Licensed amateur radio operators can now purchase special license plates for their vehicles with their call sign stamped on the plate for an extra $5, thanks to recently passed legislation.

Other special group plates cost $50, in addition to regular registration fees. But radio operators were amended out of the special group fee because of their service to public safety, a state motor vehicles administrator said.By showing an operator's call sign, which indicates an operator's level of expertise, on a license plate, law enforcement and public safety officials can more easily locate a licensed radio operator in case of emergency, said radio operator K.C. Norseth.

A fiscal note attached to HB10, which exempts amateur radio operators from the license plate fee structure, said the state Transportation Fund stands to lose $6,000 by not charging the $50 fee.