Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS), which provides a host of safety net social services on the island, is sponsoring a Martha’s Vineyard specialty license plate campaign. The Registry of Motor Vehicles runs a program through which nonprofit organizations can raise money when drivers purchase specialty license plates.
Over 1,000 plates have been sold in the first round of plate sales and have been distributed to participating RMV branches across the state. In order for the plates to remain a specialty plate option at RMV branches across Massachusetts, 3,000 plates must be sold before August 2021.
Martha's Vineyard Specialty plates are now available for order through the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles website and at all full service Massachusetts RMV locations.
The initial registration fee set by the state is $40, of which $12 goes to cover the state's production cost of the plate and $28 returns to MVCS. Note that your $28 is a tax-deductible charitable donation! There is an additional one-time $20 swap fee charged by the state when applicants pick up their plate at their local RMV.
A renewal fee set by the State of Massachusetts will be due every two years. For future renewals, the entire renewal fee is a tax-deductible donation that will generate funds to support the services of MVCS and other Vineyard non-profits that benefit youth and elders. In keeping with the agency's community-minded spirit, MVCS has committed to donating 20% of net proceeds to other island non-profits that benefit youth and elders.
What you should know:
Where is my donation acknowledgement letter?
As noted above, when you register your Martha's Vineyard Specialty Plate, $28 is a tax-deductible donation to MVCS. Upon renewal the entire $40 is a tax-deductible donation to MVCS. For tax purposes, all you will need for documentation is your vehicle registration, which includes the Specialty Plate fee. If you need further documentation, you can include this GuideStar document.
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