About The Nantucket Specialty License Plate
Supporting Island Non-Profits that Serve Children
The Nantucket License Plate is a MASSDOT sanctioned Specialty License Plate available for Massachusetts registered motor vehicles…with the exception of commercial vehicles. Revenues from Nantucket License Plate sales go directly to support Island non-profits for their programs that benefit children. Local Nantucket artist David Lazarus designed the island and whale logo and Creative Pilot based in Boston produced the graphics.
The initial Specialty Plate fee set by the state is $40, of which $12 goes to cover the state's production cost and $28 returns to Nantucket. Note that this $28 is tax-deductible for the applicant. A $40 renewal fee, also set by the state, will be due every two years. For future renewals, the entire renewal fee will benefit Island non-profits and is fully tax-deductible.
In February of 2015, the Nantucket License Plate Committee delivered 1,547 completed Nantucket License Plate applications to the state. These initial plates are available for pick up at Massachusetts RMVs now! If you ordered a Nantucket License Plate and have not picked your up yet, please do so today.
Beginning in December 2015, the state will begin accepting new applications for a Nantucket License Plate online and at any Mass full service RMV.
Having met the initial goal to commence production of the Nantucket License Plate, we must register an additional 1,453 plates by October 2017 to reach the state-mandated 3,000 plates sold requirement.
Once we have exceeded 3,000 registered Nantucket License Plates, the program will continue in to the future, unless modified or ceased by the state.
The Nantucket Lighthouse School originally agreed to serve as the principle non-profit sponsor, and has devoted thousands of volunteer hours to the effort in order to make a Nantucket License Plate a reality for our Island. In keeping with the School’s community-minded spirit, it has committed to ensuring over half of net proceeds go to other Island non-profits that benefit children.
Island nonprofits that serve children were asked to join this community effort and were eligible to receive revenue for every plate sale they generated during the initial drive to 1,500 applications. Based on the amount of applications collected, the program now has four non-profit partners in perpetuity: A Safe Place, First Congregational Church of Nantucket, Nantucket Community Sailing and St. Mary, Our Lady of the Isle Catholic Church. These partners are represented on the License Plate Committee and receive a pro-rata percentage of net revenue. There are fourteen additional non-profits that helped with initial marketing and sales efforts and these organizations are also eligible to receive a percentage of net revenue in perpetuity.
In addition, each year, 25% of net revenue will be distributed to Island non-profits for the benefit of children through the Community Foundation for Nantucket’s principal community grants program: the Nantucket Fund™. These grants are awarded at the discretion of the Community Foundation for Nantucket. All 501c3 Nantucket non-profits that serve children have an opportunity to benefit from revenue generated from the Nantucket License Plate.
If you have any questions regarding your current application or the program in general, please visit our FAQs page. Or contact us here.
Low and Special Number Plate Auction
A collection of low and special number plates, (i.e. NI 1, NI 2, …NI 99, NI 228, NI 508, NI 617, NI 888, etc.), will be available through an on-line auction format. The initial auction for plates in the NI 11 - 99 range will take place December 4th - 21st, 2015. Please see our Auction page for more details. All proceeds will go to benefit the nonprofit partners and the nonprofit sponsor for programs that benefit Island children.
Thank you for your support of the Nantucket License Plate…and of Nantucket children!
Nantucket License Plate Committee:
Tucker Holland, Co-chairman
Robert Sarkisian, Co-chairman and First Congregational Church Representative
Margaretta Andrews, Community Foundation for Nantucket Representative
Diana Brown, Nantucket Community Sailing Representative
Logan Gomes, Nantucket Lighthouse School Representative
Lucy Hehir, St. Mary’s Our Lady of the Isle Representative
Sue Mynttinen, A Safe Place Nantucket Representative
Emily Miller (Emerita)