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Iowa DOT begins issuing “Fallen Peace Officer” specialty license plates

AMES – Iowa motorists wanting to remember a fallen law enforcement officer may now purchase a specialty license plate with a “Fallen Peace Officer” emblem, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation.

The fees for a numbered “Fallen Peace Officer” plate are $35, with a $10 annual validation fee; and $60 for a personalized plate, with a $15 annual validation fee.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety receives $35 from each new plate and $10 from each renewal. The Iowa DPS distributes 100 percent of the funds in the form of grants to nonprofit organizations to assist in rebuilding the lives of surviving families and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. When awarding grants, the Iowa DPS gives first consideration to Iowa Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) and similar nonprofit organizations providing such resources.

For information, applications, and pictures of this specialty plate go to the Iowa DOT’s website at

The Iowa legislature established the Fallen Peace Officer plate in House File 651, effective July 1, 2011. That legislation directed the Iowa DOT to begin producing the plates as soon as the Iowa DOT obtained 250 paid start-up fees. The Iowa DOT has received the 250 paid start-up fees.

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