February 11, 2013
Melissa Couture

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap Reminds Mainers that the World Acadian Congress Commemorative License Plate is Now Available

AUGUSTA - Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap would like to remind Maine drivers that the new commemorative license plate authorized by the State for the 2014 World Acadian Congress is currently available for purchase.  This is the first commemorative plate produced by the State of Maine since the United States celebrated it’s Bicentennial in 1976.

The World Acadian Congress/Congres Mondial Acadien (CMA) is a huge event held every five years in a region of the world inhabited by Acadians.  It draws more than 50,000 visitors from 44 different countries and has an economic impact that exceeds $50 million.  In 2014, the CMA will be hosted by the international region known as Acadia of the Lands and Forests, which incorporates the northernmost part of Maine, as well as northwestern New Brunswick, and southeastern Quebec.

The Maine Credit Union League partnered with the State of Maine and World Acadian Congress to make the license plates available for sale at participating credit unions throughout Maine.  For a complete list of locations please go to

A commemorative license plate is different than the specialty license plates issued by the state to support various causes. It does not have any numbers/letters on its face and cannot replace the legally issued plates. The legislation passed by state lawmakers allows for CMA plates to be placed over the front registration plate of the vehicle until they expire in December 2015.  The existing registration plate on the back of the vehicle must remain on and visible.