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    Exclamation Virginia BMWCCA License Plate?

    Is anyone lobbying for a BMWCCA license plate for Virginia? I know Maryland has one and I didn't know if our club or someone else has been actively pursuing this. Anyone?

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    It has been tried in the past, and never made it all the way through. There is a process to do it, but you need to get 350 people committed and paid ahead of time. See http://www.dmv.virginia.gov/webdoc/p...or_special.pdf for the process.

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    This is somewhat different when we tried this several years ago.
    Back then all we needed were signatures, not even commitments.
    But then it had to be presented to the VA House.

    Now it looks simpler. We just need people to commit.
    Perhaps Tidewater, Blue Ridge and Tarheel chapters would also be interested. I'll be seeing members of those chapters this weekend and will ask.

    But it will still come down to someone administrating it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1996 328ti View Post
    This is somewhat different when we tried this several years ago.
    Back then all we needed were signatures, not even commitments.
    But then it had to be presented to the VA House.

    Now it looks simpler. We just need people to commit.
    Perhaps Tidewater, Blue Ridge and Tarheel chapters would also be interested. I'll be seeing members of those chapters this weekend and will ask.

    But it will still come down to someone administrating it.
    Please do, because I would love to get several. Any help you need from me let me know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoyabmw View Post
    It has been tried in the past, and never made it all the way through. There is a process to do it, but you need to get 350 people committed and paid ahead of time. See http://www.dmv.virginia.gov/webdoc/p...or_special.pdf for the process.

    Kevin
    I just want to make sure I understand this. Let me know if this is accurate:

    0) Some sort of instructions would have to be written up, maybe a sample VSA10, as well as some expectation setting about the timetable and how long the $$ might be sitting before something happens. This could be posted at local shops/dealerships as well as put into the newsletter and on the front page of the website.

    1) 350 people need to do the following:
    a) fill out this form. Those people need to have up to date registrations in VA for the car in question.
    b) Send the form, $25 (plus another $10 for personalized messages) and certification of membership (if necessary) to some central organizing person
    c) wait patiently for the 350 person cap to be hit (probably more than 350, in case people move away).

    2) Once that cap is hit, and the central organizing person has 350+ applications, $8750 (350 x 25), and some proof of membership for those 350 applicants, then the central organizing person sends the following to the DMV:
    -the $$
    -the applications (organized into 3 categories)
    -permission to use the logo
    -the actual artwork in vector format

    3) DMV sends back a metal prototype of the plate which has to be blessed by the coordinator.

    4) Once blessed, smooth sailing?

    What I don't see in the PDF document is how the state legislators are involved in the process - or are they the sponsor?

    This doesn't sound too terrible - and once it's done, it's done, right? It won't expire?

    The biggest hurdles I see is who creates the escrow account, and getting the word out.

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    This document from the VA DMV should provide more information to a majority of your questions. http://docs.google.com/View?docid=df9qg2xn_0c2d3x7dv

    We do have access to BMW's CCA account for an escrow account and at last check about a year ago we do have over 350 interested parties for this plate.

    The last and largest hurdle is getting the state legislators involved. The first paragraph of the linked document talks about the legislator.

    If you're outside northern Virginia or want to take a stab at contacting your VA legislator, any help is welcome!

    It has been about a month since I last contacted mine

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    This just reminded me to get my Maryland tag

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    Colleagues:
    This is a worthy project, absolutely within the capabilities of anyone who is reading this message. I also would like to have CCA logoed plates. We have 5,500 members, most of whom live in Virginia. The only thing this initiative lacks is a volunteer with the drive to administer this. Would the gentleman who originated this thread be willing to volunteer? I will sign up for 3 sets of Virginia plates.
    -Roy Morris
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roy View Post
    Colleagues:
    This is a worthy project, absolutely within the capabilities of anyone who is reading this message. I also would like to have CCA logoed plates. We have 5,500 members, most of whom live in Virginia. The only thing this initiative lacks is a volunteer with the drive to administer this. Would the gentleman who originated this thread be willing to volunteer? I will sign up for 3 sets of Virginia plates.
    -Roy Morris
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    Yup, I will. Also can we get the other VA chapters involved? This would go a long way towards getting something accomplished, I believe.
    Last edited by chicane; 04-19-2007 at 07:57 AM.

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    On Monday I will get back with everyone to see if other VIRginia chapters are interested.
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    I did jump in with my 1 car

    Although I'd be curious to see how the designing process works. Very honestly I am not that big a fan of the Maryland design. I know its easier to be a critic than actually do the work - but just wondering if there are rules and regulations from
    a. the DMV
    b. BMW NA
    c. BMW CCA
    that help define what we could have?

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    I don't want to discourage people from coming up with ideas.
    Anyone can do this.

    I think we just past 500 plates in Maryland this year and it's been going on for several years.

    I realize few people in the Commonwealth know what exists north of the Potomac.

    2517 live in VA
    2632 live in MD
    0349 live in DC
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    I stand corrected as to where the majority of our members live. Thanks for those statistics. Very interesting. But you would think that we could get 350 plate purchasers out of 2500 if Maryland can get 500 out of 2600. If we get the current Concours chair to outfit all his cars with Va. logo plates, we'll be well on our way to 350 cars.
    --Roy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roy View Post
    If we get the current Concours chair to outfit all his cars with Va. logo plates, we'll be well on our way to 350 cars.
    And with our past concours chair plus your 3, we'd come real close.
    But it has taken several years in Maryland to get those 500.

    I wonder if South Carolina has organizational tags.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1996 328ti View Post
    I wonder if South Carolina has organizational tags.
    This is a good reason why you SHOULDN'T leave MD

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