|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||August 9, 2013|
CARSON CITY – Specialty license plates for the Air Force Thunderbirds and Nevada Health Centers will be available for purchase at Nevada DMV metro offices on Aug. 12 and rural offices by Aug. 15. The specialty plates will cost an initial $61 and $30 for renewal. The organizations will receive $25 from the initial issue and $20 from renewals.
The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron was originally formed in 1953 at Luke AFB in Arizona. They were then known as the "Star Dusters." Their plate is stamped with the two-letter "SD" designation, pointing to the team's origin. Since 1956 the team has been based at Nellis AFB, Nevada. The plate design features the squadron's famous red, white and blue F-16 Fighting Falcons often seen over the skies of Las Vegas in their signature "Delta" formation. Proceeds from the license plate sales will support the Nevada State Veterans Home.
"Las Vegas has a huge veteran and retiree population," said Lt. Col. Greg Moseley, Thunderbirds commander. "It feels good for us to celebrate our 60-year history while giving back to those who have supported us for so many decades."
The Nevada Health Centers plate will support the organization’s Mammovan, which travels in each of Nevada’s 17 counties to provide mammograms to uninsured women and those who do not have such screening nearby.
Specialty license plates are approved by the Nevada Commission on Special License Plates. There is currently a cap of 35 specialty license plates that can be active at any time. There are currently 16 organizations on the waiting list for specialty license plates.
“Specialty license plates provide a way for the general population to support these charities and show their support by having the organization’s plate on their vehicle,” said DMV Director Troy Dillard.