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Fla. unveils 4 new specialty license plates

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Central Florida drivers have new options for specialty license plates.

Florida already has more than 100 specialty plates, so Channel 9's Julie Salomone took a hard look at the four new ones the state unveiled Wednesday.

The artwork has to be approved by law-enforcement officials and then hundreds of drivers have to say they want this certain license plate before they can even be made.

Al Lynn picked a specialty plate when he first moved to Florida more than 20 years ago.

The design he picked tells other drivers about himself.

"I respect veterans, always have, been one myself, our country was formed on brave people. Where would we be without our veterans?" Lynn said.

Florida's more than 100 specialty plates are wide-ranging -- everything from sports teams to school spirit.

The four just rolled out by theFlorida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles  include Lauren's Kids and a Big Brothers Big Sisters plate.

"State legislature approves these license plates and also gets additional fees that come with the purchase of them," said Amy Ritter, director of communications for Scott Randolph, tax collector.

Acquiring one of the new plates might not be so easy just yet. A thousand of each must be pre-sold before the plates will even be made.

Each organization has a two-year period to secure 1,000 pre-sale vouchers. Once they hit that mark, the plates are manufactured and delivered to customers.