This is a simple awareness post that in my opinion, can be very useful for half the countries fire departments at a minimum... Only 43 out of 50 states have the option to purchase specialized fire department vehicle license plates for their personal vehicles. In many cases, money spent for these special license plates are earmarked for specific charities or things designed to help out fallen firefighters families. For those 7 states that do not have a vanity plate for firefighters, I ask why not? Again, this is another way to get both recognition in a quiet / non-emergency lights and whacker looking vehicles kind of a way. And you might be able to help someone out. Just a thought...  

Another option that to be frank, surprised me was the lack of dedicated license plates identifying volunteer firefighters. Only New Mexico appears to have a license plate that is for volunteer firefighters. Considering that the majority of firefighters are volunteer department related, seems to me that this would be appropriate, but that's just my opinion. Chances are, you might not have even thought about it until now... And, maybe folks might not want to be differentiated from volunteer verses full time paid, not that it really matters. What's your opinion?

Bonus Question: Which states do not have firefighter license plates?



The following states (43) have firefighter license plates.

  1. Alabama
  2. Arizona
  3. Arkansas
  4. California
  5. Colorado
  6. Connecticut
  7. Delaware
  8. Florida
  9. Georgia
  10. Hawaii
  11. Idaho
  12. Illinois
  13. Indiana
  14. Iowa
  15. Kentucky
  16. Louisiana
  17. Maryland
  18. Massachusetts
  19. Maine
  20. Maryland
  21. Michigan
  22. Minnesota
  23. Mississippi
  24. Montana
  25. New Jersey
  26. New Mexico
  27. New York
  28. Nevada
  29. North Carolina
  30. Ohio
  31. Oklahoma
  32. Oregon
  33. Pennsylvania
  34. South Carolina
  35. South Dakota
  36. Tennessee
  37. Texas
  38. Utah
  39. Virginia
  40. Washington
  41. West Virginia
  42. Wisconsin
  43. Wyoming

There is of course a chance that my research was not exactly thorough. I admit it right up front, but this is as good as I can do without additional input from others. Please let me know if your state is already providing the option for firefighters to purchase firefighter vanity plates.




Note: Thank you "PL8MAN" Buddy Harris!  Please note that Buddy is trying to complete his collection of fire department license plates for real...   Click here to see more license plates, but none of the ones that are still missing from this discussion post.

Updated: April 10, 2010

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With a price tage like that, I'll leave the truck inmy wife's name and leave it registered in New Hampshire (she's still Active Duty Army) where our annual tag fee is $10, and no Ad-Valorum tax.

Vermont, actually does have a fire fighter tag available.

It looks like a decal slapped on a regular tag.

CB - how many more photos can you add before the thread explodes? We quickly running out of space for posts :D
correct me if im wrong but i didn't see Missouri on the list but Missouri has one i have it on my truck but at a cost of 110.00 for 2 yrs my wife wont let me get them on my car 2 so ya
I actually think it is, but for an extra one time extra $10 fee what do you expect?
LoL...fair enough!

Lets tell them what really happened. There was a push to get firefighter plates in Washington, when the council heard about it, they stifled it by pressure in the capital. The council didn't want lowly volunteers to be allowed a plate. Any firefighter (part-paid, retired, admin or whatever) should be allowed a plate. The councils main argument was that you could not keep track of part-paid if they left a dept. and were no longer firefighters. But let's face it, it came down to ego, power and money.
I give you his last sentence as proof!!
If having a license plate that announces to everyone that you're a firefighter is that important then you might be in it for all the wrong reasons. Then again, there's always the IAVFF stickers.
I’m not from Oregon but I looked at the plate and it says it is available to anyone. Also I am a Volunteer and my dept is just as “Professional” as any dept I have seen and I'm sure there are many more like us out there.
I wish Florida had a volunteer plate!
oh yeah!!

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