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Dozens of new specialty SC plates approved

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Drivers travel along Interstate 385 in Greenville County. (File/FOX Carolina) Drivers travel along Interstate 385 in Greenville County. (File/FOX Carolina)

Special license plates that recognize South Carolina's veterans, active military personnel and their parents are among dozens of new plate designs authorized by legislators.

Two laws passed last month add to the scores of specialty plates issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles. They include plates recognizing recipients of military medals and veterans injured in combat. Others celebrate the University of South Carolina's back-to-back baseball championships, beach music and fishing.

South Carolina drivers already can choose from more than 140 plates for their vehicles. They include about two dozen military-related plates.

Laurens Rep. Mike Pitts said he thinks the state should limit its specialized plates to the military. The retired police officer said the military deserves the distinction, but the plethora of other plates creates a safety hazard for officers.

A list of the new plates follows:

  • Distinguished Service Medal
  • Distinguished Service Cross
  • Department of the Navy
  • Parents and spouses of active-duty overseas veterans
  • Active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Combat-related disabled veterans
  • Separate plate for each military branch; fees support county Veterans Administration offices
  • U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer; fees support the Patriots Point Foundation
  • U.S. Marine Corps; fees support the nonprofit Moss Creek Marines
  • Second amendment; fees support the Criminal Justice Academy
  • State flag
  • South Carolina Highway Patrol-retired
  • Big Red; fees support the Citadel Alumni Association
  • "Don't Tread on Me" Gadsden flag, fees to the State Museum for Revolutionary War exhibits
  • Historic vehicles at least 25 years old
  • Boy Scouts of America; fees support SC's Boy Scout councils
  • Eagle Scouts of America; fees support SC's Boy Scout councils
  • I Support Libraries; fees to the SC Association of School Librarians and SC Library Association
  • South Carolina Educator; only for teachers in kindergarten through 12th grade
  • Beach music; No. 1 reserved for the Beach Music Association International president
  • Largemouth bass; fees support bass fishing through the Department of Natural Resources
  • South Carolina Wildlife Federation; fees support its conservation programs
  • Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune; fees support a museum and natural trail named after her, and tourism in Mayesville
  • 2010-11 Baseball National Champions, fees support the University of SC
  • Former members of Congress, the Legislature, city and county councils, mayors and retired judges
  • South Carolina high schools, public or private; fees support the schools
  • Play Tennis; fees support the SC Tennis Patrons Foundation
  • Tree My Dog, fees support the SC State Coon Hunters Association Youth Fund

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