Specialty plates will soon carry $25 charge
Fees on 'Committed to a Cure’ tags will help raise cash for cancer fund
By EMILY ANDERSON
The Colorado breast cancer license plate will soon require a $25 donation.
A new look for the plate will appear no later than Nov. 1. Drivers can opt to swap out their pink
“Committed to a Cure” plate for the new design immediately or wait three years, when all drivers will have to relinquish their pink plates and either switch to another plate or get the new design and start paying the $25 surcharge, which will be optional until 2012.
The money will go to the Eligibility Expansion Account of the Breast and Cervical Prevention and Treatment Fund, where it will help uninsured breast and cervical cancer patients pay for treatment.
The new plate is the first in Colorado to require a donation every year the plate is renewed. If all 28,602 drivers currently registered for the plate get the new design, that would mean $715,050 a year for the fund.
Of the 5.1 million registered plates in Colorado, 35,521 require a donation to an association.
Here’s a look at other Colorado plates that require a donation for each authorizing certificate, plus a $50 fee paid to the state:
• Advancing Clean Energy (Carbon Fund) — $25 to the Governor’s Energy Office via the Climate Fund, or offset 50 percent of the vehicle’s annual emissions beginning July 1, 2011 — 230 plates registered;
• American Indian Scholars — $25 to the Rocky Mountain Indian Chamber of Commerce — 1,706 plates registered;
• Broncos Country — $30 to the Denver Broncos Charities organization — 8,955 plates registered;
• Colorado School of Mines — $50 to Colorado School of Mines Alumni Association — 1,415 plates registered;
• Kids 1st — $30 to the Rocky Mountain Research and Prevention Institute — 909 plates registered;
• Metro State College — $50 to Metro State College of Denver Alumni Association — 877 plates registered;
• Respects Wildlife (Raptor Education Foundation) — $35 to the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program, plus Raptor Education Fund dues — 3,033 plates registered;
• Share the Road — $25 to Bicycle Colorado — 2,977 plates registered;
• Support Education — $20 to Impact on Education Inc. — 618 plates registered;
• Support the Horse — $30 to the Colorado Horse Development Authority — 524 plates registered;
• Support the Troops — $25 to American Military Family — 3,881 plates registered;
• University of Colorado — $50 to CU Alumni Association for association members and $150 for non-members — 9,115 plates registered;
• University of Northern Colorado — $25 to UNC Alumni Association — 1,281 plates registered.