Fifty-Fifth Legislature, First Regular Session




empowering today's youth special plates


Establishes empowering today's youth special license plates and the Empowering Today's Youth Special Plate Fund (Fund).


The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) Motor Vehicle Division provides one license plate to every motor vehicle owner for each vehicle registered (A.R.S. 28-2351). ADOT is required to issue or renew special license plates in lieu of regular license plates under specified conditions and procedures (A.R.S. 28-2403). The fee for obtaining or renewing a special license plate is $25 (A.R.S. 28-2402 ). Of the $25 fee, $8 is an administration fee that ADOT deposits in the State Highway Fund (SHF) and $17 is a donation to a specific organization.

There is no anticipated fiscal impact to the state General Fund associated with this legislation.


1.   Requires ADOT to issue empowering today's youth special plates if, by December 31, 2021, a $32,000 implementation fee is paid to ADOT.

2.   Requires the person paying the $32,000 implementation fee to design empowering today's youth special plates, subject to approval by ADOT.

3.   Allows the Director of ADOT (Director) to combine a request for an empowering today's youth special plate with a request for a personalized special plate.

4.   Specifies that a combined request is required to be submitted on a form prescribed by the Director and is subject to the fees for both the empowering today's youth special plate and personalized license plate.

5.   Specifies that, of the $25 fee required to obtain or renew an empowering today's youth special plate, $8 is an administration fee and $17 is an annual donation.

6.   Requires ADOT to deposit all empowering today's youth special plate administration fees in the SHF and all remaining monies into the Fund.

7.   Establishes the Fund which is to be administered by the Director.

8.   Requires the first $32,000 in the Fund to be reimbursed to the person who paid the initial implementation fee.

9.   Prohibits more than 10 percent of monies in the Fund from being used for administration costs.

10.  Requires the Director to annually allocate monies from the Fund, excluding administrative fees, to a youth development organization of the land grant university system in Arizona that meets outlined requirements.

11.  Provides additional requirements that must be met by an entity to receive monies from the Fund.

12.  Requires the State Treasurer to invest and divest monies in the Fund and monies earned from investment to be credited to the Fund.

13.  Makes technical and conforming changes.

14.  Becomes effective on the general effective date.

Prepared by Senate Research

January 27, 2021