Newest Kansas license plate design announced after 270K votes cast

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After going back to the drawing board and taking input from residents, the Kansas governor’s office on Monday announced the new state license plate design.

People living in Kansas were invited to vote online through Dec. 15  as many times as they’d like for any of five new proposed license plates designs. The designs were created by Mammoth Creative Co., a Kansas-based marketing firm.

Kansans in all 105 counties submitted nearly 270,000 votes.

The victorious design features the Kansas Statehouse dome inside an outline of the state and a yellow, white and blue gradient background. It won more than 140,000, or 53%, of the total votes, according to Monday’s news release.

“It’s great to see Kansans’ passion for representing our great state,” Gov. Laura Kelly said in a news release. “Now, we can move forward on a design that received majority support and get clearer, safer license plates on the streets as soon as possible.”

Kelly on Nov. 22 announced a new plate design that drew criticism from many residents in the state. Some compared the plates to old New York state license plates; others said the colors reminded them of a non-Kansas university’s colors. That proposed design was among the five options but only received 5% of the votes.

This is the first time the state has allowed public input on the standard tag, and Kelly has asked the Kansas Department of Revenue to review its process for selecting license plate designs moving forward. Neither the additional updated designs nor the voting process were additional costs to the state.

“The Department of Revenue is pleased to have a design selected so it can promptly get to work issuing the updated plates,” David Harper, director of the Kansas Department of Revenue’s Division of Vehicles, said in the release.

The new plates will be coming to vehicles beginning in spring 2024.

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