State adds 4 new specialty license plates to 200 available

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The state of Minnesota is adding four more specialty license plates to a list of about 200 already available.

Minnesota lawmakers recently approved new tags to celebrate female veterans, retired firefighters, hiking (sales of which would benefit state parks and trails) and golfing (to benefit the Minnesota chapter of the Professional Golfers Association).

The four plates have not yet been designed, the Associated Press notes.

The state has a long list of specialty plates to choose from, a large number of which celebrate military veterans.

Specialty plates cost vehicle owners more than a regular plate, but not a lot more. For an extra $25, car owners can order one of 26 college and university plates, featuring your favorite mascots.

More of a wildlife fan? For an extra $30, you can pick up one of seven critical habitat plates that feature Minnesota outdoor themes (loon, anglers, ladyslipper, etc.).

It was not clear how much the new specialty plates might earn for the state. The new parks and trails plate could net the Department of Natural Resources as much as $250,000 to $500,000 annually, one official told the AP.

Wisconsin makes about $1 million from its specialty plates, a popular one of which celebrates the Green Bay Packers, the Appleton Post Crescent reported.

Across the country, specialty plates run the gamut, from an "Endless Summer" plate in Florida that celebrates surfing to one that displays Predator pride in Tennessee.

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