Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The Tennessee Department of Revenue requires 1000 pre-registrations before they will start the process of making the plate.  All funds received by the Foundation are held in an escrow account.  When we reach 1000 registrants, we will forward $35,000 to the State and start the process of making the plates.  The State will hold the $35,000 until the registrants that prepaid go to their clerks office to get their tags, then the funds are ready for allocation.

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Yes, we must receive and submit 1000 pre-registrations, along with the collected fees of $35,000 to the State by JULY 1, 2012. Please do not wait until we are close to the deadline...register today!

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After we reach 1000 registrants, we will submit the funds and applicant database to the State.  It will take about two months for the plates to be manufactured and distributed to each county clerk office.  You will receive a letter from your county clerks office advising that the plate is ready to be picked up.  Renewals work the same as other plates with annual stickers.

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The $35 fee is allocated by first taking off the cost of the plate which is now at $3.76, leaving $31.24 to be split. Then 50% ($15.62) is allocated to the Jeff Roth Cycling Foundation and 40/10 split of the remaining $15.62 to Arts Commission and Highway Fund.  This is the typical distribution of funds received from specialty license plate fees in Tennessee.

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Funding from the speciatly license plate will support bicycle safety education programs to help make the roads safer for all users of the right-of-way, including...

  • Educate motorists on how to safely share the road
  • Educate bicyclists on the rules of the road and safe driving
  • Work with bicycle clubs to encourage best practices for event safety
  • Outreach to law enforcement on the rights and responsibilites of motorists and cyclists
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Please do not wait, pre-order today!  When the plates are ready to be picked up at the county clerks office, you will receive a credit for unused months on your current registration if you have more than 30 days remaining before expiration.  When you pick up your new Share the Road plate, that becomes your new anniversary date for tag renewal.  You do not lose any time (money) on your existing plate.  Annual plate renewals are the same as for other tags, you will receive a sticker to place on your Share the Road license plate.

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With your help, this will not happen!  Should we fall short of the required applications, you can choose to donate your registration fee to the foundation, or receive a refund.  Please select the appropriate check box when pre-registering. 

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You should receive a email confirming your registration (thank you).  We update the plate counter every few days so check back later to watch us get closer to the magic number.

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No, funds from the speciatlly license plate will only be used to benefit Tennessee cyclists.

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No, the distribution formula is mandated by the state and all (new) specialty license plates follow this guideline.  While we would prefer a larger share, we are pleased to have any funds that can be earmarked to improve safety and provide educational opportunities.  There are other states with successful Share the Road license plates that originally had no guarantees of funding from the effort.  The baseline benefit is that of awareness from the message provided by the plate itself.

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YES PLEASE!  You can pre-register a Share the Road plate for any automobile.  If you register online, there is a drop down to select how many plates you would like to register.  You can not register a commercial vehicle.  As of today, we have 568 tags pre-registered by 488 registrants so many people are doing more that their share to support the effort.

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