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.†
† 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
Brain about your request. I know it will be a while in Maryland. We have been using the same tags for years because they keep renewing them. The one thing is that the state requires that if you change tags or have them removed from your vehicle you have to turn in the tags.
When the state decides to design a new tag and start to issue them then we won't have to worry about turning in tags.
Vermont does have firefighter plates.