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Gov. Reeves approves making Mississippi blackout tag available for generic usage

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Governor Tate Reeves has signed Senate Bill 2841 into law, expanding Mississippi’s popular “blackout” tags by allowing for generic usage of the tag for all residents without requiring customization of characters.

The popularity of Mississippi’s blackout vanity plates has soared within less than a year, bringing in an influx of funding to the state’s death benefit trust fund for law enforcement and firefighters.

“The response to Mississippi’s ‘blackout’ tag has been overwhelmingly positive,” Reeves said. “But while a lot of Mississippians love the ‘blackout’ tag, a lot don’t want to have to customize what’s on it.”

Mississippi residents have been able to purchase the plates for their vehicles for months, but were required to include a customized message on the tag.

“Now, they won’t have to,” Reeves explained. “I was proud to sign this legislation that makes it easier for Mississippians to purchase the tag they love while still supporting the families of fallen law enforcement officers and firefighters. It really is a win-win for everyone.”

Over 36,000 blackout plates have been issued throughout the state since July of 2022, providing more than $1 million in funding to families of law enforcement and firefighters who die in the line of duty.

Tags can be purchased for an additional $38.25, with $36.25 going to the Law Enforcement Officers and Fire Fighters Death Benefits Trust Fund.

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