Missouri drivers to get new bicentennial license plates
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri drivers will be getting new red, white and blue license plates to commemorate the state’s upcoming bicentennial.
The new plates will be distributed when vehicle owners apply for or seek to renew their license plates over the next couple of years, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported . State officials aim to have the plates in place before Missouri’s 200th anniversary in 2021.
The bicentennial design features red wavy lines on the top and blue wavy lines on the bottom to represent Missouri’s rivers, with the state seal in the middle. The new design will replace the current “bluebird” models that feature the state bird atop a hawthorn, the state floral emblem.
The new license plates cost the state about $17 million. The money will be returned by charging residents extra fees of $3.36 for regular plates and $7.54 for personalized plates.
State officials had asked Missouri residents to vote on some of the possible bicentennial plate designs, but those being considered were rejected by the Missouri Highway Patrol. The agency wanted white backgrounds to make it easier for troopers to read the plates.
The Highway Patrol tested various plates and settled on the current bicentennial design after determining it “offers the greatest readability of all plates tested for visibility during the day and nighttime hours,” according to the Department of Revenue.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com