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CODOFIL Unveils Custom License Plate to Encourage Francophone Identity

For more information contact:
David Cheramie
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Today, the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL) unveiled the new Francophone custom license plates. The plates feature the Louisiana iris on a landscape with the words Chez nous autres meaning “Our Home.” Designed by the late Richard Guidry, a long-time French teacher and former French language coordinator for the Department of Education, the vanity plate purchase not only exhibits Louisiana and Francophone pride, it also benefits French immersion.

“Our educational and awareness campaigns are designed to advance CODOFIL’s vision of giving the French-speaking communities of Louisiana the means necessary to live their lives in French,” said CODOFIL Director David Cheramie. Cheramie encouraged residents to purchase the plates to show pride in their historic French community’s while enhancing their future.

The plates will be available at the Department of Motor Vehicles offices throughout Louisiana in July. They may also be ordered now through the Office of Motor Vehicles by calling (225) 925-6371 or by visiting any DMV office. The initial cost of the plate with a number assigned by the Department of Motor Vehicles is $61.50, the annual renewal fee is $50 with a portion of each fee being donated to French immersion.

For more information about CODOFIL and its mission to enhance the Francophone identity in Louisiana, visit

CODOFIL was created by the Louisiana State legislature in 1968 to preserve and protect Louisiana’s then-decreasing Francophone speakers. The CODOFIL mission is two-fold: to offer Louisiana’s citizens, whether they be of French ancestry or not, the opportunity either to learn French or to enhance and utilize the French they already know; and to explore, understand and support Cajun, Creole and Francophone heritage in Louisiana for the cultural, economic and touristic benefit of all its citizens. The council treasures the past in order to enrich the future by affirming the Franchophone identity through education, community outreach and international exchanges.