By ABBY DRIGGERS, Alabama Daily News
AUBURN, Ala. – Drivers in Alabama now have a new design for a license plate supporting Auburn University.
Launched this month, the new plates for cars and motorcycles feature a white background with the interlocking AU logo on the left side, blue and orange stripes with “Auburn” in orange across the bottom.
The tag is $55 for first-time purchasers plus the regular state vehicle fee of $24.25 from local tag offices throughout the state. Registration renewal is $50 each year, plus the regular tag fee. Buyers can customize the available six-characters for free.
All sales of Auburn University car tags in the state go to the Auburn University “License to Learn” Scholarship Endowment Fund, which raises financial support for freshman scholarships.
More than $35 million has been raised to fund academic scholarships since the program’s initiation in 1988, Gretchen VanValkenburg, vice president for alumni affairs, said in a press release about the new plate.
“Alumni and friends of Auburn can easily join this effort by purchasing a tag for their vehicle in the state of Alabama,” VanValkenburg said. “Help us send more students to Auburn as well as promote Auburn on our highways.”
Alabama requires a new design to be released every five years for collegiate plates. It’s a change from the previous Auburn tags that featured a lot more color and were unpopular with some fans.
“It reminds me of the Auburn football helmets and just the basic design of Auburn Athletics” said Katie Brown, a senior at Auburn. “The design is simpler than the one on my car, which I like.”
Auburn tags are also available in Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Tag sales from North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas also fund scholarships.
For more information on Auburn’s car tag program, visit aub.ie/cartags/ or call the Auburn Alumni Association office at (334) 844-2960.