According to Thayer License Fee Agent Ranetta Ray, beginning June 16, the newly designed plate will be available at the department's motor vehicle office and all contract offices. She said Missourians who register or renew a registration after June 16, will receive the new plate. Personalized and specialty plate re-issuance using the new design will be available Jan. 1, 2009. To date, more than three million new plates have been produced.
Ray said Missouri law requires a new plate by 2009 and with the June 16 re-issuance date, the department is well ahead of that deadline. She said the public's input into the design of the new plate was invaluable and gave every citizen a voice in what the new plate would look like. The Department of Revenue worked with law enforcement in the design process of the plate.
"The plate re-issuance will assist law enforcement in being able to determine if a license plate is expired by simply looking at the color of the tab and the configuration of the numbers and letters on the plate. To address the growing problem of tab theft, the new tabs will be placed in the center of the license plate," Ray said.
She said the new design can be seen at the department's Web site at www.dor.mo.gov.