Meet Alabama’s newest specialty license plates—Alabama Audubon and United Ability

Alabama Audubon
Look out for this license plate supporting our birds. Photo via Alabama Audubon

Alabama, look out for new specialty license plates while driving. Rare to spot, and even harder to get, these license plates help support Alabama organizations, like Alabama Audubon and United Ability.

2 new specialty tags added this year

Specialty License Plate
License plate art by UAB Bloom Studio. Photo via Alabama Audubon

Specialty license plates represent Alabama organizations by placing their logos or specialty artwork on a license plate for everyone to see. So far, only Alabama Audubon and United Ability have met the pre-commitment requirement for the license plates for the August 1, 2020, to October 31, 2021 window. Pre-commitment for these two organizations is now closed.

250+ people are required to commit to a specialty license plate with a logo, like United Ability’s. 1000+ people are required for ones with specialty artwork, like Alabama Audubon’s created by UAB Bloom Studio. Both cost the same $50.

Now that these plates have been approved by the state, those who pre-committed will receive an email from the state with a voucher to redeem your plate when production starts in 3–4 months. Watch in the next few months for these specialty plates to be available at your DMV when you go to renew your tag!

Here’s some info about the 2 new tags.

Support Alabama’s birds

Specialty license plates are a win-win for Alabama birds and the drivers. Alabama Audubon supports conservation and education of Alabama’s birds and their habitats.

“This new plate will show the world how much Alabamians love our birds, while also directly supporting our conservation and outreach programs. 

We’re really excited to have Audubon join Alabama’s outstanding distinctive license plate line up.”

Ansel Payne, Executive Director, Alabama Audubon

Support children + adults with disabilities

United Ability
The specialty license plates help raise funds for kids and adults with United Ability. Photo via United Ability

Empowering and providing resources to children and adults with disabilities is what United Ability does. The nonprofit hopes to help create a world where disabilities are not defining or limiting. Funds raised from the specialty license plates helps United Ability to provide therapy, orthotics, prosthetics and care to those with disabilities.

“It’s humbling that our community has made United Ability’s specialty tag dream come true. In addition to creating awareness, these tags provide critical funds needed to serve children and adults with disabilities. 

Seeing tags on cars now and how parents are personalizing tags evokes deep emotion. Heartfelt thanks to all who are participating.” 

Alison Berman, Chief Development Officer, United Ability

Looking for other organizations to support?

The new specialty license plates support other Alabama organizations who are closing in to the number to allow them to go into production. The groups who have not yet received enough commitments are:

The pre-commitment deadline for these plates is Sunday, October 31.

Main Street Alabama

Support Alabama’s historic communities with Main Street Alabama. This nonprofit helps bring jobs and money to historic communities by updating downtowns and neighborhoods.

Main Street Alabama needs 1000+ commitments for the full design, or 250+ for a scaled down version of the design. Pre-commit online for $50 to help this nonprofit meet its goal.

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

Help support the fight against pancreatic cancer. This nonprofit helps:

  • Advance scientific research
  • Advocate for patients
  • Build community
  • Share knowledge

Support the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network by purchasing a license plate.

The World Games 2021 Birmingham Foundation

Speciality License Plate
Hit the “Road to Birmingham” in style. Photo via TWG2020

Cheer for the 2022 World Games with your car. Help support the World Games’ goal to promote education, diversity and sustainability in Birmingham with a $50 license plate. Are you one of the first 175 people to register? That means you receive the specialty license plate for free!

These specialty license plates are more than setting yourself apart on the road. They are helping Alabama organizations make a difference in our communities.

Are you interested in committing to a specialty license plate? Tag us @thebamabuzz to let us know!

Selah Vetter
Selah Vetter
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