercy Flight

Prickly Pear Land Trust

Mariah's Challenge

Missoula Freestyle Team

Richland Youth Hockey

Richland County

Stafford Animal Shelter

International Christian Cycling Club Montana Spoke

St Jude Thaddeus Catholic School

CMR Partner Inc

Bitterroot Humane Association

Missoula Art Museum

Montana Library Association

Disability Rights of Montana

Capital High School Booster Club

Rotary District 5390 Foundation

Montana Area Agencies on Aging Association

Beaver Booster Club IncRuby Habitat Foundation

Magic City Soccer Club

American Diabetes Association

Whitefish Legacy Partners

Flathead Valley Skiing Foundation

Anaconda Community Foundation

PSIA-NRM Educational Foundation, Inc

Bagdad Temple

Montana Utility Coordinating Council/Montana 811

Missoula Youth Football Inc

Sidney Soccer Association

March of Dimes

Planned Parenthood of Montana

Friends of the Beartooth All American Road Inc.

Central Ed Foundation of Silver Bow

MSU Billings Foundation

Montana CASA Gal Association

Missoula Area Youth Hockey Association

Glacier High School Booster Club

Carroll College Saints Athletic Association

Friends of Beaver Creek Park

Child Bridge

CAN AM Lifeline Search and Rescue

Richland County Ambulance Service/Sidney Health Center

Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter

Montana Swimming Inc

Crime Stoppers

Montana Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation

Flathead High School Booster Club 2014

Montana Masonic FoundationMontana Watershed Coordination Council

Montana Heritage Commission

City of Bozeman

Libby School District Number 4

City of Lewistown

Butte School District

The Tribal Council of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes

City of Shelby

Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians

Crow Tribe Executive Branch

Humane Society of Western Montana

Northwest Healthcare Foundation

Boy Scouts of America, Montana Council


Gallatin Hockey Inc DBA Bozeman Amateur Association

Swan Valley Connections

Algeria Shrine Temple

Alzheimer's Association Montana Chapter

Big Sky Economic Development

Whitefish Historical Society

MT Cutting Horse Association

Brennan's Wave

Department of Montana Veterans of Foreign Wars

Friends of the Wild Swan

Havre Wrestling Club

Friends of Makoshika

Big Sky Education Foundation

Sierra Club

Manhattan Christian School

Browning Public School District Number 9

Great Falls High School

Eureka Public Schools 2018

Billings Catholic Schools

Fort Peck Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes

Blackfeet Tribe