Governor Kelly Rescinds New Kansas License Plates

By Quinn O’Hara

Governor Laura Kelly announced today that the Kansas Department of Revenue has halted production of a new license plate design that was announced on Wednesday, November 22nd.

In a press release, the Governor stated that in response to public distaste for the license plate, she is adjusting the process so Kansans can provide direct input on the next Kansas license plate.

She notes that one of the main challenges designers face is meeting the primary reason license plates exist: a clear and easy to read identification placard.

The criteria for new plate designs states that, among other requirements:

Any phrase, motto, or slogan must be placed at the bottom of the license plate, any graphic must be placed on the right or left side of the license plate number, and graphics must not interfere with the ability to read the license plate number.

The Governor’s Office will share more details on license plate options, the voting process, and how this announcement impacts the transition from embossed to print-on-demand plates at a later date.

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