Friday, June 22, 2007

Kansas gets new License Plates. They're Blah!!!

A lot of you know that I am a license plate geek, well, a geek in general. Here's the new Kansas License Plate. It's pretty plain. Here's what the Wichita Eagle had to say about it.

Gone are the Statehouse, golden colors and the wheat. Soon vehicles across Kansas will display a much simpler license plate. The new "Ad Astra Per Aspera" plate is being issued first in Ellis County but soon will be available statewide as the stockpile of existing plates is eliminated.

Unlike the current design with a likeness of the Statehouse that debuted in 2001, the new version uses just one color -- blue -- and features the Great Seal of the State of Kansas.

Kansas law requires the state to make over the basic license plate every five years. The last revision was in 2001, but the Kansas Department of Revenue obtained a one-year reprieve.

The state will issue new versions of the plates only to people who buy a vehicle and have no plate to transfer to it. Carmen Alldritt, state director of motor vehicles, said the approach is expected to save the state $4.2 million.

Changes to the state's vanity plate, which is brown and has a likeness of a bison, aren't expected for a couple of years.

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