New Law: No More Cheaper, Permanent License Plates For Charitable, Medical Groups

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Division of Motor Vehicles is ready to winnow permanent license plates the state of North Carolina will keep issuing to local governments and rescue squads, but no longer to orphanages or churches.

The division announced Monday it's complying with a law in which 120,000 permanent plates currently in use must be canceled over the next few months and reissued under new restrictions. The color of the reissued plates will go from silver and black to an orange backing with black letters starting Oct. 15.

Current permanent plate holders will get letters notifying them of changes. Groups retaining permanent plates must pay a one-time $6-per-plate fee. The new law means many vehicles from mostly charitable or medical groups now will have to get traditional, more expensive "First in Flight" plates.

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