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Welcome to the Plum Beach Lighthouse License Plate website. You’ve landed here, most likely because you’ve seen the attractive new license plates showing up on cars around the state and you’d like one. You’ve come to the right place!
In October 2009 we received RI State Legislative approval to begin selling the plates as a fundraiser for the century old lighthouse located beneath the Jamestown-Verrazzano bridge in North Kingstown. The bill required that we sell a minimum of 900 plates before the State would commit to making them. In eight weeks of sales we surpassed the minimum, and since then have sold thousands more. The plates are still available and should be for years to come.
The initial intent of the program was to raise enough money to repaint the lighthouse, a project that was completed in the summer of 2010. During the repainting, we also raised an American Flag on a newly installed flagpole, bringing Old Glory to the lighthouse for the first time in over 62 years. We also installed a solar-powered light to make us compliant with American Legion flag flying rules. Any money we now raise will be placed in a fund for continuous maintenance of the lighthouse.
The plates are $41.50 per set, and $20 from each paid order goes to the lighthouse and is tax-deductible as the lighthouse is a 501(c)(3) non-profit IRS registered group. The remaining $21.50 goes to the state for plate production.
Thank you for considering the PBL Plates. Through its storied history, the lighthouse has for decades served faithfully through hurricanes and blizzards and was abandoned and left to rot until the Friends of Plum Beach Lighthouse, a small group of dedicated volunteers, decided to rescue her. Now, with your help through the plate purchase, the lighthouse is becoming a symbol of Rhode Island Yankee perseverance. Check out the Repainting Project of 2010 gallery to see the amazing before and after photos.
Applications now being accepted for Commercial and Combination plates
The Friends of Plum Beach Lighthouse are pleased to announce an expansion of the lighthouse license plate program. The State General Assembly in July 2013 passed bills allowing us to now offer both commercial and combination style plates for the public. The same rules apply for these plates and are currently available in 5-digits or less. Also, before either type plate is made, we must collect a minimum of 900 before the DMV will make the plates official.