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June 13, 2014

Cherokee auto tags available to every member

TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee citizens across Oklahoma can now buy a Cherokee Nation license plate, according to a media release.

The tags are on sale at any of the five Cherokee Nation tag offices, which are in Adair, Collinsville, Jay, Sallisaw and Tahlequah.

Last August, the Cherokee Nation became the first tribe to expand its motor vehicle tags statewide under a compact with the state of Oklahoma signed by Gov. Mary Fallin. Previously, only citizens who lived within the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction could buy them.

Oklahoma has about 80,000 Cherokee citizens who live outside the Cherokee Nation jurisdiction. At-large Cherokee citizens in Mayes, Muskogee, Rogers, Tulsa and Wagoner counties can now purchase a Cherokee license plate and receive the same cost savings benefits as citizens who living inside the tribe’s jurisdiction. Citizens in the other counties throughout the state will receive a 10 percent discount rate when buying a Cherokee license plate compared with the cost of a state license plate.

The state of Oklahoma receives a portion of the at-large motor vehicle tag sales under the compact. The revenue will benefits roads, schools and law enforcement within the Cherokee Nation.

To buy a Cherokee Nation license plate, citizens will need to provide all necessary state required documents, a tribal citizenship card and an Oklahoma driver’s license. Citizens purchasing an at-large Cherokee motor vehicle tag do not have to show proof of address.

At-large citizens can also mail their documents to the Cherokee Nation Tax Commission, P.O. Box 948, Tahlequah OK 74464 to purchase their motor vehicle tag.

For addresses of the Cherokee Nation tag offices: www.cherokee.org/Services/TagOffice/At-LargeMotorVehicleRegistration.aspx or call the Cherokee Nation Tax Commission, (918) 453-5100.

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