Why aren’t you showing your Realtor pride?

You pay enough for the right to put that nice "R" after your name — you’re a Realtor®, not just a real estate agent. So why not tell the world (or at least a whole lotta drivers). Get yourself a Realtor® license plate.

Special plates cost less in Virginia than just about any other state: Just 10 bucks a year. (And it can pay for itself the moment someone says, "Excuse me, I see you’re a Realtor. Can I ask you something…?")

buzz_plateEven better: For an extra $10, you can personalize your Realtor® plate with up to six characters (letters, numbers, dashes, spaces, or ampersands). The DMV site lets you check to see if the plate you want is available, see what it will look like, then order it online. Couldn’t be simpler.

You’ve probably seen them on the road. So why are you letting other people advertise on the highway without grabbing your piece of the action?

And VAR is even working to have some of the cost of a Realtor® plate go to help expand low-income housing options. Whatever excuse you have for not having one, get over it. Frank did:

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About Andrew Kantor

Andrew is VAR's editor and information manager, and -- lessee now -- a former reporter for the Roanoke Times, former technology columnist for USA Today, and a former magazine editor for a bunch of places. He hails from New York with stops in Connecticut, New Jersey, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Roanoke.
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6 Responses to Why aren’t you showing your Realtor pride?

  1. Latana Locke says:

    I love my Realtor license plate I have had people in parking lots ask me how the market it doing. And it matches the color of my car.

  2. Cindy Jones says:

    My current personalized plate is REBLOGR. It does get attention and looks if I could use the “R” in the special plate to have the same plate with fewer letters.

  3. In fact, somewhere in our great commonwealth there’s a person with a Realtor plate “EALTOR.”

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  5. Jim Duncan says:

    Getting these plates may get more expensive if this bill goes through the General Assembly.

    B. The annual fee for plates issued to members of the Association of Realtors shall be $25 in addition to the prescribed fee for state license plates. For each such $25 fee collected in excess of 1,000 registrations pursuant to this section, $15 shall be deposited into the state treasury and credited to a special nonreverting fund known as the Virginia Housing Trust Fund established within the Department of Accounts. These funds shall be paid annually to the Virginia Housing Trust Fund and used to support affordable housing options in the Commonwealth. All other fees imposed under the provisions of this subsection shall be paid to, and received by, the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles, and paid by him into the state treasury and set aside as a special fund to be used to meet the necessary expenses incurred by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

  6. Thanks for the reminder! I had homeschool plates on my old car. Got a new one in November and they gave me real plates at the time. I just hope I did it right since I ended up having to call in and have someone else fill in the form.

    Is this a tax write-off???

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