Kids First License Plate Frequently Asked Questions

What is the North Carolina Kids First license plate?

The North Carolina Kids First License Plate is a specialty plate that promotes the health and safety of North Carolina children in two ways: 1. By raising awareness on NC roads, reminding drivers to always put children first and 2. By raising funds for The North Carolina Children’s Trust Fund which awards grants to community organizations and programs dedicated to the prevention of child maltreatment.

How does the North Carolina Kids First license plate raise funds?

A portion of the Kids First License plates is directly transferred to The North Carolina Children’s Trust Fund; $15 for a generic Kids First plate and $25 for a personalized Kids First plate.

How is the money raised from the North Carolina Kids First license plate used?

The money raised from the Kids First license plates goes directly to The North Carolina Children’s Trust Fund (CTF), the only dedicated source of state dollars dedicated to the prevention of child maltreatment prevention. The CTF awards grants to local child abuse prevention agencies and programs that build strong families and communities. These agencies and programs are usually underfunded and rely on the support provided by CTF to continue their great work in creating a bright, healthy, happy future for all NC children.

How much does a Kids First license plate cost?

Plates cost an additional $25 for the regular plate, of which $15 is returned to The NC CTF.

Can I get a personalized Kids First license plate?

Yes, you can personalize your plate with up to 4 characters. There is an additional personalized plate fee of $30 for this service, making your total specialty license plate fee total $55.

Are the fees yearly or one time fees?

The specialized plate fee and the personalized plate fee are annual fees charged upon renewal of your license plate.

Do I have to wait until my license plate registration tags expire?

No, you can purchase a Kids First license plate at any time!

If I purchase a Kids First license plate before my tags expire will I have to pay my registration fee a second time?

No, you will only have to pay the $25 specialty fee plate for a regular Kids First license plate or the $55 fee for a personalized Kids First license plate.

 

The North Carolina Children's Trust Fund

Frequently Asked Questions

What is The North Carolina Children's Trust Fund (NC CTF)?

The North Carolina Children’s Trust Fund is the only source of state dollars dedicated solely to child abuse and neglect prevention efforts.

Why is The NC CTF important?

The future prosperity of our state relies on the healthy growth and development of all children. When children grow up in supportive, nurturing homes and communities their brain architecture is built in a healthy way, forming a solid foundation for all future development and growth. When children suffer adverse experiences such as abuse and neglect; however, it causes toxic stress, resulting in permanent physical damage to their developing brains and bodies. The NC Children’s Trust Fund is an important source of funding for child maltreatment efforts in NC because it provides funding to agencies implementing programs proven through research to prevent child abuse and neglect before it occurs.

How does The NC CTF generate funds?

The NC Children’s Trust Fund is funded by a portion of marriage license fees, a portion of the sale of Kids First license plates, and donations.

What type of services does The NC CTF support?

The North Carolina Children’s Trust Fund supports organizations who are collaboratively working within their communities to provide outreach, support, and services to families identified as being at-risk of compromised health and safety to eliminate or reduce those risks by promoting protective factors that strengthen and support families. Current NC CTF grantees include: Buncombe County Department of Social Services, Catawba County Department of Social Services, Easter Seals UCP NC & VA, and Orange County Partnership for Young Children.

What agency administers The NC CTF?

It is administered by the NC Division of Social Services and is part of a national effort to ensure that states have dedicated funding to prevent child abuse and neglect.

 

Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina

A chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America

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