License plates, special; repeals references to Sons of Confederate Veterans and Robert E. Lee. (HB812)

Introduced By

Del. Candi King (D-Woodbridge) with support from co-patrons Del. Nadarius Clark (D-Portsmouth), Del. Josh Cole (D-Fredericksburg), and Del. Holly Seibold (D-Vienna)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Special license plates; Sons of Confederate Veterans and Robert E. Lee. Repeals authorization for the issuance of Sons of Confederate Veterans and Robert E. Lee special license plates and provides that such special license plates already in circulation will remain valid until their expiration and shall not be renewed. Read the Bill »


According to the fiscal impact statement, there is no direct fiscal impact or cost associated with this legislation for the Department of Motor Vehicles.

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03/07/2024: Passed the General Assembly


01/09/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24103934D
01/09/2024Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/18/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB812)
01/26/2024Assigned Transportation sub: Department of Motor Vehicles
02/05/2024House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/06/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 3-N)
02/08/2024Reported from Transportation with substitute (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2024Committee substitute printed 24107100D-H1
02/11/2024Read first time
02/12/2024Read second time
02/12/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24107100D-H1
02/12/2024Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB812H1
02/13/2024Read third time and passed House (55-Y 43-N)
02/13/2024VOTE: Passage (55-Y 43-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/2024Referred to Committee on Transportation
02/19/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB812H1)
02/22/2024Reported from Transportation (8-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2024Read third time
02/27/2024Passed Senate (21-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB812ER)
03/04/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB812ER)
03/04/2024Signed by Speaker
03/07/2024Signed by President
03/11/2024Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 11, 2024
03/11/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
04/08/2024Governor's recommendation received by House
04/17/2024VOTE: Adoption (0-Y 100-N)
04/17/2024House rejected Governor's recommendation (0-Y 100-N)
04/17/2024VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 100-N)
04/17/2024Communicated to Governor


Cindy writes:

Getting rid of the Robert E. Lee License Plate is not going to get rid of Robert E. Lee's history or memory, all it does is infringe upon my Constitutional 1st Amendments Rights. I am one of the approximately 2000 people who have this plate, and have used it for several years. NOT ONE SINGLE TIME have I ever received a negative comment about it, not so much as a dirty look or a middle finger, from anybody of any race. I've actually had positive comments from members of the Black community about that plate. There's not a whole lot of people who can say, with any honesty, that they actually pay attention to the license plate on any vehicle, unless they're needing that number to report an accident or a crime.
Instead of trying to erase my history, why not do something to teach and promote their own history? There are plenty of prominent and important Virginia Blacks who could be honored; how about Booker T. Washington, or Mary Smith Kelsey Peake, Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones, John Mitchell Jr., John Dabney, Robert Russa Moton, Virginia Randolph, Maggie L. Walker, Bessie Griffin, Aiken C. Taylor, William Harvey Carney, Barbara Johns, Vernon Johns, Oliver White Hill, Donald R. Lyons, Emanuel Logan, George Edward Alcorn, Henry L. Marsh III, and L. Douglas Wilder. There are hundreds of Black people from this state that deserve recognition, and I'm willing to bet that the writer and supporters of this bill have no clue who any of these people are or what they did, with the exception of the first and last ones. Any one of them would be a whole lot better than the radical black power fist they chose to put on a license plate. With all the wonderful, brilliant, and amazing people they should be honoring, they purposely choose to ignore and forget them, virtually erasing them from history, to further promote hatred and division.

Waldo Jaquith writes:

The fact that you see license plates honoring Black Americans as the opposite of license plates honoring Robert E. Lee is amazing. You just gave away the whole game.

Nobody has a constitutional right to have a state-issued license plate with any particular art. No law is stopping you from putting a bumper sticker on your car that says "racist," which would accomplish the same thing as a Robert E. Lee plate. You have as much of a first amendment right to a DMV-produced Robert E. Lee plate as a Nazi does to a DMV-produced Adolf Hitler license plate—which is to say, none.

Nancy Arker writes:

I am ordering this license plate.
And I will keep it on my car I don’t care who pulls me over.
It will stay I swear on my blood as a Virginian Man who is related to confederate soilders.
This is communism. Leave our history alone.
The communists and their thug horde have destroyed our monuments, is that not enough?
I saw the domestic terrorism in Richmond when the BLM riots happened. It was disgusting, filthy and it should have never EVER been allowed to happen the way it did.
Can we not even have a simple license plate?
Wake up Virginia! They will stop at nothing to erase OUR history, OUR culture and OUR heritage.

Waldo Jaquith writes:

Nancy Arker, "a Virginia Man," thinks that it's "communism" not to be able to have a Robert E. Lee license plate. Mr. Arker contains multitudes!

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