Michigan Pro Sports Fans Can Now Showcase Their Team on Specialty Plates

Fans of Michigan's professional sports teams can now share their affinity with the rest of the world through new specialized Michigan license plates which feature the team's logo and benefit that team's charitable foundation at the same time.

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson today joined Detroit Lions, Pistons, Red Wings and Tigers representatives to announce the four new Michigan license plates each featuring the logo of one of the teams.

Team and foundation executives, team legends and mascots joined Benson during a news conference at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit for the announcement. Among those at the event were Lions legend Herman Moore, Pistons legend Earl Cureton, Red Wings legend Chris Osgood and Tigers legend and Hall of Famer Al Kaline.

Benson says, “In Michigan, we love our sports teams, and motorists now will be able to proudly display the logo of the Lions, Pistons, Red Wings or Tigers on their license plate at home and on the road.” Benson adds, “Buying a plate also will support the teams’ charitable efforts promoting the well-being of our children.”

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Any of the plates can be ordered at ExpressSOS.com, by mail or at any Secretary of State office. The plate will be mailed within 14 business days. To order a plate by mail, complete and print a plate order form.

As with other special cause license plates the state offers, when a pro team plate is ordered, $25 of the $35 purchase fee and the entire $10 renewal fee each year will go to that team’s charitable foundation:

  • Detroit Lions Charities
  • Detroit Pistons Foundation
  • Detroit Red Wings Foundation
  • Detroit Tigers Foundation

Each of those organizations works to strengthen communities and to benefit young people through recreational and educational opportunities.

The plates will be issued with a random combination of letters and numbers. However, sports fans who want a personalized plate can check if the custom configuration they want is available using the Secretary of State’s ExpressSOS.com. Any pro sports team plate is limited to five digits.

Benson thanked each of the teams, as well as State Sen. Jim Stamas, of Midland, who sponsored the legislation creating the pro sports team plates, and other legislators, especially Detroit’s legislative caucuses, for working together to make the plates a reality for residents.