The three key elements of the new state license plate are all Nebraska’s own.
“I think that this plate really incorporates a lot of things that are unique to Nebraska,” Governor Pete Ricketts said to reporters at the plate’s unveiling. “We’re taking the colors from the state flag for the color scheme. The Sower is absolutely unique to Nebraska. It’s our sesquicentennial year, so we’re going to be branding about that.”
Ricketts says he does not expect much criticism from the public over the new design.
Rhonda Lahm, director of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), says there was a tight turnaround time in creating the plate and getting it approved.
“The process to get the plate designed does take some time and the previous (gubernatorial) administration felt that the decision should be of the new administration,” Lahm told reporters. “With that timeframe, and we used designs from the past that the public had submitted, that allowed us to make sure to get a design completed on time.”
The DMV expects to produce about 5.2 million new license plates for the years 2017 through 2022.
“Everyone (with the current standard plate) will be required to get a new license plate in 2017,” Lahm said, “so all vehicles of all types will have to get a new license plate in 2017. January is a large plate month.”
Lahm says you can expect your new license plate before your current registration expires.