Motor Vehicle Division Information Memo # 19‐06 Firefighter License Plate Administrative Rule Update

The Administrative Code change for the firefighter plate applications without notarization is now effective.

SUBJECT This informational memo explains an update to administrative rule chapters 761—401, Special Registration Plate. In 2018, we were approached by the Iowa Firefighter’s Association with a request to revise the application process for a firefighter license plate to allow the application to be submitted without requiring original or notarized signatures.

SUMMARY Prior to this rule change, an application for a firefighter license plate was required to contain the original notarized signatures of the fire chief and another fire officer certifying that the applicant is a current or retired member of the fire department. However, the department recognized after consultation with the Iowa Firefighter’s Association that the requirement that the signatures be original and notarized can be an administrative burden, especially for very large fire departments with a large number of applicants or for smaller departments that may not always have a notary public available. Removing the requirement that the signature on the application be original and notarized does not in any way diminish the authenticity of the application, and the application is still being signed and certified by the chief and another fire officer.

The administrative rule amendments are effective for applications processed on or after April 17, 2019. LINK TO ADMINISTRATIVE RULES

https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/aco/arc/4344C.pdf

CURRENT The application for a firefighter license plate is required to contain the original, notarized signatures of the fire chief and fire officer.

NEW For all applications processed on or after April 17, 2019, the rules will no longer require the firefighter license plate application to contain the original, notarized signatures of the fire chief and fire officer. BUSINESS IMPACT As of April 17, 2019, you may accept and process firefighter license plate applications even if the application does not contain the original, notarized signatures of the fire chief and fire officer.