New legislation establishing the universal specialty license plate DOES NOT affect the current 109 specialty license plates on the road today. Owners of any of these 109 specialty plates may continue to renew these plates and individuals may continue to purchase the current specialty plates for their vehicles. However, any new specialty plate created by the Illinois General Assembly for a specific cause or organization going forward would be required to have the organization's unique logo affixed to the new universal specialty license plate. The new law takes effect July 1, 2016.