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Civic Pride on the Road

Fairfax County license plates available soon.

The design of the new license plate features the Fairfax County seal, county map and the Web site of Visit Fairfax and county government.

The design of the new license plate features the Fairfax County seal, county map and the Web site of Visit Fairfax and county government. Photo Contributed by VDOT

You can flaunt your car and show off your civic pride, thanks to a customized Fairfax County license plate approved Tuesday, Jan. 29, by the Board of Supervisors.

The license place features the county seal, county map and the website addresses of the government and Visit Fairfax. The plate will cost $25 a year. By state law, $10 is retained by the state while the other $15 goes back to the license plate sponsor after 1,000 plates are ordered.

The Board of Supervisors voted to direct the initial proceeds toward the 2015 World Police and Fire Games that will be held in the county (http://www.fairfax2015.com). The World Police and Fire Games are an international sporting event offering thousands of police officers, firefighters, customs and correction officers from around the world an opportunity to showcase their athletic excellence in over 65 sporting events. These games are the second largest sporting event in the world after the Summer Olympics.

Before the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles can proceed with plate production, it needs 350 commitments from the community. Visit Fairfax will soon allow you to sign up for one of the first license plates at www.fxva.com.

Supervisor Pat Herrity (R-Springfield), who initiated the plan, noted the City of Fairfax has its own tag which generates roughly $5,000 per year in revenues at $15 per vehicle and is dedicated to the city’s historical resources. Using Fairfax City’s population as a benchmark, Herrity estimated that Fairfax County could generate roughly $250,000 per year from its own license plates.

“I look forward to being one of the first residents to get my hands on a Fairfax County License plate,” Herrity said.