Tenth Mountain Division Foundation
Tenth Mountain Division Foundation
Tenth Mountain Division Foundation
Tenth Mountain Division Foundation

10th Mountain Division Commemorative License Plates background and FAQs

Colorado vehicle owners and residents only!

10th Mountain Division charity vehicle license plates are now available. This program started Jan. 1, 2015.

On this page, quickly find:

History of the License Plate

In 1993 the Tenth Mountain Division Foundation Inc. (Foundation) applied for and received a specialty license plate to commemorate the 10th Mountain Division.  Since that time over 12,000 supporters purchased and proudly displayed that license plate.

In the meantime, a large number of charities applied for and received charity license plates.  Those newer plates allowed donations to a charity in exchange the donor was able take a certificate of donation to their county motor vehicle office and receive a non-profit license plate.

Between 1993 and 2014, no 10th Mountain Division charity received any money from the specialty plate.  The Foundation sought to update its specialty license plate to make it a charity license plate.

The State of Colorado charges two separate $25 fees for specialty/charity plates. These State of Colorado fees are:

  • the Highway User Fund Tax = $25
  • the Specialty User Fund = $25

Charity License Plate Program Overview

In 2014, the Foundation requested a charity license plate which will allow a donation to the 10th Mountain Division Foundation to support 10th Mountain Division-related charities.

This change required a change in Colorado state statute.

For all new plates applied for 1/1/15 or later, a $45 donation is required in addition to the two $25 State of Colorado fees, $95.00 total, not including the normal license and registration fees.

Once the donation is confirmed by the Foundation, a certificate is issued, allowing new donors to get a specialty license plate.

A certificate for the new plates then has to be taken to the county motor vehicle office for the issuance of the new support the 10th mountain plates, normal registration fees apply.

Keep in mind the time necessary to get the plate mailed to you by the State of Colorado and the time necessary if you are asking the Foundation to mail your certificate of donation may be approximately 3 weeks each. Take this into account when your current license plates expire.

Note: The state of Colorado will not issue 10th Mountain plates without a Foundation-issued certificate.  This is true for current plate holder and new donors for support the 10th Mountain Division license plates.

Veterans of the 10th Mountain Division: The state law also authorizes a new veteran plate for 10th Mountain Division veterans, both World War II or current 10th Mountain Division veterans.  Veteran of the 10th Mountain Division should contact the state of Colorado Department of Revenue for more details.

New specialty plate requests: For new supporters (since 1/1/15), there are two ways you can donate to get the charity plate:

Tenth Mountain Division Foundation, Inc.
133 South Van Gordon Street, Suite 200
Lakewood, CO 80228

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What will the Support the 10th Mountain Division cost in the future?
A: Year two and beyond require the vehicle registration fees and taxes.  At present there is no annual $45.00 renewal fee to charity plates issued on or after 1/1/15. The State of Colorado and the Foundation are considering a lower $15.00 renewal fee, but details are still being worked out. For example, it is the Foundation’s intent if such a renewal is required, it should be able to be renewed by mail.

Q: Can I get the Support the 10th Mountain Division license plates if I don’t have a Certificate of Approval?
A: No, the Department of Motor Vehicles will not issue the 10th Mountain Division license plates to anyone who does not have a Certificate of Approval issued by 10th Mountain Division.

Q: My current vehicle registration expires in a week, what can I do?
A: Go ahead and renew your current license plates. Once you receive your certificate of approval you can take it to the Department of Motor Vehicles and transfer your registration to the Support the 10th Mountain Division plates. Please contact you County Motor Vehicle Office for details and information on fees.

Q: My current vehicle registration doesn’t expire until next year, do I have to wait until then to get my Support the 10th Mountain Division license plates?
A: Contact your County Motor Vehicle Office for assistance.

Q: Does making the donation to 10th Mountain Division  guarantee that I will get Support the 10th Mountain Division license plates?
A: Yes, Support the 10th Division license plates are completed through a print on demand program where the plates are printed and shipped once they are ordered. Customers will receive their plates within three weeks.

Q: I have the regular standard issue green Colorado plates, can I keep the same number?
A: No, the Support the 10th Mountain Division standard issue plate will have to be a different license plate number.

Q: What percentage of my donation will go to 10th Mountain Division?
A: 100% of donations collected will support 10th Mountain Division charities.

Q: Is my donation Tax deductible?
A: Yes, your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowable by law, the Foundation certificate of donation is the donor’s receipt.

Q: Can I get Support the 10th Mountain Division license plate for a commercial vehicle?
A: No.

Q: Can I get Support the 10th Mountain Division license plate for a registered trailer?
A: No.

Q: Can I get Support the 10th Mountain Division license plate for a motor home?
A: No.

Q: Does the Foundation receive any of the $50.00 Highway Users Fund and Licensing Services Fees?
A: No these fees are separate from the Foundation and are part of the specialty and charitable license plate program.

Q: What charities will benefit from a donation?
A: The Tenth Mountain Division Foundation, Inc., the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association and the 10th Mountain Division Living History and Display Group. The funding is dispersed through the License Plate Grant Application process (pdf).

Q: Why these 3 charities?
A: These 3 entities are recognized as charities by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) under IRS code 501(c)(3). The donation amount will be shared by these entities through the License Plate Grant Application process (pdf). To receive donations under the Colorado charity vehicle license program, an entity must be an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) charity.

If your question has not been answered here, please e-mail your question to admin@10thmdf.org or call (303) 756-8486 and leave a voicemail with your question and someone will return your call. To help us better assist you, please speak clearly when leaving a message and spell out your name. If you would like an application mailed to you, please leave your address in your message.

Thank you for your support.

Note: 2015 was the first time any 10th Mountain Division-related charity received any revenue from this license plate.

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