It’s now official: Atlanta United fans across Georgia can get license plates featuring the team to show their fandom.

Gov. Brian Kemp signed legislation authored by state Sen. P.K. Martin, R-Lawrenceville, to create the team license plate during a ceremony at the team’s Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground in Marietta on Monday. The plates are expected to become available for pre-orders and mail delivery on May 28.

In a tweet, Martin called the occasion a “great day.” He and team officials joined Kemp for the bill signing ceremony.

The team began in 2017 and its fans quickly began pushing for license plate. Under the law that created the specialty plate, a portion of the proceeds from sales of the plates will go to the Atlanta United Foundation to support its philanthropic efforts.

The state Senate passed legislation creating the license plate in late February to coincide with a team visit to celebrate its 2018 Major League Soccer championship. The House, in turn, passed it in mid-March.

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I'm a Crawford Long baby who grew up in Marietta and eventually wandered to the University of Southern Mississippi for college. Earned a BA in journalism (double minor in political science and history). Previously worked in Florida and Clayton County.

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