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Rs 47:463.31 Special College And University License Plates

§463.31. Special college and university license plates

A. Upon the request of any public college or university in Louisiana or any other

institution pursuant to Subsection H of this Section, the secretary of the Department of Public

Safety and Corrections shall establish special prestige motor vehicle license plates for such

institution. The license plates shall be restricted to passenger cars, pick-up trucks, vans, and

recreational vehicles. The license plate shall be of a color and design selected by the

institution requesting issuance of the prestige plate and shall bear the name of the institution.

No institution shall request any change to the design or color of the license plates within a

five-year period from the date of acceptance of a specific color and design.

B.(1) The prestige license plates shall be issued, upon application, to any citizen of

Louisiana in the same manner as any other motor vehicle license plate. The applicant shall

designate his institutional preference.

(2) Application for college or university special prestige license plate constitutes

prior written consent and instruction by the applicant to the department to provide his name,

address, and birth date to the university designated by the applicant. The secretary shall

ensure that the application for the plate includes a statement granting such consent.

C. An annual fee of fifty-one dollars shall be paid to the institution for each license

plate issued as provided in this Section.

D. The tax for the plate shall be the standard motor vehicle license tax imposed by

Louisiana Constitution Article VII, Section 5.

E. The department shall collect the annual fee required by Subsection C of this

Section for each license plate. The department shall retain one dollar from each annual fee

to offset administrative costs. The remainder of the fee shall be forwarded to the specific

institution for which such license plate is designated. The amount forwarded to the

designated institution shall be deemed to be a charitable donation to that institution by the


F. The secretary shall establish such rules and regulations as are necessary to

implement the provisions of this Section, including but not limited to rules and regulations

governing the collection and disbursement of fees, the transfer and disposition of such

license plates, the colors available, and the design criteria.

G.(1) The monies received from the fees by each respective institution shall be used

solely for academic or financial need-based scholarships for that participating institution.

(2)(a) The management board of each participating institution shall be responsible

for disbursing the funds and for establishing the scholarship program.

(b) The president or chancellor of each university, or his designee, shall be

responsible for establishing the procedures and criteria for awarding scholarships under this


H. Upon the signing of a contract authorizing the use of the logo of any regionally

accredited independent college or university, the secretary of the Department of Public Safety

and Corrections shall establish prestige motor vehicle license plates for that college or

university in accordance with the provisions of this Section. This contract shall include an

agreement on the part of each institution to use the fees as provided in Subsection G of this


I. The special license plates authorized by this Section shall not be subject to the

design requirements provided for by R.S. 47:463(A)(3).

J. In the event the motor vehicle registration system of the office of motor vehicles

is re-engineered, or other technology is otherwise made available to the office of motor

vehicles, that would allow for the issuance of personalized special college and university

license plates by the office of motor vehicles, then upon the promulgation of rules by the

department providing for issuance of a personalized prestige plate under the provisions of

this Section, an applicant may request such plate at no additional cost to the applicant above

the annual fee as provided in this Section and the annual vehicle registration license tax as

provided in R.S. 47:451 et seq.

Acts 1991, No. 1015, §1; Acts 1992, No. 339, §1, eff. June 17, 1992; Acts 1992, No.

1107, §1, eff. July 14, 1992; Acts 2008, No. 378, §1; Acts 2016, No. 660, §1.

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John Bel Edwards
John Bel Edwards
January 11, 2016 -
900 North 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA, 70802