Superseded 10/15/2020)

Superseded 10/15/2020
41-1a-418.  Authorized special group license plates.

(1)  The division shall only issue special group license plates in accordance with this section through Section 41-1a-422 to a person who is specified under this section within the categories listed as follows:

Terms Used In Utah Code 41-1a-418

  • Amateur radio operator: means a person licensed by the Federal Communications Commission to engage in private and experimental two-way radio operation on the amateur band radio frequencies. See Utah Code 41-1a-102
  • Appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
  • Division: means the Motor Vehicle Division of the commission, created in Section 41-1a-106. See Utah Code 41-1a-102
  • Farm truck: means a truck used by the owner or operator of a farm solely for the owner's or operator's own use in the transportation of:
(i) farm products, including livestock and its products, poultry and its products, floricultural and horticultural products;
(ii) farm supplies, including tile, fence, and any other thing or commodity used in agricultural, floricultural, horticultural, livestock, and poultry production; and
(iii) livestock, poultry, and other animals and things used for breeding, feeding, or other purposes connected with the operation of a farm. See Utah Code 41-1a-102
  • Guardian: includes a person who:Utah Code 68-3-12.5
  • Motor vehicle: means a self-propelled vehicle intended primarily for use and operation on the highways. See Utah Code 41-1a-102
  • Motorcycle: means :
    (a) a motor vehicle having a saddle for the use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground; or
    (b) an autocycle. See Utah Code 41-1a-102
  • Owner: means a person, other than a lienholder, holding title to a vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor whether or not the vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor is subject to a security interest. See Utah Code 41-1a-102
  • Person: means :Utah Code 68-3-12.5
  • Registration: means a document issued by a jurisdiction that allows operation of a vehicle or vessel on the highways or waters of this state for the time period for which the registration is valid and that is evidence of compliance with the registration requirements of the jurisdiction. See Utah Code 41-1a-102
  • Special group license plate: means a type of license plate designed for a particular group of people or a license plate authorized and issued by the division in accordance with Section 41-1a-418. See Utah Code 41-1a-102
  • Special interest vehicle: means a vehicle used for general transportation purposes and that is:
    (i) 20 years or older from the current year; or
    (ii) a make or model of motor vehicle recognized by the division director as having unique interest or historic value. See Utah Code 41-1a-102
  • State: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes a state, district, or territory of the United States. See Utah Code 68-3-12.5
  • United States: includes each state, district, and territory of the United States of America. See Utah Code 68-3-12.5
  • Vehicle: includes a motor vehicle, trailer, semitrailer, off-highway vehicle, camper, park model recreational vehicle, manufactured home, and mobile home. See Utah Code 41-1a-102
  • Veteran: means an individual who:Utah Code 68-3-12.5
  • Vintage vehicle: means the same as that term is defined in Section 41-21-1. See Utah Code 41-1a-102
  • (a)  disability special group license plates issued in accordance with Section 41-1a-420;

    (b)  honor special group license plates, as in a war hero, which plates are issued for a:

    (i)  survivor of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor;

    (ii)  former prisoner of war;

    (iii)  recipient of a Purple Heart;

    (iv)  disabled veteran;

    (v)  recipient of a gold star award issued by the United States Secretary of Defense; or

    (vi)  recipient of a campaign or combat theater award determined by the Department of Veterans and Military Affairs;

    (c)  unique vehicle type special group license plates, as for historical, collectors value, or other unique vehicle type, which plates are issued for:

    (i)  a special interest vehicle;

    (ii)  a vintage vehicle;

    (iii)  a farm truck; or

    (iv) 

    (A)  until Subsection (1)(c)(iv)(B) or (4) applies, a vehicle powered by clean fuel as defined in Section 59-13-102; or

    (B)  beginning on the effective date of rules made by the Department of Transportation authorized under Subsection 41-6a-702(5)(b) and until Subsection (4) applies, a vehicle powered by clean fuel that meets the standards established by the Department of Transportation in rules authorized under Subsection 41-6a-702(5)(b);

    (d)  recognition special group license plates, which plates are issued for:

    (i)  a current member of the Legislature;

    (ii)  a current member of the United States Congress;

    (iii)  a current member of the National Guard;

    (iv)  a licensed amateur radio operator;

    (v)  a currently employed, volunteer, or retired firefighter until June 30, 2009;

    (vi)  an emergency medical technician;

    (vii)  a current member of a search and rescue team;

    (viii)  a current honorary consulate designated by the United States Department of State;

    (ix)  an individual supporting commemoration and recognition of women’s suffrage;

    (x)  an individual supporting a fraternal, initiatic order for those sharing moral and metaphysical ideals, and designed to teach ethical and philosophical matters of brotherly love, relief, and truth; or

    (xi)  an individual supporting the Utah Wing of the Civil Air Patrol; or

    (e)  support special group license plates, as for a contributor to an institution or cause, which plates are issued for a contributor to:

    (i)  an institution’s scholastic scholarship fund;

    (ii)  the Division of Wildlife Resources;

    (iii)  the Department of Veterans and Military Affairs;

    (iv)  the Division of Parks and Recreation;

    (v)  the Department of Agriculture and Food;

    (vi)  the Guardian Ad Litem Services Account and the Children’s Museum of Utah;

    (vii)  the Boy Scouts of America;

    (viii)  spay and neuter programs through No More Homeless Pets in Utah;

    (ix)  the Boys and Girls Clubs of America;

    (x)  Utah public education;

    (xi)  programs that provide support to organizations that create affordable housing for those in severe need through the Division of Real Estate;

    (xii)  the Department of Public Safety;

    (xiii)  programs that support Zion National Park;

    (xiv)  beginning on July 1, 2009, programs that provide support to firefighter organizations;

    (xv)  programs that promote bicycle operation and safety awareness;

    (xvi)  programs that conduct or support cancer research;

    (xvii)  programs that create or support autism awareness;

    (xviii)  programs that create or support humanitarian service and educational and cultural exchanges;

    (xix)  until September 30, 2017, programs that conduct or support prostate cancer awareness, screening, detection, or prevention;

    (xx)  programs that support and promote adoptions;

    (xxi)  programs that create or support civil rights education and awareness;

    (xxii)  programs that support issues affecting women and children through an organization affiliated with a national professional men’s basketball organization;

    (xxiii)  programs that strengthen youth soccer, build communities, and promote environmental sustainability through an organization affiliated with a professional men’s soccer organization;

    (xxiv)  programs that support children with heart disease;

    (xxv)  programs that support the operation and maintenance of the Utah Law Enforcement Memorial;

    (xxvi)  programs that provide assistance to children with cancer;

    (xxvii)  programs that promote leadership and career development through agricultural education;

    (xxviii)  the Utah State Historical Society;

    (xxix)  programs to transport veterans to visit memorials honoring the service and sacrifices of veterans; or

    (xxx)  programs that promote motorcycle safety awareness.
  • (2) 

    (a)  The division may not issue a new type of special group license plate or decal unless the division receives:

    (i) 

    (A)  a private donation for the start-up fee established under Section 63J-1-504 for the production and administrative costs of providing the new special group license plates or decals; or

    (B)  a legislative appropriation for the start-up fee provided under Subsection (2)(a)(i)(A); and

    (ii)  beginning on January 1, 2012, and for the issuance of a support special group license plate authorized in Section 41-1a-422, at least 500 completed applications for the new type of support special group license plate or decal to be issued with all fees required under this part for the support special group license plate or decal issuance paid by each applicant.

    (b) 

    (i)  Beginning on January 1, 2012, each participating organization shall collect and hold applications for support special group license plates or decals authorized in Section 41-1a-422 on or after January 1, 2012, until it has received at least 500 applications.

    (ii)  Once a participating organization has received at least 500 applications, it shall submit the applications, along with the necessary fees, to the division for the division to begin working on the design and issuance of the new type of support special group license plate or decal to be issued.

    (iii)  Beginning on January 1, 2012, the division may not work on the issuance or design of a new support special group license plate or decal authorized in Section 41-1a-422 until the applications and fees required under this Subsection (2) have been received by the division.

    (iv)  The division shall begin issuance of a new support special group license plate or decal authorized in Section 41-1a-422 on or after January 1, 2012, no later than six months after receiving the applications and fees required under this Subsection (2).

    (c) 

    (i)  Beginning on July 1, 2009, the division may not renew a motor vehicle registration of a motor vehicle that has been issued a firefighter recognition special group license plate unless the applicant is a contributor as defined in Subsection 41-1a-422(1)(a)(ii)(D) to the Firefighter Support Restricted Account.

    (ii)  A registered owner of a vehicle that has been issued a firefighter recognition special group license plate prior to July 1, 2009, upon renewal of the owner’s motor vehicle registration shall:

    (A)  be a contributor to the Firefighter Support Restricted Account as required under Subsection (2)(c)(i); or

    (B)  replace the firefighter recognition special group license plate with a new license plate.

    (3)  Beginning on July 1, 2011, if a support special group license plate or decal type authorized in Section 41-1a-422 and issued on or after January 1, 2012, has fewer than 500 license plates issued each year for a three consecutive year time period that begins on July 1, the division may not issue that type of support special group license plate or decal to a new applicant beginning on January 1 of the following calendar year after the three consecutive year time period for which that type of support special group license plate or decal has fewer than 500 license plates issued each year.

    (4)  Beginning on July 1, 2011, the division may not issue to an applicant a unique vehicle type license plate for a vehicle powered by clean fuel under Subsection (1)(c)(iv).

    (5) 

    (a)  Beginning on October 1, 2017, the division may not issue a new prostate cancer support special group license plate.

    (b)  A registered owner of a vehicle that has been issued a prostate cancer support special group license plate before October 1, 2017, may renew the owner’s motor vehicle registration, with the contribution allocated as described in Section 41-1a-422.

    Amended by Chapter 120, 2020 General Session
    Amended by Chapter 322, 2020 General Session
    Amended by Chapter 405, 2020 General Session
    Amended by Chapter 38, 2019 General Session
    Amended by Chapter 127, 2019 General Session
    Amended by Chapter 213, 2019 General Session
    Amended by Chapter 392, 2019 General Session

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