Dec. 27, 2013
A specialty license plate featuring a symbol that has become associated with the tea party movement is a big seller in Virginia.
There are over 21,000 vehicles registered in the Commonwealth sporting the "Don't Tread On Me" plate. That makes it ninth in popularity among more than 200 specialty tags, and second only to the "In God We Trust" plate among those authorized in the last five years.
The plate, which has been available for almost two years, is based on the Revolutionary War-era Gadsden flag featuring a coiled rattlesnake above the slogan. Arizona, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas also have sanctioned "Don't Tread On Me" plates.
The fee for specialty plates is $10 on top of the regular registration fee. For a personalized message, tack on another $10. In either case, it's payable to the state.
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