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New Missouri License Plates Are Available

As of today, the new Missouri license plates are available, after being chosen by popular vote. KSMU's Benjamin Fry reports.

If you find yourself waiting in line at the license office, you may be in for a treat.

The new Missouri license plates are out, six months ahead of schedule.

This time Missourians had a say in the new plate design, with more than a quarter million people voting between three possible plates online.

The winning design is faded blue and white and sports an outline of the state with a bluebird sitting on a Hawthorne branch.

David Griffith is the spokesman for the Missouri Department of Revenue.

He says symbolism played a big part in why the design won.

"I think the design of the plate, maybe why it received a 56 percent endorsement was because it had the bluebird and the Hawthorne branch which are representative of our state symbols," Griffith said.

Griffith says the new plates will make it easier for law enforcement officials to determine if someone is driving with illegal or expired tags.

"The first alpha, letter that's in the license plate identifies what month the date is due, the color of the tab identifies what year it is due," Griffith said.

Griffith says people who aren't too crazy about this design have other choices in branding their vehicles.

"They can apply for their own specialty plate, and a number of clubs like the Lion's Club have done that," Griffith said.

To create their own plate design, organizations or clubs must have the design approved by the department of revenue and pay an application fee of 5000 dollars.

For individuals, the cost of personalizing license plates will remain the same.

I'm Benjamin Fry, for KSMU news.


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