Ask Joe: Why Are We Paying a Prison Fee For License Plates Made in Oregon ?

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Updated: 8/01/2013 6:52 pm
Question:
From the Ask Joe File we are following up again on an issue with Nevada's special anniversary license plates, which we learned this week, are being made in Oregon.
  Jeanne Gribbin wrote in saying she saw our report on the plates not being made at the Nevada prison.  She says she purchased one of the sesquicentennial plates yesterday and wonders why she was still charged a $1.00 prison industry fee for the plate?
Jeanne even sent in her receipt and sure enough, it shows $1.00 for a prison fee that she paid.   Another viewer also wrote in asking the same question so obviously some people are wondering about this.

Answer:
I spoke to David Fierro at the DMV since they oversee the license plate program.  He says the system is set up to charge $1.00 and they can't change that system just for these sesquicentennial license plates.  In fact Fierro says state law mandates the DMV charge that prison fee for any and all license plates, regardles of where they're made.  
  So yes, if you buy those anniversary plates, the prison is getting a slice of the pie, even though they have nothing to do with the process.
   It adds up though. So far Nevadans have contributed $8,500 to the Department of Corrections by purchasing those anniversary plates.
   I guess you might say the inmates will have added reason to celebrate Nevada's 150 years of statehood !

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N8E PAIUTE - 8/2/2013 11:41 AM
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$1.00? Geez, look at the people who throw money into those mean machines at the casinos...or worse people who donate to charity...lol.

Breckenridge - 8/1/2013 8:09 PM
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They're being charged because they are. And the plates are being made out-of-state because we elected to issue them and can't make them in Nevada. Get over it.
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