Sun Devil plate continues to boost ASU's scholarship fund and goes for a bolder gold background with red letters, though the classic mascot artwork remains intact. Serials are now expandable to a possible six digits according to this sample, although five-digit combos seem to remain the norm for now (current high as of this post: F2989, which means about 2200 examples of the new type). Old Sun Devil bases (stretching as far back as the late 1980s) remain valid if kept current, or owners can switch to the new design for a five-dollar replacement fee. Perfect for celebrating the school's alignment in the new Pac-12 conference, of course.
Future Farmers of America. I like the design in general, and it's a good cause. However, having seen it on the road recently, it's very hard to tell from a distance (unless you know your flat-plate fonts) that this is an Arizona issue because the "metal" name tag at the top is tough to make out. Arizona is generally very good at resolving any visibility problems with their plates, however, so that issue might yet be fixed. This has not proven an especially popular plate yet, having only stretched to 342 examples out there as of June.
Grand Lodge of Arizona Masons. (Based on their charity website, this appears to include funding for domestic violence safe houses and aid to troops stationed overseas.) This is a clean, simple layout with good legibility -- and yet, not quite a popular one either, with only 162 examples known so far. (Side note: Colorado's own
NAU Lumberjacks plate. Ironically, the Lumberjack mascot present on the old design has been removed in favor of just spelling out the nickname on the bottom. Perhaps NAU is trying to scale up its image or something? In any case, it's a well-designed plate, just not a very exciting one. This plate also appears capable of supporting six-digit serials, but five digits remains the norm and about 700 of the new plates have been issued so far.
Note: All sample plate images were obtained at Arizona MVD's website.