• Why are we doing this?
    The Arc of North Central Virginia is sponsoring this new license plate both to help raise awareness of Down syndrome, and to create an opportunity to directly benefit individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families.  We initially need 450 pre-paid applications by the end of 2016 in order for this plate to be offered, then our goal will continue to reach 1,000+ state-wide license plate registrations enabling this plate to become revenue-sharing.  At that point, for every $25 the DMV receives from this plate, $15 will be shared with the Arc of NCV on an annual basis!  That's REAL MONEY for REAL PROGRAMS directly benefiting individuals with I/DD!!

  • How does your purchase support the Arc of North Central Va?
    Once there are 1,000 active registrations with this license plate (our ultimate goal), for every $25 the DMV receives related to this plate (purchases and renewals), $15 will be returned to the Arc of North Central Virginia ANNUALLY for grant and other advocacy programs directly benefiting individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

  • When do you absolutely have to have my application?
    Our current deadline is the end of 2018.

  • Does the cost of this new special plate include my vehicle registration fees?
    No, your registration fees are not included during the new plate development process. You must renew your current vehicle registration with the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles when it is due. After the DMV issues your new plate, the plate fee will be included in your next vehicle registration renewal.

  • Can I still get this plate if I just renewed my registration and plates?
    Yes. Pre-ordering this plate has no effect on your current registration and plate purchase/renewal. If approved, your pre-order won't be processed by the DMV until mid to late 2019. When that occurs, the DMV will adjust your account accordingly.

  • How will I receive my new plates?
    DMV will mail your new plates to the address on your DMV customer record. If you changed your address, please contact DMV to update your customer record. Your order will include one set of plates – one for the front and back of your vehicle, year and month decals, and a new vehicle registration card.

  • What should I do with my old plates?
    Upon receipt of your new license plates, please return your old ones to any DMV location. Also, if your plate number has changed, be sure to notify your insurance company of your new vehicle plate information and update your EZ-Pass account, if you have one.

  • When can I expect my new license plate?
    The turnaround time for a new license plate issued in Virginia is 9 months after it becomes law (July 1). Therefore, new plates should be ready for shipping to applicants by Spring of 2020.

  • What happens if the plate is not approved? If there are unforeseen circumstances and the plate is not approved by the General Assembly, we will continue this campaign until it is approved. If the campaign ultimately ends without the plate moving forward, all applicants will be contacted about refunds.


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