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The Guardian ad Litem Specialty License Plate “Heartfelt Child Advocacy”

A specialty license plate for the Florida Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program can now be pre-ordered, with proceeds going to help the abused, abandoned and neglected children the Program represents in state dependency courts.

Proceeds from the GAL plates will go to the Florida GAL Foundation, a direct-support organization and nonprofit corporation. The Foundation supports the mission of the Program, including recruiting, training, certifying and retaining its volunteers.

3 ways to pre-order your Guardian ad Litem specialty license plates:

3 ways to pre-order your Guardian ad Litem specialty license plates by mail, online or by scheduling an appointment with your local Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles center.

ONLINE

You can go online and fill out a voucher form for a Guardian ad Litem specialty tag with Escambia Tax Collector. Any Florida resident can use the form online regardless of which Florida county they reside.

1. Find and fill out the Pre-sale voucher form HERE: (If needed, click the tab “Continue to Full Site” to find the online voucher form)

2. Be sure to choose “Guardian ad Litem” speciality tag when you fill out the online form.

3. After you submit your online form, you will receive a call from an Escambia Tax Collector agent to process their Guardian ad Litem specialty tag voucher.

4. Customers should be prepared to make payment at the time the agent calls.

5. Once your application is processed, you will receive a voucher and receipt for your Guardian ad Litem Specialty Tag

MAIL

You can fill out and mail your Guardian ad Litem specialty tag application form to the Indian River Tax Collectors office. Any Florida resident can mail their form regardless of which Florida county they reside.

1. Please upload and print the GAL Specialty Tag Application Form HERE.

2. Fill out the application in its entirety and send along with a check for $33.00 made payable to Carole Jean Jordan, Tax Collector. Be sure to include the words Guardian ad Litem Specialty Tag in the memo section of your check. 

3. Mail your application and check directly to the Indian River Tax Collector’s Office to:

Carole Jean Jordan

Tax Collector, Indian River County, PO Box 1509 Vero Beach, FL 32961

 

Once your application is processed, you will be sent a voucher and receipt for your GAL Specialty Tag.  

IN PERSON

1. Find the contact information for your local Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles center by visiting: www.FLhsmv.gov/locations

2. Once you call and schedule an appointment with your local HSMV center, let the HSMV clerk you are applying for the Guardian ad Litem  specialty license plate voucher.

3. After the voucher has been processed and paid, the customer will receive a Specialty License Plate Voucher Receipt.

FAQs

Who can obtain a Guardian ad Litem Specialty License plate?

Anyone who is a Florida resident.

If you are buying the voucher for yourself, you will be the Purchasing Customer and Receiving Customer. You will need to provide your driver’s license number or date of birth to the clerk.

If you are buying the voucher for someone else, you will be the Purchasing Customer; the Receiving Customer will be the person you are giving the voucher to. You will need to provide their driver license number as the Purchasing Customer and the name, date of birth, or driver license number of the Receiving Customer to the HSMV clerk.

Will I be able to select my plate numbers as with other specialty tags? 

Each Guardian ad Litem plate will come with a new generic state-assigned number. The Guardian ad Litem specialty plate can be personalized with up to five letters. If you currently have a personalized plate (five letters or less), you may continue to use the same personalization.

Can I customize my Guardian ad Litem Specialty License Plate? 

Yes, you may have up to 5 characters with no additional space or hyphen.

Will I have to retain my current plate number or can I chose at a later time prior to plate production? 

While you will not be able to order a personalized Guardian ad Litem specialty plate until they go into production, you can reserve your specific configuration on a different plate now and swap it to a Guardian ad Litem plate once they are available. Keep in mind there are extra fees for personalization of Florida plates.

Can I transfer my current custom plate configuration to a Guardian ad Litem Plate? 

Yes, you will be able to maintain your current custom configuration on the Guardian ad Litem plate, for an additional DMV charge.

Is this offered with a handicap option, as my current plate has the handicap signal on it? 

Specialty plates are not offered with the handicapped symbol since Florida has a special designated handicapped plate. Now, if you would still like to get the Guardian ad Litem plate, you can always use the Handicapped placard, which does the same thing as the plate.

Is the Guardian ad Litem Specialty Plate available for motorcycles?

Unfortunately, the Guardian ad Litem Specialty tag is not currently available for motorcycles.  In order for them to be available on motorcycles there has to be specific language written in the bill.  It may be something for us to consider doing in the future.

What happens after I purchase the Guardian ad Litem license plate voucher?

After 3,000 vouchers have been sold, production of the plates will begin. When they are manufactured, they will be sent to the county tax collector offices and will be distributed to the license plate agencies in their county.  After the specialty license plates are shipped, the department will send a letter to all the Receiving Customers. The letter will provide instructions on how to redeem their voucher.

Who benefits from the Guardian ad Litem License plate? 

Funds raised through the sale of this new specialty license plate shall be distributed to the Florida Guardian ad Litem Foundation, Inc., a direct-support organization and a nonprofit corporation.  The funds will be used in this state to support the mission and efforts of the Statewide Guardian ad Litem Program to represent abused, abandoned, and neglected children and advocate for their best interests; recruit and retain volunteer child advocates; and meet the unique needs of the dependent children served by the program.  

What happens if for some reason the 3,000 pre-sale requirement is not met?

If the plate fails to meet the presale voucher requirements the plate will not be manufactured and the customer may apply the pre-sale voucher towards a different specialty license plate or apply for a refund for the specialty license plate fee only. Form HSMV 83363 is used to apply for a refund.