Lawmakers Leery Of Hiking ID License Plate Fees

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho residents could see existing fees for specialty and personalized license plates about double, under a plan from Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter to raise an additional $2.8 million for highway funding.

The House Transportation Committee Tuesday was initially skeptical, on concern increases will prompt people to dump their plates, decreasing revenue.

They balked asked Clete Edmunson, Otter’s transportation adviser, to return with more information.

Now, residents pay $25 on top of normal registration fees to get a personalized plate, and another $35 if they want one of the state’s roughly 30 specialty plates. That would rise to $45 and $55, respectively, under Otter’s plan.

And to renew a personalized plate every year, it would cost $35, up from $15. To renew a specialty plate, it would cost $45, up from $25.