“Keeping the Lights On” License Plate Becomes Reality


UPDATE: The “Keeping The Lights On” License Plate is now available to order!

‘To apply for the new plate, complete the License Plate Application and submit it to the address listed on the top of the application, along with your payment. If you are within 90 days of updating your vehicle registration, the plate will be sent once your new registration is processed. As of April 30, 2020, the plate is not available to order via the DMV website, but we expect that to updated in the coming weeks.


Great news! The “Keeping the Lights On” License Plate will become a reality now that House Bill 449 has been passed by the General Assembly and signed by the governor. This special plate celebrates the work of all lineworkers and utility employees across the state who work tirelessly to keep our lights on, especially after natural disasters. The proceeds from the plate go to the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center.

On September 17, the governor and legislative leaders joined NC Jaycee Burn Center representatives and lineworkers from across the state to highlight the important work line crews and utility workers perform. Crews from Duke Energy, the Cooperatives, and Public Power were present to represent North Carolina lineworkers.

We have had a great response to the introduction of this specialty plate, and wanted to let everyone know the following:

  • The design is still being finalized but will look very similar to the depiction above
  • In addition to the normal registration costs, the license plate will cost $30 — $20 of that will benefit the burn center
  • Find out more about North Carolina specialty license plates — yes, you can personalize a specialty plate here (note that as of the date of this post, the DMV site does not yet mention the lineworkers plate since it is not yet available)
  • You may download and fill out the N.C. DMV License Plate Application here (for questions, contact the N.C. DMV).
  • If your vehicle is registered in North Carolina, watch this space for information on when the plate will be available for public sale.
  • If you’re not in North Carolina and think this is a great idea (you’re right!), contact your state’s Division of Motor Vehicles for information specific to your state

Check back here for the latest updates on the license plate. Further questions? Please contact Government Affairs Liaison Drew Elliot at 919-760-6322 or delliot@electricities.org.

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