Bill signed okaying patriotic license plate sale

October 12, 2001

Lt. Governor Dick Posthumus today signed Senate Bill 602 authorizing the sale of a new patriotic license plate, the proceeds from which will help fund the humanitarian efforts of the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

The bill, sponsored in the Legislature by State Senator Shirley Johnson (R - Royal Oak) and actively promoted by Secretary of State Candice Miller, passed the state Legislature with broad bipartisan support and designates $25 of the $35 license plate fee to be divided between the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. The license plate shows an American flag flying over a map of Michigan and boldly displays the phrase "Proud To Be American."

"Since September 11, our American spirit has been tested. I have never been more proud to be an American because I've seen that we've passed that test with flying red, white and blue colors," Posthumus said. "America is great because America is good. The outpouring of assistance and generosity has shown that to the world. I am proud to sign this bill because it will extend Michigan's helping hand even more."

"Michigan's response to the attacks on this great nation has been overwhelming and demonstrates our generosity, strength and unity," Secretary Miller said. "The ‘Proud To Be American' fundraising license plate reflects these treasured values of the American spirit."

"The outpouring of aid to the victims of these horrific terrorist acts has been extraordinary," Senator Johnson said. "This specialty plate will not only contribute financially to the relief efforts, but will allow Michigan residents to show their patriotic and humanitarian support."

The new "Proud To Be American" license plate can be ordered beginning Monday, October 15, at any Secretary of State branch office, by mail or by fax. Mail and fax order forms are available at:

Proud To Be American license plate facts


  • Celebrates America's patriotic spirit and generosity in response to the events of September 11, 2001. Proceeds from license plate sales will be equally divided between the American Red Cross and Salvation Army for American disaster relief.

To Order

  • Visit any of the 176 Secretary of State branch offices, beginning Monday, October 15.
  • Available by mail or fax. Order forms may be printed from the Secretary of State web site at


  • Original fee: $35 in addition to annual registration fee. $25 will be divided equally between the American Red Cross and Salvation Army - $10 covers production and mailing. Additional $30 for a personalized plate.
  • Renewal fee: $10 to be shared equally between the American Red Cross and Salvation Army. Additional $15 renewal fee for personalized plate.
  • No charge for a disability plate.
  • A special collector's edition is available for a one-time $35 fee.
  • Credit card payments accepted only when paying by mail or fax.

Eligible Vehicles

  • Passenger vehicles, noncommercial pickups and vans, and motor homes.


  • Features a dark blue silhouette of Michigan with the American flag superimposed over it.
  • Bears the legend Proud To Be American in red and a distinctive blue banner across the top bearing the word Michigan.