Arizona Historical Society License Plate Gets New, Electrifying Look

Just in time for Arizona’s Monsoon Season, the Arizona Historical Society has a new specialty license plate that pays homage to the state’s powerful summer storms.

The new plate was released by the Arizona Department of Transportation on August 10 and can be ordered through the AZ MVD NOW website at

Plate design started in July 2019 with a public poll that kicked off on social media. Of the three design ideas presented, the “Monsoon” plate was the clear winner. The new plate features an afternoon monsoon storm moving in over the desert and the “X”, which is the Society’s logo and the alchemy symbol for copper. After finalizing the monsoon plate concept, the Arizona Historical Society worked with ADOT to make sure the design met law enforcement and readability standards.

“In the same way that monsoons have a powerful impact on the landscape, history has a profound and powerful impact on our lives. The Arizona Historical Society connects people through the power of Arizona’s history. We are excited to launch this license plate and spark conversations about our history across the state.“ said Arizona Historical Society Board President Linda Whitaker.

The new plate is available to the general public, and there are no special requirements. Plates may be ordered online. The initial application fee is $25 with a $25 annual renewal fee, of which $17 goes directly to the Arizona History Society. Sales from the plate support the Society’s mission to preserve and share Arizona’s past – at statewide museums, library and archives, and through educational programs. For more info, visit

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Arizona Historical Society

Mission: Connecting people through the power of Arizona’s history.

Founded in 1864, the Arizona Historical Society (AHS) is the state’s oldest and most prestigious historical organization, dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing Arizona’s rich history. The stories of the people, places, and events that have shaped Arizona are told through museum exhibits, programs, events, and outreach. The Arizona Historical Society is proud to serve as the steward of Arizona’s history. Our collections, artifacts, and manuscript holdings offer opportunities for public programming, educational outreach, and exhibitions, as well as academic and community-based research. National History Day in Arizona is a signature program of AHS and a year-long academic program focused on historical research, interpretation, and creative expression for middle school and high school students.  For additional information, visit

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