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Red Cross License Tag may be Removed from Selection

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Posted at 2:27 PM, Jan 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-29 09:59:13-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- Drivers who renew their vehicle registration may have one less license plate to pick in their local tax collector's office.

The American Red Cross specialty plate may be removed from the list of non-standard license tags by Feb. 1.

Sharon Tyler, chief executive officer of the Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, said in a statement Friday that 960 American Red Cross license plates were sold in 2015.  This number was just below the 1,000 tags required for the specialty design to be automatically renewed by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

Tyler adds that office turnover in the Orlando branch of the Red Cross, and possible missed communications related to it, contributed to the tag's placement into probation.

The American Red Cross specialty tag entered into circulation July 1, 2002.  Proceeds from the $28 fee added to regular vehicle registration rates go toward Red Cross volunteer training, disaster relief, and conference attendance efforts for Florida Red Cross chapters.

Tyler states around $10,000 to $12,000 were raised annually by the sale of these plates.