Mid-America Plate Association

Region of ALPCA



If you would like to become a member of ALPCA just click this link here: JOIN! Information about how to join will be on that page.

We are a midwest region of ALPCA and meet four times a year in Northern Illinois. To join our club click here. Currently our dues are $15 per year. A great donation auction is held at each event. Registration is $5 per member and $10 for NON-MAPA member, $5 per table and $5 per extra table. All money raised goes to support the club, our events and activities. Go through your collection and donate plates for the auction and bring a favorite plate to display and/or win an award. You must be either an ALPCA or MAPA member in order to enter our meets.

President's Message

Our last meet of 2015 at Stone City went well with many collectors on hand.  Plates were plenty and good times were had by all.  Don't miss our February 27, 2016 meet at Peotone, I'll located at the Will County Fairgrounds.  This is a new location and we have 5,000 square feet of space for plates. So bring your friends, family, and of course plates!  Let's have a good 2016 license plate collecting for all.

Mapa special event plate for 2015




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New retired Law Enforement

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New Teamsters plate released.

The Municipal Fire license plates are available only to vehicles of a municipal fire department or fire protection district. Vehicles displaying these plates must be owned by the fire department or fire protection district.

By purchasing a set of these plates, you will help support the the maintenance of a memorial and park honoring fallen Illinois State Police officers; hold an annual memorial event; provide scholarships to children of officers killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty; and provide financial assistance to officers and their families killed or injured in the line of duty.

These license plates may be issued to any active or retired law enforcement officers and their family members, surviving family members or deceased law enforcement officers and members of or donors to the Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation.



New political design plates for 2015-16. Honorary Consul and Senate.



New Illinois license plates in 2014

Not done holiday shopping? Try the Illinois Secretary of State.  Nearly a dozen new license plates will be for sale in 2014.  

 The Secretary of State's Office has to offer just about something for everyone.  Illinois has more than 100 specialty license plates, they cost more than a standard plate -- with a portion of the extra money usually going to the affiliated cause.  From the Chicago Blackhawks, to 20 different universities, to organ donors, and the U.S. Marine Corps.

New in 2014: 11 more. Including plates for Alzheimer's Awareness, Retired Law Enforcement, Illinois Nurses, and the Wild Turkey Federation.  Before they'll go for sale, Secretary of State spokesman Henry Haupt says groups need to prove they have at least 1500 willing buyers:

  "The threshold must be met in order for the plate to be produced.”

 Haupt says legislators have approved specialty plates that never met that threshold so they never got made, though he couldn't say how often that's occurred.Critics say the proliferation of specialty plates make it hard for police to identify vehicles.

  NEW IN 2014 LICENSE PLATES INCLUDE:Wild TurkeyChildhood CancerDiabetes AwarenessIllinois NursesRed CrossIllinois Police AssociationAlzheimer's AwarenessPrince Hall MasonsK-9 MemorialH Foundation (Cure for Cancer)Retired Law Enforcement 

By Amanda Vinicky Peoria Public Radio


The Curing Childhood Cancer License Plate will be a state-wide program through the Illinois Secretary of State's office allowing Illinois residents the opportunity to purchase a license plate for their vehicles to support childhood cancer research.

In order to endorse the full-time availability of this specialty plate Illinois residents and supporters need to secure 1,500 preorders to the Secretary of State’s office within a two year period beginning January 1, 2014. If 1,500 orders are not reached within two years money collected will be split and donated between the two organizations as intended.

Supporters can preorder their desired number of plates by going to cyberdriveillinois.com and searching for Specialty Plates (Curing Childhood Cancer). The cost per preorder is $50. The state will begin production of the specialty plate once the 1,500 minimum preorders have been reached.


Edward "Ed" Zoran, ALPCA 1231, MAPA 76, age 81, passed away on Friday, February 7, 2014, in Joliet, Illinois. Retired after 30 years at Caterpillar Tractor Company, Ed was an avid and very well-known collector of license plates, city stickers and car memorabilia. A moment of silence took place in his memory at the February 22, 2014 MAPA meet in Joliet. He will be greatly missed.



This new plate type was spotted on an old military vehicle but no information is on the Secretary of State website.

Ducks Unlimited, Inc. is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and conservation of wetlands and associated upland habitats for waterfowl, other wildlife, sportsmen and the general public


Purple Heart Motorcycle License Plates may be issued to any Illinois resident who has been awarded the military’s Purple Heart medal. A surviving spouse may obtain a set of plates. The Purple Heart plate has also been designed in a smaller size specifically for motorcycles.


License Plate Renewal Process Goes 'Green', $1 Million In Savings Expected

Secretary of State Jesse White’s office said it is on target to save more than $1 million from changes it’s implemented in its license plate renewal process.

The changes basically involve eliminating some of the paperwork involved in people obtaining new license plate stickers each year.

“We’ve become very green and try to be as efficient as possible,” said White spokesman Dave Druker.

The biggest savings is expected from a change the office implemented in February. It stopped sending motorists the familiar renewal notices that could be folded into a return envelope to renew a set of plates. A motorist would send a check to renew a set of plates, and the office would return a license sticker and new registration card.

Now, the office sends a postcard that lists various renewal options, including doing it electronically, by visiting a driver’s facility or using the mail. If motorists wish to renew by mail, they now have to supply their own envelope.

The office estimates it will save $1 million from the change.

“It’s smaller and cheaper and doesn’t have the envelope with it,” Druker said.

Also, he said, the office found “a lot of people” didn’t use the return envelope in the old mailing. Still, if people prefer to get the old mailing, they can call a number on the postcard.

“The fact is, if someone prefers the old system, they can do that,” Druker said. “If they would like an envelope next time to send it back by mail, we will send it back to them. They have to call us and let us know.”

Druker did not know how many people have made that request so far.

The office also estimates it will save $400,000 a year by encouraging more people to renew their plates via email. Last fall, the office began sending email renewal notices to motorists who had renewed their plates once electronically, urging them to continue the practice.

In addition, the office has set up registration forms allowing people to receive paperless renewals. People can also sign up by visiting www.cyberdriveillinois.com. They will need information from their previous registration card in order to sign up.

White’s office said more than 330,000 requests have been for email registrations.

By Doug Finke (doug.finke@sj-r.com)
The State Journal-Register
Posted May 13, 2013 @ 10:34 PM



Which Chicago Team Has the Most Specialty License Plates on the Road?

CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks are the most popular sports team in Illinois, at least based on license plate preference.

According to the Illinois Secretary of State's office, the Hawks have the No. 1 specialty license plate in the state, with 8,356 plates purchased.

The Blackhawks — who have a bright red plate that features the team logo — beat out all other city sports teams.

The White Sox are next, with 4,893 purchased plates. That figure is perhaps surprisingly more than the Bears (4,519), Cubs (4,393) and Bulls (1,528).

The Blackhawks' plates debuted in 2010, after the team won the Stanley Cup, while the other four Chicago pro sports teams' plates were released in 2011.

"The Chicago Blackhawks license plate was the first in the sports series to be made available to the public, and their fan base embraced the opportunity to purchase the license plates," Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White said in an emailed statement.

The specialty plates are pricey, as much as $330 for first-time vanity plates. Annual renewal is $141 for specialty plates, $42 more than standard plates.

April 22, 2013 6:09am | By Justin Breen, DNAinfo Senior Editor


The upcoming MAPA meets are:

February 27, 2016,Will County Fairgrounds
710 S. West St
Peotone, IL
April 30, 2016, Stone City VFW Post #2199
124 Stone City Drive
Joliet, IL 60436
August 13, 2016, Wauconda American Legion Hall
515 South Main Street
Wauconda, IL 60084
October 15, 2016 Stone City VFW Post #2199
124 Stone City Drive
Joliet, IL 60436



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