Boston (March 8, 2005) – The New England Patriots today unveiled the new Patriots license plate and announced that applications for the plates are now available through the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles. Proceeds from the license plates will benefit the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation. Team owner Robert Kraft, as well as Patriots tight end Daniel Graham and linebacker Matt Chatham, joined Kimberly Hinden, Registrar of Motor Vehicles, to unveil the plate at a press conference held at Copley Place this morning.
The license plate features the Patriots logo centered above the Roman numerals representing each of the team’s three Super Bowl Championships. More than 3,000 plates have already been reserved.
"We see the plates as a wonderful way for fans to show their support for the team, while assisting us in our efforts to support vital programs in our communities," said Rena Clark, Vice President of Community Affairs & Corporate Philanthropy. "The initial response from the public has been tremendous, and we hope to see that momentum continue."
The base cost is $40, $28 of which will benefit the Patriots Charitable Foundation. The remaining $12 is a one-time only fee to cover the cost of manufacturing. Upon renewal, the entire $40 will benefit the Foundation.
The plates are now available online at www.massrmv.com and will soon be available at the state’s 36 Registry of Motor Vehicles branches.
"These license plates are a great way for fans to show their love of the team," said Registrar of Motor Vehicles Kimberly Hinden. "The Registry is proud to offer a plate for our World Champion Patriots." The Registry of Motor Vehicles will randomly assign plate numbers. There are no vanity plates available. The Patriots will hold an auction this spring to distribute the low-numbered plates.
The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation was established in 1994 by the Kraft family as a vehicle to help support the youth and families of New England. The Foundation's mission is to assist a variety of charitable organizations and programs that foster cultural diversity, education, family, and health. The Foundation uses its resources to serve the youth of New England by encouraging their education, growth, creativity and development of character; and to help support a better quality of life in the communities the Foundation serves.