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TexasTowelie

(110,320 posts)
Thu Nov 23, 2023, 04:26 PM Nov 2023

Kansas adopting new vehicle license plate design, jettisoning eroded embossed tags

TOPEKA — A Kansas license plate with dark text on a blazing yellow background will replace in 2024 the peeling raised-letter tags that years ago became an impediment to law enforcement officers trying to quickly identify vehicles.

“Many of the embossed plates out on the road have become difficult to read due to significant deterioration,” said David Harper, director of the vehicle division at the Kansas Department of Revenue. “Replacing these plates will not only help law enforcement, but ensure that drivers can be easily identified in case of emergency.”

The existing Ad Astra plate, anchored by the state seal with a light blue background, was released in 2008 under Gov. Sam Brownback.

Five years ago, the state began transitioning to digital production with a process that printed flat plates when ordered. However, embossed or raised-letter plates have remained on the road far beyond their anticipated life cycle. Embossed plates lose half of their reflectivity after five years, making them especially difficult to read at night.

Read more: https://kansasreflector.com/2023/11/22/kansas-adopting-new-vehicle-license-plate-design-jettisoning-eroded-embossed-tags/

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Kansas adopting new vehicle license plate design, jettisoning eroded embossed tags (Original Post) TexasTowelie Nov 2023 OP
What about other states? I've only ever had the raised embossed kind intrepidity Nov 2023 #1
NH, MA, Vt all have plates embossed + coated. Mopar151 Nov 2023 #3
Another Brownback "innovation". LastDemocratInSC Nov 2023 #4
I find it surprising there's no standard national US plates OnDoutside Nov 2023 #2
How many old plates do you have and what do you do with them? bucolic_frolic Nov 2023 #5
I have a couple hanging in the garage BOSSHOG Nov 2023 #6

intrepidity

(7,184 posts)
1. What about other states? I've only ever had the raised embossed kind
Thu Nov 23, 2023, 04:39 PM
Nov 2023

Wonder if the issue is peculiar to Kansas and their manufacturing method?



Mopar151

(9,923 posts)
3. NH, MA, Vt all have plates embossed + coated.
Thu Nov 23, 2023, 04:54 PM
Nov 2023

I have some over 30 years old, and they still clean up well! I've never seen plates that bad!

OnDoutside

(19,863 posts)
2. I find it surprising there's no standard national US plates
Thu Nov 23, 2023, 04:53 PM
Nov 2023

In the EU while numbering is up to the individual country the general format of the plates are very similar.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_vehicle_registration_platew

In Ireland we have a straight forward system in the format

IRL on the far left, then

999 XX 999999

The left 999 stands for year and first six months or second six months

XX stands for County

999999 is a sequential number

So if you see

232 C 12765

It means the car is the 12765th car registered in Cork in the July to December period of 2023.

If it was Jan to June it would have been 231 instead of 232

bucolic_frolic

(42,124 posts)
5. How many old plates do you have and what do you do with them?
Thu Nov 23, 2023, 05:29 PM
Nov 2023

I must have about 30. It was a family thing. For generations.

BOSSHOG

(36,598 posts)
6. I have a couple hanging in the garage
Sat Nov 25, 2023, 09:59 PM
Nov 2023

Over 50 years old. And some we’ve kept throughout our various moves. I find them to be great collectors items. I find them in antique shops usually very cheap. They make great birthday presents for old brothers in law. A tag from the year of their birth. I have some of our old tags hanging in bars and grills in South Louisiana and South Mississippi. They make nice decor.

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