The Golden Knights could hoist the Stanley Cup before drivers are able to order specialty license plates bearing the team’s logo.
Officials with the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles have spent the past six months in a back-and-forth with the team on the design of the plates. The Knights and the San Jose Sharks will start their second-round playoff series this week, with Vegas hosting at least Games 1 and 2.
“We’ve had a steady stream of people wondering when these plates will be released because there’s a very high interest in them,” DMV spokesman Kevin Malone said. “We’re just waiting on final design approval from the team.”
Knights spokeswoman Alyssa Girardi declined to comment Monday, saying only that the design details are being finalized.
When the Knights submit a design, Malone said, it will only take a few weeks for the DMV to manufacture, distribute and solicit sales for the plates, which must first undergo field testing by the Nevada Highway Patrol.
Just like on the ice, the Pacific Division champs need to follow a few rules to avoid penalties. Knights insignia, logos and messages may take up roughly one-third of the specialty plates, leaving enough room for “Nevada” at the top and the license number.
State lawmakers signed off on a plan to permit the specialized Knights plates during the most recent legislative session. An initial issuance would cost motorists $37, followed by a $10 annual renewal, Malone said.
Those wanting to switch their standard-issue plates to Knights plates are advised to make an appointment, rather than simply showing up to a DMV office.
Paying for plates
Unlike many specialized plates in Nevada, the Golden Knights version will not be linked to any charitable contributions. Here’s where your $37 initial issuance cost goes:
$35: DMV’s cost for plate production
$1: Prison industry fee
$1: DMV technology fee
Source: Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles